Toyin Abraham’s new movie is bridging the gap between ethnicity in the movie industry
In 2016, Mercy Aigbe called out ThisDay Style, saying “they won’t want to stain their magazine with a ‘razz’, ‘local’ Yoruba actor”. The internet was in support of her claim as well as Yoruba actors like herself. She further stated that “I really don’t know why there is the disparity between English and Yoruba actors. However, she said also said Yoruba actors also need to let people know that they are also a part of Nollywood and demand to be respected as well”.
Fast forward to 2018, Toyin Abraham released a new movie titled The Ghost and the Tout. The movie is a fictional story of a young lady played by Toyin Abraham who grew up in a Ghetto and met with a ghost after an unfortunate incident that happened to her. The movie cast consists of a host of A-list actors cutting across thee major ethnicities in Nigeria. Some of them are Femi Adebayo, Chioma Chukwuka, Rachael Okonkwo, Chiwetalu Agu, Chioma Omeruah, Dele Odule among others.
The movie bridges the gap between Yoruba actors and English actors. Popular faces we see in Yoruba movies play comfortable roles in the movie without losing their usual characterization. The is a right step in the right direction. Over the years we have seen the mix between the two groups but not like this. Both groups are ably represented giving the movie a robust angle.
More movies like this will help foster a strong relationship between the two groups of actors and also show unity as a country. Our diversity as a nation should be seen as a strength and not a weakness. If more movies exemplify the diversity that binds us as a country, we can begin to see ourselves equal.