‘I was criticized for not being Igbo, light skinned’ – Idia Aisien opens up on career struggles

Idia Aisien, a Nigerian actress and model, has spoken out about how women are perceived in her country.

In an interview with media personality Chude Judeonwo, the actress discussed the criticism that accompanied her debut performance in Play Network’s ‘Nneka The Pretty Serpent.’

She said, “When it first came out in the cinemas, I was a little bit heartbroken by some of the comments that people were leaving. Comments about me not being light-skinned or Igbo, about me destroying what meant something to a lot of Nigerians.

Nigerians loved their veteran actors. They love their Nollywood classics. So, it was something that I just wished people could see how much passion went into it at the time.”

Aisien buttressed her point by stating that the Nigerian community needs to respect and love women more.

According to her, many Nigerians attribute the success of women to their male counterparts because they don’t like or respect them.

She said, “Nigerians need to be kinder to women, we don’t like women in this country because if you look at everything in terms of job, pay, and how women are treated.”

Aisien links her point back to the criticism that followed the films, stating that the major reason for the criticism is because of who played the role of Nneka, the complexion, etc.

She said, “I was hurt at first because Nneka is a fictional character and anyone could bring something different to the character but I don’t think that tribe and skin colour should matter. I mean, Black Panther was Americans pretending like they are in Africa. A lot of people who criticised it (the film- Nneka the pretty serpent), criticised it because of the choice of Nneka, which broke my heart.”

Her comments come at a time when there are many controversies surrounding women, their lifestyles, and their sources of income.

Recently, OAP Nedu was chastised for making derogatory remarks about women.

Former BBNaija housemates and other celebrities spoke against Nedu’s remarks about women, which sparked outrage.

Nedu, on an episode of his show The Honest Bunch, alleged that many ladies who go into the BBNaija house go there to find customers for sex as that is all they have to offer.

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