Nigerian actress Toyin Abraham recently shared why she chose to include her colleague Emeka Ike in her film “Malaika” after nearly 13 years off-screen.
In an interview with Morayo Afolabi-Brown and the hosts of TVC’s “Your View” show, which aired on Thursday, Toyin revealed her decision to bring back the veteran actor was rooted in the belief that he deserved another opportunity following a marriage scandal that had adversely affected his career.
Emeka Ike’s ex-wife, Emma, had accused him of violence and restricted his access to their children. Toyin Abraham’s decision to cast him in “Malaika” reflects her support for the veteran actor’s professional resurgence.
The 56-year-old actor who plays Toyin’s spouse in the film claimed that his marital problems led to melancholy, which pushed him to avoid the spotlight out of embarrassment.
Toyin explained her reasoning for bringing him back:
“I’ve been talking to uncle Emeka since last year, I know he has been off for a long time, everything we heard; then obviously I was not as big as this so I sent him a message. My manager Otunba Seun got his number for me and I said come back and he said ‘what if’…everything that happened,’ I said don’t worry even if you did it you have suffered enough, 13 years, its okay, its fine.
“I am not saying you did, I wasn’t there but even if you did it’s okay, 13 years. I don’t mind taking risks it doesn’t matter because I see you in this role because I feel everybody deserves a second chance. It’s okay.”