Nollywood Actress, Khadijah Ayoade, says she finds it uncomfortable when actors fights on social media as she spoke in a recent interview with Sunday Scoop.
She said, “I don’t like it when actors call themselves out on social media. I usually say that social media is ‘evil’ and the Internet never forgets. Whatever you put out on social media will remain there for a very long time.
“I would rather we settle our rifts in person or over the phone, instead of calling out ourselves on social media. I don’t like drama. I don’t like to fight anybody on social media at all. It’s a bad thing. I like to mind my business. People should learn to work on their emotions. They shouldn’t allow their feelings control their actions. There should be a limit to everything. There are more mature ways of handling issues outside social media. We all need to learn not to wash our dirty linens in public.”
The actress also maintained that sexual harassment is not peculiar to Nollywood. She said, “There is sexual harassment everywhere; not only in Nollywood. But, have I been a victim? I don’t want to talk about it.”
On why some celebrities find it difficult to stay relevant, Ayoade said, “I always tell people that they have to think of ways to step up their games. One has to be like 20 steps ahead of the next person because every day, actors come in from everywhere. There are so many talents out there waiting to be discovered. So, one needs to go out of one’s way to do more. If one is not ready to do more than what one feels one can do, staying relevant won’t be easy for one. If we think ahead, leave our comfort zones and kill laziness, it is possible to remain relevant.”
Recalling how she joined the movie industry, the Iya Ibadan actress said, “I studied Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan. I started acting on stage in 2009, but for movies, I started in 2015. I joined the industry through a director called Abiodun Bogumbe. He saw me in school, said he liked my craft and started inviting me for jobs.”