Long Before the #Melaninpoppin Became a Thing, Ireti Doyle Almost Lost a Major Gig Because Of Her Dark Skin


Some women in Nollywood bleached their skin because women with lighter complexion were often given better roles and opportunities. While some have bowed to that pressure, some have maintained their stand and today, it is paying off as the craze for lighter skin is gradually fading away.

20 years ago, Ireti Doyle almost lost a job because they said she had the ‘wrong’ skin color. She didn’t bleach, and today, she is one of the most celebrated actors in Nollywood in spite of that skin color.

She wrote,

I shot my 1st tv commercial over two decades ago. It was a major deal for an upcoming actor; for the visibility and the pay check.I nearly lost that gig for being the wrong skin color. I didn’t match the client rep’s “ideal”.

SEE ALSO: “They Just Preferred Light Skinned People” – Uche Jombo Reveals How Hard It Was For Dark Skinned Actresses To Get Lead Roles In The Early Days Of Nollywood

Thankfully, the director, Mr. Wale Fanu wasn’t a push over. He told the chap to let him do his thing or take him off the project.

Fast forward 20yrs, “Melanin Poppin” has become a # and the dark skinned girl is having her day in the sun. It might take a little while longer, but eventually it will be clear that “loud and obnoxious” is not quite the same as “bold and audacious”…And that being polite, soft spoken and demure, is not “fake”; neither is it a “weakness”.

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