Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu-Johnson was recently interviewed by TW magazine.
In the interview she talks about her growth in the Nigerian movie industry, growing up in Ibadan, the best day of her life and much more.
Read excerpts from her interview below!
On flaunting riches on social media: You see, my parents have always told me never to blow my own trumpet. Besides, a lot of celebrities are not being truthful about their lifestyles. I live a very normal life and I am comfortable. I am never one to tell even if I have. Personally, I just don’t see why I should go out to purchase a pair of shoes worth $3,500. I mean, those shoes better take me to heaven! And I’m being honest about it. I simply have the best husband in the world that supports me. We have a car too. We are fine, and that’s all that matters.
On growing up: As a child, I lived in Ibadan and Benin City, respectively. And as the youngest of five children, the earliest memories of my childhood include walking long distances to fetch water and eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables always. It was a way of life. I come from a very prayerful home too. My mother is a pastor and my father is retired.
On how she started acting: My late older brother was friends with a guy whose uncle happened to be a movie marketer. One day, I got a call from him asking me if I knew someone that could act. Apparently, the actress that had been hired for that role did not show up. I told the producers I could act the part. Therefore I volunteered to replace the actress. I was paid N5,000 for the role and I remember feeling very excited about it. It all started in 2003.
On succeeding in Nollywood: Firstly, you have to love the world of entertainment. You must have a passion for it. Interestingly, some people have been in this industry for a long time…yet, they haven’t grown. Secondly, you must also be very submissive and prayerful. Don’t act like you know it all.
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