Nigerian actor, Kazeem Abimbola, aka Jigan Babaoja, who is popular for the “Sho mo age mi” trend, has said he is not bothered about the hate spewed his way.
Jigan Babaoja was involved in a social media war of words with a fan over a skit the actor posted. The fan in their exchange of words slammed Jigan over the deformity in his leg.
Speaking on the issue with Sunday Scoop, he said he is not bothered by such statement, also further revealing that he refused to get his disability fixed because it brought him fame. He said;
“There are some people who always want to bring somebody down when they see you rising. The guy in question did not tell the true story; he edited our chats before he posted it online. I uploaded a skit some days ago and shortly after, there were different comments that attacked me, saying it was rubbish.
“From experience, I have learnt that if I let those comments go unanswered, some people, who might want to do business with me, would be discouraged by the negativity. The same guy continued attacking me with direct messages. Immediately, I told him that he would not prosper because he was trying to spoil the good work I was doing to improve my brand. If 80 per cent of the world appreciate me, then I don’t care about the remaining 20 per cent who don’t like me. It is normal, as not everybody can like you. The more people talk about me, the more followers I get online. Since this particular issue, I have gotten over 1000 new followers on Instagram.”
“I have been handling abuses about my disability since I was a 10-year-old. Even recently, I have been making jokes of my disability; it doesn’t get to me because I’m used to it. Somebody sent me a message last week that he wanted to take me out of the country for a surgery so that I would be able to walk properly. However, I told the person that I was not interested. I like the way I am right now because this disability has paved the way for me. Had it been I am a ‘complete’ person, I may not be where I am today.”