Damilola Ogunsin, a prominent Nollywood actor, recently shared his experience of facing discrimination in the movie industry due to his albinism. In an interview with Hip TV, he revealed that a renowned movie director once told him that he couldn’t be an actor because of his condition.
Ogunsin recalled the incident, stating, “When I was entering Nollywood, a major director, whom I won’t mention, looked at me and asked, ‘Why do you want to be an actor? How many albinos do you find as actors? It’s not a place for you.'”
Despite the discouragement, Ogunsin has always been passionate about theater and has been involved in various theater groups since his primary school days. He emphasized that his skin condition should not be a barrier to achieving his dreams.
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Driven by his determination to become an actor, Ogunsin left his banking job and pursued a career in Nollywood. Over the past six years, he has encountered challenges but has consistently sought to defy stereotypes. He aims to be recognized as an actor who happens to be an albino, rather than being defined solely by his albinism.
Ogunsin’s story sheds light on the discrimination and misconceptions faced by individuals with albinism in the entertainment industry. His resilience and commitment to his craft serve as an inspiration to others facing similar challenges.