- Moyo Lawal has denied enhancing any body part in the wake of several allegations
- The actress took to social media on August 7, 2016, and posted a message to the effect that she got curvy owing to exercises
- In March 2016, she made a similar move to dispel talks of her bleaching after fans called her out
- All of these come on the heels of reports that Nigerian actresses are involved in one form of body enhancement or another
Nollywood actress Moyo Lawal is in the news and it’s not for her acting skills or anything close to creativity. Rather, it is on account of having enhanced a body part, a claim she vehemently denies.
But this is not the first of its kind down here. The PR culture in Nigerian entertainment is such that entertainers have been involved in whatever acts possible just to garner media buzz and cause a frenzy of sorts. This has gotten them results in many cases, however sordid their actions are.
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But as much as entertainment is becoming a part of us, certain acts aren’t part of us as a people. They are simply quite unbecoming of us as Africans, especially considering where we come from culturally and otherwise.
Let’s even let that slide for now and digress a bit because it is imperative to analyze what it really takes for one to be called an actress or a movie star.
While this could be a bit subjective as per what the actual pointers are, the obvious parts remain that excellence in this field is adjudged by movie appearances and laurels, among other things. But when one has an anonymous persona in the film industry, nudity and other seemingly incredible stunts won’t make up in any way.
We could also go by the contributions of individuals in the movie industry in terms of non-acting influences such as in movie productions, script writing, directing, photography, editing and more and as a result adjudge success to a movie practitioner based on these aspects.
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But even these don’t justify semi-nude displays or incredible stuff on social media in a bid to whip up controversies or stir conversations. Nothing of such is appropriate, especially for the optics.
Anyway, it’s all subjective based on several other dynamics as many may argue that people also venture into acting not for the fame or fortune but owing to passion. They justify their relative anonymity with the fact that other than movies, they have other business involvements that pay the bill.
As it stands, 2016 is already a box-office classic as far as controversies within the local showbiz industry is concerned. Some of these acts we have criticized, especially from the likes of Toyin Aimakhu, Davido, Burna Boy and Cynthia Morgan, to name a few. Others, we haven’t.
For these others, we have struggled to come to terms with them given the sensitive nature of their occurrences. Issues like the Tiwa Savage-Tee Billz marriage situation of April, 2016 and then the situation between the Okoye brothers which pretty much lingered through the first seven months of 2016 have more emotional and family undertones, hence they aren’t so easy to critic or categorize as PR driven.
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Nonetheless, within the Nigerian entertainment industry, these have been controversies all in all.
Moyo Lawal is a beautiful, young lady. To be candid, she exudes real sexiness when you see her on screen and even more appeal when you run into her in person at the mall or a social function, for instance.
Lawal is of average height and naturally she has a brown skin. In the early years of her career, she started off with the role of Chioma in the television series Shallow Waters which aired on local stations.
In recent times, she has played Chinny in the acclaimed series Tinsel, but while she isn’t exactly an A-list in Nollywood, she has consistently shone over the years.
And this is really fine except that there have been questions bordering on her sudden bright skin and enhanced body parts, among other things.
In March 2016, she had to put out a statement on her Instagram account to the effect that she is “totally brown skinned”.
She made the move to save face after fans accused her of bleaching her skin.
According to her, the secret to her glow is consuming plenty of tomatoes.
Here’s what she wrote: “Please, I am totally brown skinned, I just really glow a lot.
“Hence when light, filter or the sun touches me, I shimmer.
“Don’t get it twisted, if I ever get white, you will totally be able to tell the difference.
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“I could take a picture with a way lighter person and come out looking way brighter than the person; it’s all in the glow.
“When I tell people to eat tomato, they will say I am lying. Chop a tomato today, your skin will glow.”
Lawal’s comment sounded like she meant what she wrote, but several industry watchers think otherwise.
The craze with fairness didn’t begin here in Nigeria, it has been a pervasive style even in the American music and movie industries. Consequently, African entertainers have gravitated towards this and it’s fast becoming a norm in these climes.
Lawal wears contact lenses, which isn’t exactly new down here.
But what’s more interesting is the fact that she’s had to defend herself yet again on Instagram following accusations from fans and critics that she’s had to undergo surgery to enhance her buttocks.
On Sunday, August 7, 2016, she wrote on the issue saying she became shapely as a result of exercising.
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She wrote: “No!!! I haven't done any surgery whatsoever or booty implants or taken booty pills or booty cream. You people sef! (It was my mama who gave me)
“However, I used to do a lot of squats and yes I’m back on my workout grind after taken a seven-month break.
“Anyways, the static squat is one of my fave exercises to do and yes you can try it.
“P.S: Don't do it if you have weak knees or issues with your legs.”
While it is clear that African women are endowed in obvious areas, one hopes a few of them haven't gone the extra mile to enhance body parts here and there all for the glitz and glamour associated with stardom.
We see obvious cases of bleached skins, contact lenses, slimming tea, body magic among other widespread 'solutions' out there today. In the end, one hopes there's a silver lining after all said and done even though it's obvious how much dangers some or all of these procedures portend given the antecedents.