Let Ye Who Have Done Better Cast The First Comment

On June 24,one of Nigeria’s major actresses, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, shared the joyous news on her Twitter account that she would be making her US television debut  in the hit series “Hit The Floor,” which airs on VH1.

The Nigerian blogsphere and entertainment world was buzzing about what her role would be, what she would wear, what she would say and so on. Omotola starred as Akon’s date at a fundraiser in the show and radiated as she gave her only line, “thank you, girl.”

Immediately after the show aired, comments started pouring in, many of which were of negativity and ignorance.  I was surprised to read things like, she had a “wakapass role’ and she devalued herself by doing the role. I would like to first ask this question to the many people that decided to post such comments. What have you done with your life lately?

I can only attest such comments to jealousy and self-inadequacy because there is no reason to belittle someone that is doing something with their life, no matter how small it is, especially in an industry that is very hard to break into.

There is a major difference between Hollywood and Nollywood and to have one of our own branch into a more experienced and creative industry is something to be applauded and not taken lightly. Nollywood is an industry that can produce 1 million movies in one year, while the American film industry may just produce a handful in one year. Why? Because quality and creativity take time. The reason why we even know top names like Mercy Johnson, Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola is because just a few years ago we could see the same ladies in the same hundreds of movies per year playing the same old home wrecker, juju-priestess, and housewife fighting her husband’s mother roles that most Nigerian movies are known for.

Fortunately, the Nigerian film industry has seen a gradual transformation in the last few years and things are getting better. However, getting a role in Nigeria will still continually be simpler than getting a role in the US because there is still so much structure that the industry needs to attain. So when an actress or even a musician of our own has been swimming in a sea of comfort for years and decides to branch out into something more difficult, it is our duty to support him or her and not bring them down with hurtful comments like, they are belittling themselves.

No! They are not belittling themselves! They are setting themselves up for greatness because it takes guts and courage to do the extraordinary.  (Extraordinary actions yield extraordinary results)

In a structured industry such as the one in the US, extras work almost as many hours as some of the lead roles and even get paid at times. Many famous actors and actresses started out as extras and as walk-ons on many programs and commercials. The way to build anything in life is to start small and work your way up. People seem to easily forget that because in our country, many are given handouts and actually started from the top as opposed to the bottom (ex, people who are teachers one day and then become filthy rich the next day when they switch over to politics)

Like the pastor at my church always says, may you not be the enemy that someone else is praying should be destroyed. It is contradictory to go to our respective churches or mosques and pray constantly for progress and blessings and for anyone against our success to be destroyed, and yet come online to spew hateful and thoughtless words to others working hard to succeed in their respective industries. Granted, celebrities and entertainers put themselves out there to be critiqued by the people and there are indeed different types of fashion blunders, publicity stunts and actions that need to be questioned by reasonable people, but only when the comments are reasonable themselves and in-line with the situation at hand. And in this case, the situation at hand is one of laudable ambition.

Omotola is an inspiration to the entertainment industry and a good example of how to pursue your dreams.  This was her “first” role of such as she tweeted, and she can only go higher because she has taken a leap of faith in a completely new environment.

Whether you are believing God for a good job or a big role in your industry, the best way to start is to actually first get your foot in the door. So the next time your friend tells you she wants to open up a bakery and wants to start by peddling her bicycle around Ketu with her cakes in the basket, (imagine her name is Omotola) don’t tell her she is degrading herself. Tell her that she should go for it. Offer her your help in any way you can and pray that she succeeds, because in doing so, you are sowing a seed for yourself.

Toyin Olaleye is a writer pursuing a Masters degree at the Johns Hopkins University, USA. She’s the unpublished author of “Oh! So You Are From Africa, How Come You Speak English”  and is extremely passionate about Nigeria.

173 Comments on Let Ye Who Have Done Better Cast The First Comment
  • damsel June 27, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Please,tell them.

    • Teris June 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      abeggii! “tell them” gini?
      look our very own Omosexy made a CAMEO appearance on some tv-series. khalas!
      that’s what her PR-peeps shudda put out. that wudda earned her more respect in the area.

      and STOP calling it a “role” already!

      • Diran June 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm

        It’s not some tv- series … Our very own Omosexy made a cameo just like Akon and other celebrities did on the HOTTEST tv series only rivaled by scandal of ABC. She did a cameo and acted as herself “Omotola” which is the highest honor any show can give you and to be given an African! Respect! You guys should stop acting like illiterates. We want more for Omotola yes but this is a Major kick through the door. A VH1 door, a Hollywood door and NO ONE prior to Omotola had ever achieved this. What we should say is Welldone and lets go for more….

      • Stopping By, Showing Love June 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

        here we go! this article is about you TERIS….hater!

      • maria June 28, 2013 at 8:24 pm

        abeg hit the floor does not have the same rating as scandals oh. i like the fact that omotola put herself out there she took a leap, i am not mad or upset about trying u have to try but when you go on twitter and call it a debut or her publicists called a role a scen or what ever they called it, they made it go out of proportion and made it look like she was going to have this big role we Nigerian we can make same lake look like an ocean, people were upset because they felt deceived and disappointment a friend of mine here cooked and invited her American Friends over to celebrate her Nigeria celebrity it was a slap in the face when all she did was thank you girl really we should have been told that is was something small and we would understand that she tired not raise our expectation and bring it down.

      • Zara June 29, 2013 at 8:04 pm

        LOL Diran, did you just call Hit the Floor the hottest TV series that only rivals Scandal??? LMFAO!!! Please yall need to stop!

  • gistyinka blog June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

    she really nigeria home made…

  • JADE June 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

    shez got a good point oh, na small small

  • Bleed blue June 27, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Toyin I agree with you on most points! It truly saddened me when I read some of the harsh comments.

    The way I saw it was…what if she were my blood sister? My cousin? My mum? My best friend? Would I not celebrate her achievements, be they tiny or grand? She’s making her mark in Nigeria and abroad and is taking noteworthy steps. People need to simply just respect another human being as you would expect to be respected.

    Although to be fair, I’m not sure “jealousy” really had a part to play in the barrage of negative comments. I feel many expected a lot more due to the media buzz and announcements prior to it airing and just couldn’t find a productive way to register their disappointment.

    In any case, I hope people take heed and try to give constructive feedback/criticism in future instead of resorting to verbal cyber attacks.

    • Nash June 28, 2013 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks for clarifying things, like ou said the negative outbursts is due to disappoint rather than jealousy. Our Omotola is seen as one of the 100 most influential people in the world so to see her act as ” wake pass” after all the hipe from the media was a big blow!

      • bsky June 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        nne thank u ooo… idk wht this write is saying. i couldnt evn read the whole thin cos it makes no sense… I mean i love omotola. She’s a great actress. She’s accomplished so many things. I’m glad she evn featured in the show. But my problem is why overhype smth that isnt worthy. See me see wahala…

  • Chic June 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

    WORD! Tell them!

  • isaid!! June 27, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Totally agree with the writer. Keep flying Omotola!!

  • meme. June 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Please, everything isn’t hate, truth is that wasn’t a role worth the hype. You can’t take 100 steps forward and 1000back and call it progress.
    There’s no difference between OmoT’s “role” and a bank manager leaving Nigeria to go and do cleaner in yankee all in the name of greener pastures. We all want to move forward but d direction should truly be positive and add value. No hollywood director is going to hire OmoT for saying “thx girl” in a vh1 series and. That’s the truth. She can’t take that clip to any audition, Ije will give her more than that clip will ever do. So what’s the benefit?

    • Enlist Me June 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

      The benefit is in taking little steps and working hard to make contacts in the industry. Competition is fierce and nothing will be laid in front of her on a platter of gold. So if she’s climbing slowly, let her climb.

    • Claus Von Stauffenberg June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Some valid points there.
      I think we can certainly commend Omotola for trying to break into Hollywood and we can wish her well in her attempt, but let’s save the hype for the appropriate time and acknowledge that our actresses are not quite there yet.

      AND what’s with this habit of always asking people what they’ve achieved. I see it too often. It’s either someone’s point is valid, or it’s not. Going on about what commentators on a faceless forum have achieved is unnecessary!

      • Idak June 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

        It tells you more about the person asking the question than the person being addressed. They fail to realize and accept that the www is a leveler of persons and before it all men/women are equal. By asking such silly questions they are seeking unsuccessfully to extend the oppression they employ in the real world onto the virtual world.

    • Masked June 27, 2013 at 11:48 am

      well i don’t think she hyped it, she was only very excited that she was going to be featured in an American series even if it is a ”wakapass”. Media outlets helped her to broadcast it more just d same way you would be happy if u saw yourself on life TV and u write it on ur BB status or twitter but wait o,noone will hype it for u cos noone knows you….nd btw comparing a bank manager who turned cleaner abroad is way out of context….ori awon yen lo buru!

      • Mo June 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        I think some of us are so myopic that we cannot see beyond our noses! Bank manager to Omotola isn’t an apt comparison. Definitely, Hollywood is bigger and better than Nollywood, and she has truly peaked here so venturing, howbeit small, into Hollywood is a step forward. We have seen Oprah play small roles for diversity’s sake, why not Omotola?

    • Naomi June 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      I really agree with you meme, I believe ppl should take tiny steps but for crying out loud Omatola is a star in naija, it really speaks low of us cin her as an extra in a Tv series (not even a block buster movie), look at bollywood for example, most of the stars now act in foreign movies “and not as extra’s”, thou one can say there ain’t no good structures in nollywood, but regardless we have some very good actors…I have always been one for constructive criticism and really Omatola should not have acted the role she had in the tv series, I believe she can do a lot better and I know if she believes she can act as good as foreign actors, she would get better roles!

    • tensiond June 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks you my dear. Very thought out response. Everything isn’t hate.

    • Tiki June 27, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      THANK YOU! How can someone who has won numerous awards and such go and have a one-liner in a movie, AS AN EXTRA? Nope, she just shot herself in the foot with that one. No matter how new you are to a country, experience should count for something. She just reduced herself to the level of someone who just graduated from any academy. After decades in the business o!!!

      • CaliforniaBawler June 27, 2013 at 5:22 pm

        My sister…shoot gini?? Please Let me ask you one question> Do you think when Omotola wanted to become an entertainer her dream was Nollywood? (commercial) Nollywood was even barely existent and had no glamour to it back then. How do you crucify someone for chasing their dreams? She wasn’t an EXTRA it was a cameo appearance…Her name was even mentioned! It’s not like she was a janitor/waiter that the camera just breezed past na( now that’s an extra)Yea, maybe her PR peeps blew it out of proportion…it probably would have been nicer if she didn’t say anything about it and peeps found out themselves. But please let us be respectful of people’s dreams. People talk about Her, Dbanj and co going to America to hustle, please if they where inspired by Americans nko? Abi If DBanj’s role model was JayZ and Sound Sultan’s role model was his IK Dairo does it not make sense that they would define success in different ways. I personally don’t like OmoT that much ’cause I’ve been told she very rude and full of herself. But I certain beg to differ on this particular topic.

      • Stopping By, Showing Love June 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

        you are so ignorant. How does winning awards in Nollywood compare to Hollywood?

    • maya June 27, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      even beyonce and halle berry act as extra’s on tv shows. sometimes dey don’t even talk!! it is a very very big deal!! do you know how hard it is to get an appearance on a tv show!!! i don’t blame all you little minded people!! watch wen she stares in a blockbuster and her audition was that wakapass!!! and yes you are a full blown hater!! its a disease go get checked

      • HUh June 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm


      • Ona June 27, 2013 at 6:13 pm

        LMAO @ all the oversabis on this blog! Beyonce and halle as extras on tv shows??? R u high?? First off, Halle is an Academy award winner, so tv shows are literally beneath her. Big screen movies are the ultimate and thats where she reigns. Beyonce during her upcoming days cameo’d in some tv shows but yes she did speak and the show’s theme for that episode centered around her group “destiny’s child”. Ur comparison is highly flawed and u are just lying thru ur nose.

      • Naija in Alaska June 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

        Name the movies please?

    • slice June 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      I just want to say to all the mothers and fathers who left naija seeking greener pastures for for their kids and accepted so called lower jobs like cleaner and cashier so we could eat and survive till things stabilize, may God reward you richly for your sacrifice. And we ddont see what you did as demeaning but understand that u humbled yourself and started afresh in a new place

      • Big Mama June 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Thank you ooo slice! God will use our enemies as our footstool…the same people who are saying you left Lagos as a bank manager to be a security guard…you have no idea what middle class in America is compared to whatever status you think you are…and the children who reap superior education and opportunity and grow up to be successful..that is a sacrifice worth more than gold…let them stand there and throw stones at the LITTLE accomplishments of someone when they have nothing to show for their so called dignity. Oni ranu….hsss

      • Gbedusky June 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Ur comparison is so flawed. That wakapass role omotola play earned her lessthan her usual pay in nollywood i can guarantee u that. My friend used to be an extra on (american) tv shows and i know how much she got per gig. The parents that came here and sacrificed i bet were doing better than they did in naija or else they woulda sent their kids to uni from naija like most rich people do. Omotola was just showing off. She’s always forming bestie with the actress kimberly so im sure she begged her to land her a role and she thought it’ll trip nollywood fans. #fail

      • slice June 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

        @Gbedusky, I get your point but I was making responding to Meme’s comment above where she said…”There’s no difference between OmoT’s “role” and a bank manager leaving Nigeria to go and do cleaner in yankee all in the name of greener pastures. We all want to move forward but d direction should truly be positive and add value.”

        I know they didn’t put my comment right under Meme’s so you probably missed why I said what I did about mothers and fathers that move abroad and do odd jobs.

    • FBI June 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      but would she because of that not take the role…NO!, i agree the hype was too much for the role especially when she tweeted about the debut, but then on the other hand she added “do not despise the days of little beginning” so maybe thats what she meant – that it was a small role.

      i yabbed her at first cos i was expecting something more cos of the hype, but its aii, i wish her the best and hope for greater things to come in the future.

    • slice June 27, 2013 at 11:07 pm

      @Gbedusky, I get your point but I was responding to Meme’s comment above where she said…”There’s no difference between OmoT’s “role” and a bank manager leaving Nigeria to go and do cleaner in yankee all in the name of greener pastures. We all want to move forward but d direction should truly be positive and add value.”

      I know they didn’t put my comment right under Meme’s so you probably missed why I said what I did about mothers and fathers that move abroad and do odd jobs.

    • Stopping By, Showing Love June 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

      you obviously have NO idea what you’re talking about. How can even compare those 2 situations??

  • Iceicebaby June 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I agree with the writer. Cyber bullies and nay sayers #badbellepeople

  • Prettyme June 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Abegiii she acted nothing… soon we wil hear she even paid 4 d role. Hisss

  • TruthMustBeSaid June 27, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Very good report and I totally agree with everything said in the report. Only aimless and foolish people do not see an ambitious person.. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde will get there.

  • Whales June 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I find that we Nigerians are too critical of each other. The best we can do is to talk each other down. You need to take a look at most of these people who criticize and insult-most are low lifes/bums who have nothing to do and no plans for the future or anything. Pathetic!

  • Ngozi June 27, 2013 at 11:45 am

    GOD BLESS YOU!!!! I was disgusted the negative reaction. Yes her appearance in the show was short but i suppose so was akon’s. In their respective rights both parties are recognised in their home countries but Nigerians were more than happy to label akon’s appearance “cameo” and omotola’s “waka pass”.
    We fail to laud our own but are always prepared to celebrate others. For those who submitted unfounded criticism, do you think it’s easy to be a video vixen(not that I am pro the booty shaking) talk less of television show? I support the writer’s statement that most comments were fuelled by envy! Jealousy! This is why we are where we are as a country, well partially! We complain all the time. Someone said “no matter how hard you try, Nigerians will always criticise”. I hate to rely on this as an example, but take for instance the late goldie. Nigerians failed to applaud her creativity until she passed. I was shocked to read comments praising her post humous video “Miliki” even though I’m sure the reaction would have been adverse had she been alive when the video was released.

    This needs to stop. Before you jump on the bandwagon of trolls, think first. Omotola’s well done! I hope this opens more doors for you!

    🙂 x

  • Ngozi June 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

    *be in a*

  • omobolanle June 27, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Completely agree with you meme. Ije wl gv her more chance than this n I’m sure if tese ‘I’m a fan’ people can just put sentiments aside, they will agree too. OmoT u r way better than this. Who is Akon anyway, abeg joor

  • Stella Kashmoney June 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Word. May Gold bless you for this piece.

  • Africhic June 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    The writer had a point, but people posting have a point as well. We see British actors crossover all the time and are given supporting roles, Omotola is a star and definitely deserved better than that role. Anyway to each their own

    • Chic June 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      You are seriously not comparing the British or European for that matter film industry with Nollywood are you?

  • Libra June 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

    she has spoken!

  • Amaka June 27, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Toyin Olaleye you’ve done well!

  • Motun June 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Gosh! Still thoughtless comments, some people are just born s***d and hateful….Reasonable write-up*thumbs up*

  • Walkthetalk June 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I’m not a fan of Omotola or Nollywood actors/actresses in general but hey, I wish them well.

    Yes some comments are hateful, however most critical comments of her and other actresses/celebrities and what have you are not fueled by hate/envy/jealousy like some people have said. Perhaps the criticism could have been more constructive. But I think it is the fact that Nigerians are waking up and refusing to have mediocrity fostered upon them all in the name of someone having gone to jand/yankee and came back with some nonsense/mediocre goods/products/services! then charging you an arm and a leg for it.

    To the ‘haters spotters’, I live abroad before you write that I am a hater who has never stepped out of naija hence the criticism.

  • Esther June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Omotola Well done!! At 35 and have accomplished all you have to date, Well done!! A Wife, mother and Business woman. Such an Inspiration. I celebrate you and Pray God directs you to that place in your career that has your name all written on it. A place you coin and the world contantly celebrates you for that Achievement. Well done!!

  • Deluxury Queen June 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Anything can happen…. See Idris Elba (Thor, Promethus et al)… he’s now doing blockbuster movies, David Oyelowo or Oyewole (Last King of Scotland). So the opportunity is great for her.. All the best our Role Model…. Whoop Whoop…Humble beginnings will surely be rewarded…

  • Neff June 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Toyin,I totally agree although I’ve come to realize that in Naija, haters will always hate! Imagine someone saying she took 10steps froward and 100steps backward! How is a cameo role in a Hollywood movie any step backward? Common! Another person said Ije was a better movie, is Ije a Hollywood movie? It’s so easy to be a critic, try getting a role in Hollywood and see if we won’t applaud you. Even the Bible says not to despise your days of little beginnings. Omotola is going places, as much as I don’t like the word hustler,cos it sounds like a dirty role, Omotola is a hustler and bigger roles IN Hollywood WILL COME. Who in their wildest dream would have thought that Tyler Perry would cast a KimK in his movie? But he did! Keep at it Omosexy,Gos bless your hustle.

    • hmm June 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Lol im an Omotola fan but your comment sounds quite inferior a bit a bit….lets be proud of Nigeria …the person was only stating that Ije would be more of an accomplishment on Omotolas CV than the role she had if she were to apply for a Acting Job………and Ije had collaborations abroad………

      • Msunderstood June 27, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Exactly, Ije is a very good movie and it showed her acting prowess.

  • Lavender June 27, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Its not easy breaking into Hollywood especially for African Americans. Talk less of an African! I hav read about a couple of actresses from South Africa who were doing really well in Mzanzi but went to the states hoping to get into Hollywood. Alas! it got so bad that for month they could not find work and bills need to be paid so them came back “home”. As for Omotola, the lady is doing her thing and hopefully she has a strong team coz its not easy!!!!! This one is survival of the fittest

  • wiklo June 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I bet if it was another equally well known pretty Nigerian actress (G), the same people been anal retentive about Omotola would be saying otherwise!…uttering a line as an up and coming (yes she is by the standards here not Nollywood) in Hollywood is a “BIG” deal o, if ya don know!!

  • ALEXA June 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Well spoken!!!

  • fred June 27, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Someone just said who is Akon anyway, R u serious? @akon go to is twitter follows to start with, he is a celebrity, with a status higher than Omotolas’, they called his appearance Cameo and called omotola’s waka pass.. Omotola keep going higher jor.. Those that are talking if it’s easy go and get a “waka pass” in a Hindi series, not american o.. I’ll quote omotola “A new journey starts with a step”…

  • The Grinch June 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Ta ni awon eleyi referring to Television as Hollywood???? Abeg, abeg, abeg… Point isn’t about what she has achieved… That’s a given, she’s lived many people’s dreams and over… However, Omotola no be pikin… Yes, we should talk little steps before we leap but c’mon, that was a WakaPass role, literally…. How dissimilar is this from D’Banj’s in Kanye’s “Mercy”??? No, we aren’t advocating for styaing within ones comfort zone dey form LocalChamp, however, she’s one of Africa’s greatest actresses, so when we hear she’s making her debut even if na for space, we need to see her act not ummmm, it’s again, WakaPass… Why we no go hear say them done commot Aunty Genny’s scenes in Half A Yellow Sun??? Let’s celebrate African Icons WalkingPast or featuring in DeletedScenes.. Yay!!!!!

  • Chum chum June 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Am tired of this kind of news, Omotola and her waka commentators should just get a life please.

  • dp June 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    God bless who ever wrote this article

  • ben June 27, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    like seriouslyy. omotola didn’t recieve the hype she needed and she is now complaining. what i will say is, it wouldn’t change the fact dat omotola is too desperate for my liking and the role was waka pass

    the truth be told omotola is gud in naija not hollywood. the writer shld be tel her for me. there are soo many good looking nigerians who left hollywood for nollywood and omotola want to go hollywood. i beg make she drink enough cold water and stop the desperation. i use to like her but not anymore.

    • fred June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      It’s official this ben’s brain cells are gone.. Bella Naija someone needs a brain surgeon…

  • ben June 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    omotola is jar of all trade master of known. all she needs is fame.

    • Ada Nnewi June 27, 2013 at 1:19 pm

      Jar of all trade master of known?!?!?!?!?! Really?!? “laughing in swahili”…Please if your type make up the majority of Omotola’ s detractors, she really has nothing to be disturbed about…For future reference please note that the phrase is actually “Jack of all Trades and Master of None” which in no way accurately describes Omotola…Thank me later

    • Laide June 28, 2013 at 11:13 pm

      Bn ..kilode…this ben’s comment should have awaited moderation oo..jar ko jug ni

  • Motun June 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    @Meme, so Akon wont get any more endorsements or bigger music hits because he has belittled himself in a cameo role? C’mon

  • Jo! June 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Abeg abeg, so you actually sat down and wrote a whole article to respond to online haters? as in seriously? you get job sef

    • jcsgrl June 27, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      And you actually had time to read and comment on someone’s writing? Who needs a job? Someone delivered service for you to consume and you’re here yarning rubbish. Abeg waka pass…

      • Idak June 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        so if the service no dey up to the consumer’s spec,im no go complain again? Which kin PDP style of bullying be that?

      • Jo! June 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        who be this one? abeg abeg shift comot from my matter…

  • missseeninaction June 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I think this article is rude, no one has any right to ask anyone- what have you done with your life, and then rate it as a reason to justify whether they can comment or not! That is the epitome of cyber bullying. Secondly, I dont blame people for ‘negative comments’ not everything is about being a hater, its just for months, all we have seen from blogs(not Omotola’s instagram) but blogs with huge captions like Omotola in Holywood, she’s taking over America, and anticipation built up! Only for her to say one line and leave, its like, rewind that, is that all? Its not hate, but I dont see Spielberg saying, bring that one liner African movie into my studio, its not memorable and Omotola CAN do way better! #myopinion

    • dammy June 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you so much for that, i have never seen omotola as a great actress, in fact watching her movies made me cringe but she has been travelling up and down and hyping herself since! The way they did her show was like she was the greatest actress ever, one day she’s in jamaica the next she’s in america, i am happy for the achievement but i think she is doing this more for the fame than the recognition of her talent.

    • Jo! June 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm


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      • Chick on fire June 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        I personally think Dammy, ona and idak are the same person. You guys should watch the writing pattern . Na wa for chronic haters oh. LWTMB. I should say professional haters not waka pass ones.

  • Prettyme June 27, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    @meme thumb up

  • Idak June 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    This article is designed to stifle debate and conversation. As long as the comments termed ‘hateful’ are not insulting and do not attack physical features or family i fail to see why they should be condemned. While some of us did not care about the original article and did not comment on it, we must desist from terming every comment ‘hateful’ simply because it does not tally or support our own opinion or viewpoint. Afterall, for all the seemingly undeserved praise that this actress in question gets online, i have not seen an article asking for her fans to tone it down and be a bit more realistic in their showers of encomium.
    If you were writing an article to address the banality of roping Genevieve Nnaji into every article written about the actress in question,i’ll understand but writing to suppress persons from airing their views (as long as it is civil) is a repressive act that just does not gel.
    Whether she chooses to be in Nollywood or Hollywood or even Bollywood is her own decision,fans retain the right express their views on whether the supposed hype was worth it or not. The actress in question is not worth an article seeking to stifle that right. As long as all remain civil in approach.
    Calling the opinions ‘hateful’ is an abused and expired term that only instigates more ‘hate’ will trivializing the genuine hate in the process.

  • missindividual June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I agree with the writer we need to celebrate our own and encourage them instead of bringing them down. However, i dont think that the writer needed to belittle the Nigerian film industry in the process. You are talking about us supporting one of our own yet you made Nollywood seem insignificant and that I dont agree with. Moreso, i dont understand why success in the western world is the ultimate badge of achievement. Let us also celebrate those that are doing well in our industry (playing the same roles as you put it) and be proud of what we are doing and have done. None the less we need to put a stop to cyber bullying amongst nigerians online

  • jcsgrl June 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Whether its wakapass or waka look, Which one have you done? One thing in life don’t ever think you’re too big to stoop down. Stay there and be bashing her for taking small role that is beneath her. You will hear when she will land big role. Go and talk to African American actors who we think have made and see the roles they still get in Hollywood. Some still get wakapass roles but they are striving. Sometimes like a stone in a sling you might need to be pulled back in order to propel forward.

  • HIshd June 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I am the biggest Omotola fan that you will ever meet. Lets face it though. She is too big to be doing movie extra role. That role she played was straight up movie extra. It can never be that bad OmoT. Genevieve will never accept such. IT was degrading and I was embarrassed for her. We are all her fans so no one is hating. This post is too weak. When people air their opinions, it should not always be translated to hate. No one is jealous of her and no one is hating. The truth is bitter. Omotola degraded herself with that 2 seconds of fame. No casting director will even remember her. I was embarrassed for her. She looked very excited too which made me cringe.

    • fred June 27, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Sweetie I put it to u that u are NOT an omotola fan… I’m a fan, I wanted to see her act but well she didn’t, she made an appearance so it’s not enough to come here and write trash, she did something people are begging to do..

    • Rex June 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      You are definately disguising as an omotola fan , you’re not. We can all see and read behind all you desperate commentators coming to slander but trying to seem to love and just telling the truth. Hmmm…God is watching you people.
      Omotola Jalade, Akon acted cameo also called Guest appearance but haters who desperately want to ruin this MAJOR feat want to stamp a term waka pass in everyone’s mind.
      Tell me, what waka pass acts as themselves? Hmmmm
      Tell me what waka pass does @vh1 and the entire cast of a production tweet about is going to be on their show?
      This is a few jealous people trying to belittle this African Pride. Hmmmm
      Thanks and God bless you Toyin olaleye the sensible writer of this piece! You know intelligent people from their dept of knowledge. Omotola before every glory there’s a stormy story. This should assure you your victory is VERY NEAR.
      An omotola lover and addict believer.

  • Yinkz June 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Kai, U pple sha. U are not even patient enuf to find out if there are future scenes where Omotola acted a proper role and spoke in this series. See bashing on top one woman. If it was a political matter or an educational article, some will not even drop a response, dem go just wakapass like they claimed Omotola did.

  • Mz Socially Awkward… June 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    People, lets leave all of these our plenty talk and long comments. In my mind, everything that’s been said about “waka pass role” and what-not just boils down to one very simple fact about Nigerians – we don’t commend or appreciate little things. Mbanu, afterall everyone knows that Nigerians only recognize BIG things, nah!! Shikena.

    Someone up here already likened this cameo to a bank manager moving from Nigeria to take on a cleaner’s job abroad. Mbanu, forget dignity in labour. No small man’s job for us, even if he left Nigeria for better prospects and did a cleaning stint during a full-time MBA year to eventually land a sweet gig at GoldmanSachs. Mba, don’t you know he was a manager a.k.a oga? Bet why?? This, dear friends, is why too many Nigerians are seeking to “hammer” by any means necessary because at home, you aint nothing till you’re somebori. And when you’re somebori, everybori gats to know, ya feel me?

    I could care either way about Omotola (no offence to her acting, I’m just not really invested in watching Ngierian movies) but the amount of comments her posts generate makes me read them (yeah, I’m bored like that on some lunch breaks). However, I will say this – my respect will always be given to anyone who isn’t consumed with their own sense of prestige and isn’t afraid to stoop down to certain levels if they have to for any particular ultimate objective.

    My people, I hail all of una!

    • Sandra June 27, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      God bless you and Slice for your comment. You both couldn’t have said it any better. Nigerians have the mentality of I am too big or too good to do this particular job. I know two people that went to ivy league schools and lost their job during the recession here in the States. One of them went to get a job as a coffee barrister in Starbucks until he got a good offer. Someone like ‘Meme’ would have probably said with all your ivy league degrees how can you stoop so low to that level. This is why housekeepers, chauffeurs, and gatemen are treated like crap because the Nigerian society sees their job as some low job.

      • slice June 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm

        you are absolutely right. And I give credit to those people. there are many fathers and mothers that come to the U.S. and meet tough times and then absolutely refuse to do those odd jobs even though they could very well help with the dry times. I watched my doctor uncles do odd jobs here so their kids could have great education! God bless them

  • Peaches June 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Please people respect the fact that she wants to leave her comfort zone and try something new. Some of them in Nollywood started as ‘wakapass’. There is nothing wrong in trying. Keep your 2 cents advice for your kids and family. We all have ideas and dreams some havent even put their ideas to reality,yet u wont encourage those that are trying. People learn to encourage others…

  • Mide bello June 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    “Hit the floor” just honoured 2 ICONIC africans, Akon very renowned singer and Omotola, A-listed Actor and currently one of the most influencial women in the world. Both their names were mentioned representing self. Its so unfortunate a lot of the haters cannot recognise this is not acting. This is like an endorsement you get paid for. The MC called Akon by name to make a donation and mentioned addressed Omotola by name telling her, how beautiful she looked. God!! how can one not recognise this self role play and its importance. All you guys better lay off. Its a beautiful thing that just happened to Omotola cost she’s the best right now.

  • X-factor June 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Some Profound truth.. Not only for the Omotola’s stuff but for life..thumbs up !!

  • John Doe June 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Those who say Omotola ‘reduced’ herself, have NO idea how Hollywood works, plain and simple! Hollywood is the HARDEST industry to break into. People work for close to decade before even uttering a line. Even veteran actors in Hollywood struggle to land roles. What she has done is huge for someone coming from an industry that is a joke on the global stage. British and Indian actors will get roles because they have STRUCTURED industries in their countries. Those actors have a market value as opposed to Nigeria where the movie industry hasn”t been monetized properly. Also, people are missing the point that those small roles are EXTREMELY important in building your resume and CONTACTS! Not forgetting the fact that even if she doesn’t make it big, she might be opening the door for the next actress. Nigerians are just too comfortable in their ignorance and talk about things they have no idea about.

  • nigerians hate too much, gosh June 27, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    God bless you for this article

  • Jo! June 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I really don’t understand the point of this article. Yea, I get what you’re saying, but people will always say what people will say! You simply can’t tell people what they can or can’t say with their mouths (or fingers)! It is their opinion, whether it s “hateful” or mean or whatever, it is Freedom of Speech. If you don’t like their opinion, then IGNORE it, but you can’t change peoples minds, and comments.
    Celebs have got like a bulls eye on their back, they just have to deal with the fact that they would always be under a microscope, I’m not saying it’s easy, but it’s their reality and a direct result of the recognition they actually worked hard to get #irony.
    I always wonder why people in the public eye just don’t ignore “haters”, I mean, I know you’re all human and have feelings (of course) but due to the nature of your lives/jobs, you have to GROW leather as skin, else you can just go & kill yourself if you listen to everybody.
    Even me, regular me, I take constructive criticism o, but except for my family members and close friends, I let nobody’s bad words get to me, because I realize, 1. they’re not important (to me), 2. These people don’t matter in the grand scheme of things (for my life) and 3. I just don’t care! If I were a celeb, I would NEVER respond (and would try hard not to read) blog comments particularly and possibly fb and twitter comments.
    I mean, life is easy, don’t make it difficult for yourself. Even Omotola as you can see, is taking my method and completely ignoring these people, so seriously, this issue is not that serious and shouldn’t be made to seem like it is, definitely didn’t require a whole write-up.

    Biko, relax, life’s short, focus on the important and discard the jagbajantis #peaceout

    • Hope June 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

      This This This all night long!! I don’t see the point as well.. I am an Omotola fan, and I can understand why there are/were mixed reception to the “cameo” or “waka pass” whichever you want to call it. Besides, I don’t think its ‘hate’ when people say she shouldn’t have done it as everybody is entitled to his/her own opinion as long as its not personal, and like you said, life is too short to be taking things like this far too seriously.

  • wiklo June 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Really “The Grinch”… US TV series not regarded as Hollywood because it’s not film, na wa o..all the Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos, Dynasty, Dallas, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Scandal, actors n actresses should just hide their faces…wonder why the likes of the Hollywood reporter or Extra picks up stories about TV when doing their gigs either on the tube or online….thanks for enlightening me Sir?Madam..@ HIshd, extras are almost never given lines/talk in a scene but when they do they technically are seen as actors/actresses…the other guys sitting or standing around, raising hands in that scene she appeared in are the extras, they are put there to make a scene look more natural (kind of like filling up space)….

  • Nicole June 27, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    In Hollywood, when your a black actress, no role is Wakapass. African American actresses can barely themselves get good, significant or major roles let alone any role, lest it is for the likes of Tyler Perry. So, the fact that Omotola is even there is a huge deal. Everything is relative folks. Their Gabrielle Unions, Sanaa Lathans and even Angela Bassetts often have to settle themselves into small screen series otherwise. Tell me when last have you seen Brad Pitt or a Demi Moore do a series or feel the need to do one just to be able to work. When? That Omotola is even there is a big deal and when you’re an actress/ actor, as a far as I am concerned, any role no matter how small is work and can open doors to a world of other people and bigger projects. It’s networking for crying out loud. So, it’s not a waste. I mean, is it that folks expected that Omotola would just walk into Hollywood blazing… don’t see how that would be possible or why anyone would expect it given what we should all know about the industry. Omotola is a hustler. She does what she can and I appreciate that, but what’s that saying about prophets and their own… Keep Pressing forward Omotola

  • BabyDee June 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ohhh jeez, can i please and please comment that the show “Hit the Floor” is NOT a movie. It is a weekly series about Cheerleaders!!
    That being said, yes, OmoT hyped her appearance, and I guess everyone including herself believed she would get quality screen time. What sometimes happens is that during filming she may have been given a few lines, and multiple scenes to appear in besides the one liner, and made to believe all of those lines\scenes would make it to production, only for just one scene to be selected and the rest didn’t make the cut. Several times, actors film certain scenes, and only for their scenes to be entirely edited out of the final cut for whatever reasons. The producers don’t usually tell the actors what they did and most will find out when the movie\show is released to the public.


  • jinkelele June 27, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    call a spade a spade Akon was did a cameo Omatola was an EXTRA that they where not bothered to redo the scene so that they could say her name right. She was called OMATELLO please. How does that help her? for a VH1 TV show not even a major network tv show. There are tons of nigerians doing great acting work in the US and Europe and we celebrate them but I will not congratulate Omatola for that wakapass role please, she can clap for herself if she thinks she’s worth it.

  • jinkelele June 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    chai its not good to type in a hurry. ‘Lets call a spade a spade Akon did a cameo Omatola was an EXTRA that they were not bothered to redo the scene so that they could say her name right. She was called OMATELLO please!! How does that help her? for a VH1 TV show not even a major network tv show. There are tons of nigerians doing great acting work in the US and Europe and we celebrate them but I will not congratulate Omatola for that wakapass role please, she can clap for herself if she thinks she’s worth it.’

  • Omo1 June 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Yawns..I am tired of hearing news about Omotola o! BN everyday Omotola this, Omotola that..I’m neutral about the whole thing with her but sometimes I’m forced to think she might be getting too desperate. All the best to her!

    • Idak June 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      I hereby certify you a hater. Come and join the club.

      • Omo1 June 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

        Like I give a damn..#yawning more

  • anu June 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Great Article Toyin, can’t wait to read your book. all the best

  • Ona June 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    This writer can like to take a chill pill.

    That wakapass role wasnt worth the hype omotola incited period! Can u imagine Aishwariya rai doing such a role?? Common y’all! It seems like our naija artists; dbanj, omotola….dont mind eating crumbs off the floor as long as its dropped by Westerners esp Americans. If u dont set standards for urself, u will remain there. Bollywood lead actors/actresses and even musicians come to the west and kill it. But our own come over here boasting about kurukere roles they managed to get alongside American stars. Na wah!

    BTW, a naija friend of mine who went to college in UCLA used to play wakapass role like that often to put food on her table. Its no biggie boo!

    • Ona June 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      * “who went to UCLA….”

      • Chick on fire June 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        Madame ona , you wrote Alot of bull crap but I’ll only respond to one! Your friend who went to ucla acted waka pass roles but I guess till now no one knows her or you her advertiser still plus, I bet she never acted as herself in any of her waka pass roles and certainly never made it to anyone’s notice. You’ve done better than her you are getting noticed hating success on a blog! Clap for thyself, do shakara.

    • Naija in Alaska June 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Gbam, my point exactly. Bollywood actors and actresses with no experience or little experience get lead role, and you don’t see them in TV series playing extras. When i was in college at UCLA, I play extra to make “pocket money” and they pay useless $150-$200 for wasting your time. So, what’s the hype for?

  • damepenelope June 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Toyin Olaleye thanks for your article.There is a question I want to ask you.Are you,in any way,by the title of your article suggesting that Omotola has done better for herself than all the lovely people who comment on this blog? If this is true, pray thee,tell,by what standards do you measure success,so that we can learn from you.

  • Iretidayo June 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    There is so much hatred in the Nigerian blog-o-sphere,it’s frightening. And like she said,do not be the enemy that someone prays against.*shivers*

    • Idak June 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      simply because a person offers an opinion different from yours,he/she is termed a hater and an enemy. Don’t scare people with that your thunder and brimstone prayers. God is not like that at all. Those sorts of prayers are an abomination to heaven.

  • Deedee June 27, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Ma Naija pips with their best phrase “am too big to do this and that”, na wa o!!!!! Dat’s the reason we are where we are today,coz everyone feels too big to perform certain roles. May God help us sha

  • Gbedu June 27, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This writer is disrespectful o. WTH kinda effry is this one? So ur opinion if valid, but others’ aren’t? This zombie mentality that some of y’all have irk me. Everyone is not the same, and CAN NOT possibly see things the same way, so proceed to take all the seats in the world abeg!

    As for this Omotola debacle, my only issue with her was how she hyped this things only to do a 2 second role. She seemed so excited too.lol. If it makes her happy sha….but i dont see european actors or bollywood actors doing anything like that. If she had kept quiet and perhaps sent bloggers the clip after it aired….i dont think people would’ve gone in this bad. But her habit of over-hyping everything she does is laughable sometimes.

    • AW June 27, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      I beg help me tell am! She just spoilt all her valid points by asking what people have achieved or done with their lives. So it is only those who have achieved something that can be critical of others? If that is the case, then the writer can also be asked what she has achieved that has made her critical of others? The fact that those who responded negatively have not won Oscars or Emmys does not mean that they should sew their mouth shut so as to please those who feel eminently more qualified to offer their opinions.

    • Chick on fire June 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Gbedu thank God you said ” your only problem with the whole thing was how she hyped the guest appearance”
      Well as many people have now informed you since you have chosen to be angry at someone’s influence, she did not hype it. You all did and righty so! Omotola is so big that even if she sneezes it will be headline News so quit getting angry at her hype/spread of news and face the matter at hand!
      She tweeted ” Tomorrow is my US TV debut…to her fans. Wasn’t it her US TV DeBut? Make una dey get bad belle with valid reason now? Even the mighty VH1 tweeted to all their millions of followers to watch Omotola and Akon ! What is Nigerian’s problem ? Why are we like this?
      This woman has done something that has never been done and we are Oliver twisting on her and unappreciative of her guest appearance? Ta! Make una leave our Omosexy oh. Pacesetters have to do the dirty hard job! Go ask the man that first went to the moon! #GodblessOmotola. Oh and before I forget.#Godblessthewriter of this article! Gbam

  • Conso June 27, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Wow, it’s very sad to see some of the comments here. It takes courage and strength to put yourself out there, we Africans suffer from the disease called PRIDE, “I have done this, I am that, I can’t do this, It’s beneath me” that’s how sometimes we miss out on great things. Even doctors’ back home, who comes to a western world, will go back to school in order to be recognized, so will you tell me that the doctor should not go back to school because it means taking 1000 steps back! Little minded people will never go anywhere, all they do is sit and criticize those that are trying. Pathetic! Bande des abrutis sans cerveaus

  • Dearie June 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I’m sorry but i find this article extremely rude,poking and pretty insulting to those who genuinely love Omotola as an actress but were disappointed at either the fact that her appearance was too short or the fact that she barely spoke (which wasn’t her fault in anyway). Asking people what they’ve done with their lives lately is pretty condescending. I read the article like a comment on a blog posted by an Omotola fan – only that this particular comment was posted on a bigger platform/made it to the homepage. Besides, there’s no bigger fan. I’ve been following Omotola like an ardent worshiper since the days of Mortal Inheritance and Daybreak. I expected more from her on the TV show but hey, what can a poor fan do? I’m sure Omotola couldn’t help the situation either.

    I’m afraid Toyin Olaleye, there’s absolutely no difference between you and the people you’re think you’re putting down in your article.
    Do enjoy your day.

  • HUh June 27, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Bella this is a very sensitive topic. Lol honestly everyone has the right to their own opinion. All I am saying is Omotola I am very proud of you love. First Nigerian to get on the big screen. BUT all I have to say is that, the hype was not worth it. You guys cant imagine how I told every Nigerian on my twitter that Omotola is going to appear on, HIT THE FLOOR. And that they should watch the show. I have been broadcasting this thing since like last week. Then I watched it I was so disappointed like no one understands. Everyone was like so this is what you made me watch. I I am not condemning, her an all but if you are going to be on a show with only 5sec scene then don’t hype it that much. Good job to her she we get better role. Maybe her managers will work harder this time. I am not hating I love Omotola so I am happy that she got her big screen debut but i am just a Tad bit disappointed with the who (Thank you girl 5sec scene). Better things to come for her IJN.

    • Ona June 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      What??! First Nigerian to get on the big screen kwa? First, this was not the big screen…and it was a cable tv show! Second; many Nigerians have starred on the big screen as well as tv shows….and had pretty impressive roles at that. Google boo!

      • shutup! June 27, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Love pls give many nigerians that have been on tv. you sound so ignorant because thats not true she is the first to be on an american tv show.

    • CaliforniaBawler June 28, 2013 at 11:02 am

      I’m on OmoT’s side but abeg…do you know there’s an entire moie about some boys trying to make it to a Sunny Ade concert?? and he actually featured at the end of the movie, abeg stop doling out incorrect info just to support your point. Plus tv shows are the small screen….

  • Nene Leakes June 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Naija sha…..it’s bad to be ignorant. This woman has been trying and working hard in order to go out there and make a good name for herself. She is putting NIgeria on the map in a very good way and all of you her condemning her for her role/cameo on ‘Hit the floor’. Does any of you even know what hollywood is about and how difficult it is to get in. Even the black american’s are struggling in that industry (please refer to oprah’s last chapter on black women in hollywood) let alone an African woman all the way from Nigeria. Omotola J-E is doing a good job, making the right connections. That’s all you need. One day this chic will blow up in Hollywood if she keeps at it, then we will all look back at her humble beginnings from the short role on ‘Hit the floor’

  • Molly June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    ya’all have too much time on your hands…..smh!

  • Es June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    FYI to all those saying she created the hype. She didn’t. She just asked her fans to go and watch her and even had a hash tag about humble beginnings; because they are humble. The role was not a leading role but a humble one. IT WAS A ROLE NONETHELESS. It was blogs and websites that started the hype and her fans, not her. So don’t blame Omotola for hyping her role, she didn’t. The people around her and the blogs and fans did.

    • Ona June 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      She tweeted it. Why wont it go viral? Not just once o but twice. The smart thing woulda been for her to keep mute till after the show aired(esp knowing she had such a tiny role), and then coyly had her PR crew send out the clip to bloggers. People woulda been less harsh. But the built up anticipation and major let-down thereafter is what’s pissing peeps off.

      • Chick on fire June 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        ….and who are you Ona to decide how she shares her happy news? Most people find this a milestone and are happy for it. Only backward people think otherwise and the ones who are actually just angry at how much omotola makes news! Deal with it! It’s not her fault you all want to know and talk about everything she does. That does not mean she dosent have a right to live her life!she’s the biggest female celeb in entertainment what do you expect. Where are all the noise makers who were arguing about her influence now?hahahahaha…. 3rd post on a subject, 105 comments on Bellanaija and still counting….Omotola is the most Influential woman in Nigeria period!

      • Hian! June 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm

        @chickonfire, Omotola? The most influential woman in Nigeria?????? That’s the joke of the century, influe-wetin? biggest female celeb? come ON gal… I appreciate your loyalty and love of Omotola o, but those general sweeping illogical statements though…
        women like you unfortunately help strengthen the notion that women are all beauty and no brains, no offence intended, just a statement of fact. Try and be a little more …intelligent & analytical (if possible) with your statements.
        PS: BN, post my comment, I haven’t insulted her, just making an observation #okbye

      • Stopping By, Showing Love June 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

        it’s called publicity ONA and that’s the way it’s done. You have to start by crawling before you walk, and then fly. So why not be happy for her??? Thousands of people waitressing/bar-tending in Hollywood hoping to get in a movie or TV show and she’s made some progress, BE HAPPY FOR HER, STOP HATING HATER!!!

  • marvel June 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I believe the negativity stems from envy. If an actress writes that she got a cameo, the over sabis are quick to point out that it was a fleeting appearance. If a student says she got a good grade, some disgruntled over sabi states that most students in the US achieve the same. I am not sure why ppl are quick to tell others that they aren’t good enough. The tragedy is, they argue that it is not hatred. I am sorry but I beg to differ.

    • Kemmy June 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Exactly!!! It beats me. Bella called for academic achievement submissions, peeps were quick to point out that ’twas nothing special’. Now Omotola has taken a step in the path of her dreams, same peeps are quick to tag it a wakapass role! Is it so hard to be happy for others? It wont hurt! Do not blame Omotola for the hype, blame all dem bloggers and wanna be celebs that put the whole thing in our faces day and night!

  • Amanda June 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    While some of you are trying to kill yourself over this; Omotola is probably sitting at home having a good laugh.
    Sipping bitter leaf Italian soda and strolling along.

  • Omotola June 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    @Chick on fire madam PR. You keep harping on about Cameo. Cameo and they couldn’t even say her name right. Please abeg. Don’t over hype. Even if she said her name wrong, if she playing herself was that important, the scene would have been re-shot. Please don’t invent the american accent. I live in the US too and my name is Omotola and Americans pronounce it omotola even though not with a 9ja intonation, but they sure as hell don’t call me Omatelo. Even when they mis-pronounce my name, they quickly apologise and ask if they pronounced it well and if i say not exactly, they ask me to correct them. So, for the show to be aired with her being called Omatelo speaks volume about her relevance. That kool aid you her PR team are sharing around no sweet abeg, make una go re-season am. Would they have aired a Tv show with Akon’s name pronounced wrong. WOuld they have aired it with the woman calling him Akin for example. Please take a stadium full of seats abeg. No one is hating. Nigerians don’t like the truth.

  • Jimi Hendrics June 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    In as much as Omotola has a right to broadcast herself to the world on every so called acheivements she made, others have rights to to critique her whichever way they deem fit.Omotola attracted the critique to herself she was the one one that went on twitter to announce her great debut in America hollywood raising the expectation of all Nigerians all over the world only for her to appear for less than a fraction of a second with Akon is very disappionting and substantially below what is expected from a so called nigeria star remeber she made Times 100 list of the world most influence people her status is way more than the role she played, in my opinion the role should have been reversed because i think she is way smarter than Akon.
    Next time MS Toyin from John Hopkins and all the average nigerians who delights in showing off should know we the people will not tolerate and no longer promote mediocrisy.

  • Omotola June 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    and of course VH1 would tweet about it. It is only polite. If they were going to tweet about Akon’s appearance it is only common sense that her name too would do attache because she was appearing as Akon’s date. So suffry suffry with the embellishment. Let her be a queen in her own backyard abeg and not blow things out of proportion

  • nene June 27, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    abeg this article is insulting herself.the comments are just honest

  • Dupsy June 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    God bless Toyin olaleye for this article and No this article is not rude,what have you done with your life?omotola did a wakapass role and what is your biz?Linda ikeji bought 8m car and somepple with write 1st to comment SHAME!

  • e-bukun June 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Oh ma goodnesss…it was NOT a role, she made a CAMEO. She played herself, which is a good thing because she was recognized as “OMOTOLA” a celebrity. gosh dang, get over it people. Next story.

  • bibi.e June 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Congratulations omotola


  • mio June 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Why wouldn’t d writer ask wot u have achieved. We sit in our houses and condemn oda people. Pls give her a break. Waka pass or waka stay, we r proud of u eida ways omo T

  • new bride June 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    I think this article is as rude and obnoxious as the comments from the so called haters! According to the writer
    “So when an actress or even a musician of our own has been swimming in a sea of comfort for years and decides to branch out into something more difficult, it is our duty to support him or her and not bring them down with hurtful comments like, they are belittling themselves”
    How the hell is it my DUTY to support Omotola? I don’t owe her anything and she doesn’t owe me anything either!
    By shoving your pro-Omotola opinions down our throats, you’re not any different from the ‘haters’ who shove their anti-Omotola opinions down ours throats too!!!!
    So please Toyin Olaleye, the next time you decide to write an article in defense of anyone or anything, make sure you’re not committing the same sin you’re accusing others of.

  • Blesson June 27, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Toyin thanks for thatpiece jare.. leave dem bad belles oooo…If they don’t insult, criticize who will!! It their job and hobby.#longhiss….. Omo sexy is making her name to the top and more $$$$$$$$… Keep it up OmoSexy

  • ojie king June 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Its amazing how this country is full of so much negativity. Thats why the country is still where it is and other countries who started before us have moved forward. I concur with the article. Hollywood has a structure and you have to obey its rules. They wont just cast you just like that. You have to be RIGHT for the part. I am elated that Omotola at least got a foot in the door. She was very good in ‘Ije’ and I see her doing greater things. We should be happy for her and urge more to try and go and learn the right way of doing things and come home and implant it here.

  • fulani man June 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Your CHARACTER is TERRIBLE. #That’sall

  • mo June 28, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Toyin Olaleye, disappointed much by your writing. Too judgemental no?

  • hahaha June 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I guess this .30 seconds role can go on her CV as HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS.
    (i batted my eye and missed her)

  • ju June 28, 2013 at 8:24 am

    to the writer it wouldn’t change the fact dat omotola is a wannabe. what baffles me is the way she made noise abt the whole thing. am sure omotolA can pay with her life to b famous.

    omotola seat ur ass down and let fame flow naturally. stop forcing it. today is reality flop tomorow is hollywood flop next tomorow will b music flop. please stop. please ma try and be ur self for once.

    • Hope June 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Actually, the reality show was a huge success. her profile went really high after that and more celebrities are now open to the idea. Not sure why im replying to you though, because I know you are here to give sensible debates but just throw insults at her but there you go!

      • Omo1 June 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

        “Huge success” you say? Hmmm

    • Chick on fire June 28, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Loooooooooooooooool….. Later one plain person will be arguing about Omotola being the most influential woman in Nigeria or Africa sef! Lol… Who else can bring out a person from yaba left ( mental institution ) or a person on medication to drop a comment and get noticed online? Hahahaha….only Omotola. Bella Naija lol post my comment oh…keep the fun going don’t be a spoiler oh. Lol

      • Seye June 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm

        I had to copy this comment, cos you did not respond. For someone who don carry this issue for head. Oya Omatelo. You play a cameo, and your name is pronounced wrong. Omatelo.
        @Chick on fire madam PR. You keep harping on about Cameo. Cameo and they couldn’t even say her name right. Please abeg. Don’t over hype. Even if she said her name wrong, if she playing herself was that important, the scene would have been re-shot. Please don’t invent the american accent. I live in the US too and my name is Omotola and Americans pronounce it omotola even though not with a 9ja intonation, but they sure as hell don’t call me Omatelo. Even when they mis-pronounce my name, they quickly apologise and ask if they pronounced it well and if i say not exactly, they ask me to correct them. So, for the show to be aired with her being called Omatelo speaks volume about her relevance. That kool aid you her PR team are sharing around no sweet abeg, make una go re-season am. Would they have aired a Tv show with Akon’s name pronounced wrong. WOuld they have aired it with the woman calling him Akin for example. Please take a stadium full of seats abeg. No one is hating. Nigerians don’t like the truth. and of course VH1 would tweet about it. It is only polite. If they were going to tweet about Akon’s appearance it is only common sense that her name too would do attache because she was appearing as Akon’s date. So suffry suffry with the embellishment. Let her be a queen in her own backyard abeg and not blow things out of proportion

  • Mayowa June 28, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Hi Toyin,
    when are you going to publish your book in the UK. It should be published in the UK. Read so many reviews from Amazon US . It would be an interesting read. Thank you.

  • MI MI June 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    OMOTOLA is one of the top 100 most influential people in the world for Chrissakes! It’s very disrespectful and belittling for anyone to even suggest that kinda role to her, and even a bigger let down of herself and her fans around the world for her to accept that insult. It shows they have no regard for our Omotola or African talents, and even worse that she doesn’t know her true worth. People should learn to accept the truth and not make ridiculous statements like jealousy and ignorance whenever they can’t handle truth and correction. We love our Omotola and hold her in very high esteem, but obviously she doesn’t see herself the way we see her, or she’s just too desperate to break in that she can settle for less than nothing. Too bad. Expecting that she’d get the lead supporting role may be asking for too much, but waka pass? Come on!

  • pamilerin June 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Most of you here bashing Omotola should just go to Toke’s Vlog and watch “MIND YOUR BUSINESS”…lol.Toke had you all in mind…

  • Life is a tree June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    This is why I don’t want to be a celebrity!-
    “Criticism” cos if you can’t accept it with the “Praises” u will be damned..not an easy sometin at all. Only the strong willed and humble can handle it all

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  • Chick on fire June 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    @seye/omo1/omotola I see you desperately need an answer from me. Let me help you so you can face your day. Lol… Didn’t answer the first time cause your comment the whole epistle was boring and filled with a lack of direction. Please even when I want to respond to haters I choose interesting ones. Warris this? Someone pronounced your name right and one said omotelo… So I should spend time on you? Does it occur to you that people have priorities…go figure…Ehn hen next?

    • Omotola June 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      You have priorities yet you still put your finger to a keyboard. Your last line shows that you lack comprehension because you just invented that line. Who called me omotelo? ROTFLAMO. Sillyness of the highest order. I carefully pointed out something you refused to address while you are doing Voltroning for Omotola. I can see that you still cannot understand the question. Ehya pele, aunty PR for Madam Omatelo. You still haven’t found an answer to justify why her name was mispronounced if she was in the show as a Cameo. If she was that important or highly regarded as you are painting it, at least them for try pronounce her name well. That one I am sorry I cannot get over or stop laughing. Omatelo and she even answered. Thanks girl. Anyway she only had 2 secs. She had to make it count. LMAO @Seye thank you o for calling her back to the issue that she sidestepped. Voltron = tunnel vision i guess

  • Chyke June 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Y did d so called Mr writer have to insult everyone? Eiyaaaa..I understand Madam fall ya hand with her waka pass role. It’s a s.hame dat w!th all her trips abroad of recent, all she cld c0me up with was a waka pass role. Shame dey catch me f0r her o.

  • milly June 28, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    PR stunt, please madam, let Omotelo know the truth! Hollywood is not by force!!! People have not done anything with themselves, good for you. But speak the truth at all times, you can not go on tweeter to ask people to go watch your show and not expect fieldback.
    Omotelo or orthello should stay in Nollywood where she belongs and stop disgracing us in America, see the way we were boasted to our African and American friends after all her PR stunts in Hollywood. At the end it was a 30 seconds show!
    PR madam please tell your client the truth, we are professional people who watch TV to wind down, you know when you call a prostitute a prostitute they get angry,but girl we are not angry, because it shows how myopic you are and how you people continue to promote mediocrity in Nigeria.

  • GIG June 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    to be honest, she got all the negative comments because it was over hyped…lol no hating…people were just expecting more that’s all. even me when i saw it i was like, “is that all”…i was expecting more – end of story! may be there is more to come in future episodes????

  • milly June 28, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I meant we boasted to our African and American friends! I beg make una nor let me break ogor for Omotelo matter!

  • so sickkk B June 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Eleven dudes and one lady #walkthatwalk my ms grad. day only female………………….
    so much so for the Misconceptions….I miss you friend #that’s all

  • Ngozi June 29, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Thanks alot for this post. people can be soooo annoying!

  • Na me talk am June 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Toyin thank you so much….the worst thing is that…this same haters end up at the ‘lost’ side of life…no hater ever amounts to anything….they hate everything including themselves…it’s a despicable lifestyle….pls when your book is out let us know…Well Done

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  • Phatgirlsbwinning July 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

    I love Omotola and I love and support Nollywood. I don’t believe people made comments about her wakapass role out of jealousy or feeling inadequate about oneself. The dissapointment came from the previous hype from Omotolas camp…her cameo appearance was called a “debut”, leading us to expect more. I think fans would have been less disappointed if we understood we where only going to see her for a few seconds. It’s all in the hype people…u can’t call it fireworks , if we are only going to see sparks. We are proud of Omotola and can’t wait to see more roles from her in Hollywood or nollywood…but let’s use the appropriate words when we are promoting in the future. In other words, I disagree completely with the authour of this article…but, I respect her opinion.

  • Moi July 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    To be honest, I laughed hard when I watched the clip on Youtube, but this article just helped me find a more balanced perspective. I do not think (still) that it was worth all the noise her PR guys made about it (or was it her sef), but it must be a career goal for her, so ssshhhh! Hollywood didint beans o, whether series or movie, cameo or major role. So, in a way, it may be a measure of her perception of career success. It doesn’t mean it is a measure the ‘public’ (fans and foes and thoes who don’t send) will find acceptable or praise worthy. Regardless, it is what it is, an appearance in Hollywood! It may never happen for her again, so at least she can say lightening struck once!

  • Omo1 July 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Madam chick on fire..stop trying so desperately to be heard or even noticed. I do not remember directing any of my post at you..so just take a chill pill biko! #longhiss

  • seyluv July 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    wahala dey,,,,,,,,na becos of omosexy u haters wnt 2 kill urself?lol……….pls jst let her be.

  • aj July 13, 2013 at 6:13 am

    omotola is going places! this is just the beginning of her hollywood debut.
    Im proud of her!!!

  • Purpleberry July 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Hey, let people say whatever they want, she was named by Times as one of the most Influential People…it doesn’t matter if she was no.1 or 100 on the list…she’s doing her thing! People need to get on with their lives and stop being crabs in a bucket!

  • Jasee Lee August 12, 2013 at 4:26 am

    This is completely unrelated to the subject matter of your article, but while I was reading your post, it occurred to me that for an article expressing your personal opinion, it was very well written. I was really impressed and then I got to the bottom and saw the part that said you were pursuing a masters degree at John Hopkins. At that point, I said to my self “of course she is”. It is obvious that an article written in such an impressive format would most likely have been written by someone with a more advanced education than Nigeria could provide. I hope some day our journalists can get to this point where they will be able to produce cohesive writings that are not fraught with errors, but till then… that’s a beautiful piece you’ve written.

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