Nigerian actor Samuel Abiola Robinson complains of racial discrimination in Malayalam films

The 20-year-old made the disclosure on his Facebook page as he flew out of here to his home country.

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Nigerian actor complains of racial discrimination in Malayalam films

Samuel Abiola, the young Nigerian actor who plays the lead role in the Malayalam film Sudani from Nigeria, says he had experienced racial discrimination and was not paid what he was promised. The 20-year-old made the disclosure on his Facebook page as he flew out of here to his home country. “Actually the truth is that I did experience racial discrimination from producers in Kerala… I didn’t want to say anything before because I was trying to be patient, but now I am ready to speak up.”

I’m saying this now because I cannot sit back and allow it happen to another helpless young black actor. I believe that I was a victim of racial discrimination while in Kerala. It was nothing violent or directly in my face but for my role in ‘Sudani from Nigeria’, the producers offered me far less money than Indian actors who are not half as popular, experienced or accomplished as I would normally earn,” writes Abiola.

Abiola in his film career has acted in more than a dozen films in several major productions in Africa such as Walt Disney’s “Desperate Housewives Africa”, M-Net’s “Tinsel”, MTV Base’ Shugaand Raconteur Production’s “8 Bars And A Clef”. “Sudani from Nigeria” is directed by Zakariya Mohammed and produced by Sameer Thahir. Abiola stars alongside Soubin Shahir and tells the tale of a Nigerian football player who joins a football club in Malappuram.

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Posted by Samuel Abiola Robinson on Friday, March 30, 2018

The film was released last week and is on its way to be a hit . “I only became better enlightened after meeting with several young actors and discussing payment with them. I am of the opinion that this happened purely because of my skin colour and the assumption that all Africans are poor and don’t know the value of money.

The director and writer Zakariya did his best to help but as he was not financing the movie himself, there was very little change he could foster. Zakariya is a good guy with a good heart and a brilliant director. Promises were made to me by the producers while shooting to pay me more if the movie eventually becomes successful but no promise has been honoured and now I am back in Nigeria,” he said.

I believe the promises were simply tools of manipulation to get me to eagerly commit the five Amonths of availability for work being October, November, December 2017, January and March 2018 for the shoot and promotion of the movie. The movie is a huge commercial success now and I am grateful for all the love that the fans have shown me and I have been privileged to experience the warm culture of Kerala but I can no longer suffer in silence about this.”

As I am black, it is my responsibility to speak up because it could ease the suffering of the next generation of black actors. Say no to racial or caste discrimination,” added Abiola. The movie was screened for Kerala legislators last week and was also seen by a few state ministers, who it. The film’s crew is yet to react to Abiola’s statements and is expected to meet the media soon.

    Anonymous

    Lets hope that the producers respond to this as soon as possible and give us an explanation

    Anonymous

    I am not surprised. Indians are racist towards their own countrymen so why not towards foreigners? its a shame but honestly not surprising.

    Anonymous

    Nonsense. Blacks always play the victim card. Even more in the US. They will play it until the end of the world. They think the world owes them

      Anonymous

      Actually, the world does owe them.

    Anonymous

    And if an Indian goes to Nigeria, he will have his/her legs cut off! He talks as if he is from Switzerland! LOL!

    Anonymous

    Indians are racist and so are Nigerians.

    Anonymous

    indians are racist toward black people, especially in india. its a known fact.

    Anonymous

    Sooner blacks will learn the reality that their rights are guaranteed only under American constitution and culture. NOWHERE in the world, they will find equal rights.

      Anonymous

      meaning u are very much a racist

      Anonymous

      As if they indians have the rights even in US? No you guys are much more hated. No one wants a rapist prick

    Anonymous

    I really don’t think this is racsim. The producers just paid him less compared to indian actors. He says he is well known in nigeria etc but he isn’t famous in kerala to warrant more money. Or it is just a case of indian producers trying to swindle someone who isn’t well versed with the pay system. This kind of situation is faced even among indian actors. THIS IS NOT RACISM.

      Anonymous

      Be honest….Indians do have racial tendercy towards Africans. It’s well known. I bet a lot of Indians don’t even know that there are Africans living in India for many generations. Even the government shows discrimination towards them too. Face it even Indians discriminate amongst themselves when one sect thinks they are better than another.

    Anonymous

    LOL! we have caste system in 2018.So he can cry all he wants .. no one cares..

    Anonymous

    India is a very racist country, and people here are extremely color struck

    Anonymous

    Hope he gets justice!

    Anonymous

    Not surprised at all, I’m so sad to say, I’m glad he’s not faced any overt racism but this systematic one is just as disgraceful

    Anonymous

    Indians and hatred for black skin. When there are many Indians who are darker than most Africans and poorer too. They live in a superiority bubble towards africans because of the inferiority reality over europeans and any white looking person. Shame.

      Anonymous

      Spot on.

      Anonymous

      Very true.

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