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“To be great in life, you have to be willing to be mocked, hated and misunderstood” – Toyin Abraham



Toyin Abraham | Photo Credit: Instagram – @toyin_abraham

Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham has said that one has to be willing to be mocked, hated and misunderstood, if he or she wants to be great in life.

She made this known in an interview with PUNCH’s Saturday Beats. She also disclosed the kind of man she wants to be with.

“I want a man who is tall, hardworking, and loves his job. I would want to be with a man who does not chase women and would not constantly request for money from me. If he needs my help, I can do it. I don’t want to be with a short man. My man has to be taller than I am,” she said.

On her weightloss and whether she did that to find a partner:

“Why would I change my look because of any man when I have my job, my career, and people who look up to me? I love my new look because it has helped my career a lot. Now I get more roles even in the English speaking industry and most of the movies are in the cinemas. Also my clothes fit me well. My stylist does not have to go extra mile to make my clothes,” she said.

On why she changed her name from Toyin Aimakhu to Toyin Abraham:

Abraham is my father’s name and it was a family decision. I cannot be talking about my family online, it is my life. My brother who is also a famous dancer bears the name, David Abraham. That shows that it is my father’s name. At first I thought about my brand before changing the name but eventually, I had to change it. I did not want to change it but my business manager asked me to do so. I know the decision confused some of my fans but with time, they would get used to it. I am Toyin Abraham now and I am building a new brand.

On several controversies she’s been faced with in the course of her career:

I feel it is normal and comes with the territory of being an actress. Based on the fact that I am an actress, people will always tag me with something. It hurts when they say I was in a relationship with someone I never dated or when they write about things that I did not do and just put it out there. Sometimes I read such write-ups and begin to wonder if I ever did those things but what will I do?

To be great in life, you have to be willing to be mocked, hated and misunderstood. I don’t see criticism as anything and I am not bothered whenever I am being criticised by the public. I know that some people would love me and others would hate me, so I do not let that disturb me. Trust me, the criticism only makes me a better person, so when people say negative things about me, it makes me understand that I cannot be right every time. I thank God that I am now getting some things right.

Photo Credit: Instagram – @toyin_abraham


  1. Darius

    May 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

    One doesn’t necessarily have to be mocked, hated or misunderstood to achieve greatness.

    • Darius

      May 6, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Every lady wants to marry a tall man. Even Toyin Cheung Chin Hung Abraham wants a tall man: with her Chinese face. Go and create your own man!

    • Anon

      May 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      “Bitterite.” Same old nasty you!!

    • Hypocrite

      May 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      You are hate-filled. Get a life.

  2. Seun

    May 6, 2017 at 8:46 am

    But you shaa dated Seun. Lol

  3. GYOnlineng.COM

    May 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm


  4. Seriously

    May 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Some people are doing foolish things, get called out on it and calling it greatness.
    Anyway, when you are called to greatness, you will definitely be misunderstood because you are going at God’s time not human standard or timing.

  5. aj

    May 7, 2017 at 4:36 am

    been there done that …still waiting to be great!

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