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Popular Nollywood actress, Foluke Daramola-Salako, got more than she bargained for last week when she aired her opinion about gender equality as fans and foes abused her nonstop. On her Instagram page recently, she had posted that the role of a man and a woman is not the same as men are meant to be the head while women should submit to them.

This did not go down well with some of her followers on Instgram as they pounced on her, abusing her and calling her unprintable names. The actress did not take it easy with them as she lashed back at them. Before long, a war of words ensued.

In a chat with Saturday Beats, the actress explained why she blew a fuse.

She said, “What got me upset was the fact that there are some things people talk about but they are not able to back it up with facts. When you say gender equality, the role of a man can never be de-emphasised to the role of a woman. That is why Hillary and Bill Clinton cannot be the president of the US at the same time. Bill Clinton had to teach her the grinds and she followed suit. The bible says that the man would love the woman and she would submit and respect the man. That position can never be overemphasised. I just wanted to drive some message home but later on, I felt it was not really worth it. When you have a bad mindset, there is no how another person can change it. My own position as a gender-based activist is not for the woman to be competing with the man but to complement him. In the scheme of things, the man would always be the head and the woman would be the neck. It does not mean that the woman cannot turn the head to whatever direction she feels like.”

She said that unknown to many, she intentionally created the crisis because such rancor actually strengthens her brand and fetch her more money.

“The backlash is nothing to me, I just wanted to drive home a point. My own stand point is that of most reasonable women. Take for instance, Omotola Jalade has come a long way and she has been able to keep her home. It is just because she has a little bit of feminism in her. She has been able to balance her home and her career and that is why she has been successful. At the end of the day when people are talking, they should be able to think deeply and not just talk from the surface. The funny thing is that things like that increase my fan base. If there was no conflict, no one would go to my page to find out what is going on. It makes my account more active and the more the merrier for me. Don’t forget that I am a brand, when things like that happen, it is more money for me. It is an advantage to me. The reason I actually answered was because I wanted to create a crisis. When Foluke talks, everyone would want to know what is happening and that is what makes the world more interesting.”

The actress was recently hosted at Ojodu Junior School, Lagos, at an event organised by Bayo Adetu, where she gave a career talk to the students. She further told Saturday Beats why she was a part of the event.

“This is my passion and it is what I like to do. I like to impact on the younger generation. It starts from now. I want the tendency for showbiz to be watered down and the thirst for education to be increased,” she said.

I make money when I’m insulted on social media –Foluke Daramola by Olumi on

babaju on Open9ja
Hahaha, yes, being involved in a fight with celebrities on social media helps them, not you!

About the content:

1. Yes, there can never be two drivers in a car but I have learnt from my grandparents that the co-pilot (though she or he might not be driving) plays an important role in navigating and reaching the common goal. My grandma always checked her side for my grandpa and planned the route with him so that she could advice him about where to turn in which direction.

2. In certain things, I feel there is need for equality - especially when it comes to hiring and paying women. They should not be discarded because of their gender and should be paid the same as their male peers if doing the same job. Plus, girls should be denied education under the premise that they will soon be married off. As long as these points are still not fulfilled in our society, there is need for feminist activists!

I submit.
ThinkingMind on Open9ja
...When you have a bad mindset, there is no how another person can change it...

I agree with Foluke Daramola on this. However, it is very important that I point this out - there is no universal definition for "gender equality", so activists who claim to be fighting the cause can not necessarily be put to sword based on their own orientation on what "gender equality" is.
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