Sierra Leonean women mad at Omotola. Like damnnnnn girl/woman!!!! Why are you so mad thou?
Omotola is a friend/colleague to the First Lady of Sierra Leone (Mrs Fatima Jabbe-Bio). As a result of this relationship, she had the opportunity to attend the Inauguration to support Mrs Bio.
Mrs Bio was an Actress along with her other titles as a Wife and Mother before becoming a First Lady. She basically had a life before her additional title as a First Lady.
According to Mrs Bio on a statement she made via her personal Facebook page, she said ‘Let me also make it clear here that none of our celebrity friends were paid anything, instead they donated to our hospital, visited our schools to talk on teenage pregnancy and did a workshop for our up coming Actors and Actresses for free.’
None of our celebrity friends were paid anything: she had to clear this underlining issue that caused a buzz in Sierra Leone. As a lot of people thought they have used the country’s money to import Nigerian acts. No my friends, no body was paid to come to the Inauguration, they were only invited.
She added that it is just natural to have your good friends around you in good times and in bad times. In this case, her friends were here to celebrate her and her Husband’s Rtd Brigadier President Julius Maada Bio success as winning this election came to everyone as a surprise.
As mentioned above, one of the Actresses that came for the Inauguration decided to do a free workshop for upcoming Actors and Actresses at Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel. She sat in a Panel alongside Film directors, First Lady of Sierra Leone, A Sierra Leonean Designer, Makeup Artist and Jamaica’s Minister Of Finance. I attended the event as a Blogger.
During the workshop, a speech was made by Omotola where she said ‘it sucks right now to not be a Sierra Leonean. She said she thought if she ever had to say such statement, it would be about Nigeria.’ This created a fracas not only with Sierra Leone women but with the men too.
Some of the comments made by worrisome Sierra Leoneans are?
- She has seen money by a female
- It’s obvious that we love strangers but wicked to ourselves by a Male.
Boy oh boy what happened to Wakanda forever? In America for example, they are fighting for black unity and growth. In Sierra Leone, we are segregating our fellow black people by their country.
Omotola highlighted some really great points in her speech like:
- Do not put your President on a pedal stone, don’t idolise him. Pressurise him to deliver his manifesto’s.
- She encourages the youths to work hard, believe in their dreams and make themselves worthy.
- She also advised that showbiz is a business. It’s not called show & Biz for no reason. You got to show and you got to make the coins too.
- She faves some good points on financing the movie industry in Sierra Leone.
To me, hearing Omotola’s speech was very inspiring and it woke me up even further.
I mean, I listen to Jk Rollings inspirational talks all the time and I’m not even an Harry Potter fan but I’m a fan of the woman her work ethic and story regardless of her skin colour or her country of origin.
With that being said, I don’t see anything bad in having Omotola who I myself and a lot of other Sierra Leoneans grew up watching and are still watching. There is not wrong about her wanting to give back to us.
The event overall was a success. However, light refreshments should have been provided for the audience. I mean even water wasn’t given for the audience.
In conclusion, it just happened to be that our First Lady is a celebrity that has celebrity friends. That’s that and let’s move on to making Sierra Leone a better place.
Also, the audience were very happy at the end of the workshop. One upcoming Actress said she is very happy that Omotola held a free workshop for them, she said nobody has ever done anything free for them. They’ve had to pay for everything during their acting career.
As a creative myself, I know it’s not an easy journey, so having success creatives tell their story to upcoming creatives is very important regardless of were they are from. At the end of the day, we all want to be successful at our craft.
Una mak we yeri far small bo. PAOPA SALONE FO BETTEH.
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