Star actress, Ireti Doyle has took to her Instagram page to reminisce on when she almost lost her first TV commercial gig because of the colour of her skin.
She shared a photo on her Instagram page and wrote;
I shot my 1st tv commercial over two decades ago. It was a major deal for an upcoming actor; for the visibility and the pay check.
I nearly lost that gig for being the wrong skin colour. I didn’t match the client rep’s “ideal”.
Thankfully, the director, Mr. Wale Fanu wasn’t a push over. He told the chap to let him do his thing or take him off the project.
Fast forward 20yrs, “Melanin Poppin” has become a # and the dark skinned girl is having her day in the sun.
It might take a little while longer, but eventually it will be clear that “loud and obnoxious” is not quite the same as “bold and audacious”…And that being polite, soft spoken and demure, is not “fake”; neither is it a “weakness”. ?@kelechiamadiobi (AMVCA 2016)
Ireti Doyle was born on the 3rd of May 1967 in Ondo State. However, she spent her early years with her family in Boston, United States. After returning to Nigeria, she attended Christ’s School Ado Ekiti and graduated from the University of Jos with a degree in Theatre Arts.
Ireti Doyle’s career has spanned over two decades in the Nigerian entertainment industry, and her credits cut across stage, television and film and print. An accomplished writer, actor, producer and presenter, she also produced and presented her own fashion and lifestyle show titled Oge With Iretiola for ten years.
She was nominated once in the Best Actress category at the Reel Awards in 1998 for her role in the movie ‘All About Ere’ and twice in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category at the AMAA Awards in 2007 and 2009 for her roles in Sitanda and Across The Niger respectively and was declared Best Actress in a lead role at the GIAMA Awards in Houston Texas in 2013, and Best Actress in a lead role at the 2014 Nollywood Movie Awards for her portrayal of Ovo, in the psychological thriller Torn.
This performance also earned her an African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Ireti was nominated at the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards in the Best Actress In A Leading Role category for her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth in Ebony Life Films’ blockbuster 2015 hit; FIFTY. Ireti Doyle’s acting CV also includes the critical darling The Arbitration and The Wedding Party, which was the highest grossing Nigerian film in Nigerian cinema history as at February 2017. Both films screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the city to city spotlight. Others include Dinner and Madam President.
On television she has created memorable characters on hit shows like Fuji House Of Commotion, Dowry, and Gidi Up. Ireti currently stars as the enigmatic Sheila Ade-Williams in the MNET television series, Tinsel. Iretiola Doyle will be reprising her role as Dr. Elizabeth in the upcoming Fifty TV series. Her most recent stage credits include The Vagina Monologues, Olorounbi The Musical and Hear Word and The Wives. Described as an ‘actor’s actor’ by her peers, she is known for pitch perfect performances.