Up-and-coming actress, Adeshinaola Olabisi Adufe, has said the pressure from cyberbullies frustrates her sometimes as a thespian. The light-skinned actress, who delved into the world of entertainment some years ago, noted that beyond cyberbullying, her inability to meet the expectations of some of her fans was also a major problem.
She said, “I can’t afford a fake life; it is very expensive. I’ll have to lie all the time and cover up a lot of things. It has ruined people’s careers. Sometimes I get tempted, but I am contented.
“Some actors live beyond their income just because they want to look expensive; it’s not limited to the movie industry alone.
“I made a lot of sacrifices when I started; I was owed for my services many times. Sometimes, I don’t even get paid. I am happy that I have another source of income through my business.
“I produced my first movie in 2018. I have close to five movies that I have produced on my own. It is challenging to see that people do not appreciate some of my efforts in movie production sometimes. Despite the fact I have to fund myself; after the movie is released, I receive backlash sometimes online.
“I am happy with the impact my movie on child abuse has had on the viewers. After the movie was released, I received a lot of text messages from young girls telling me how their stepfathers and uncles took advantage of them in the past.”
She also talked about the importance of being within a circle in the movie industry. According to her, there is a form of discrimination that exists in the movie industry, in the sense that some of them prefer to work with people within their circles.
She said, “Actors usually have a group they prefer to work with; this sort of discrimination affects the growth of up-and-coming actors. It is a huge challenge. I have been discouraged several times, but I keep encouraging myself. If an up-and-coming actor doesn’t belong to some certain caucuses, it may be difficult for them to rise.
“Cyberbullies are also one of my major challenges; some of them say negative things to me. They even go to the extent of asking me if I am truly an actress. They expect me to buy followers on social media to boost my online profile. Also, some people who ask me for money insult me when I am not able to give them.”