BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Nollywood actress, Opeyemi Aiyeola went off the acting radar for a while to take care of her family.
The mother of two recently featured in a couple of movies and seems to be wor king her way back.
She recently had an interview with The Nation where she spoke about her family, her career and the sexual harassment some actresses suffer.
She explained that she believes if a woman does not make herself seem desperate and overly available, she will not be molested.
Read excerpts below:
How true is the allegation that actresses suffer sexual harassment?
I wouldn’t totally agree that it’s true as much as I wouldn’t deny it. Because it’s not happened where I am doesn’t mean it does not exist. From day one it’s always the case when men get attracted to women and vice versa. When you claim men harasses women, are you saying women too don’t torment or grease the male even with their sexy moves? So, for me, it’s a matter of choice. It becomes an issue when the two of them don’t agree before anything is done.
How were you able to turn down sexual advances from producers/ directors while starting your acting career?
I’m a woman, and a beautiful one at that. But I will never position myself at that corner where you will have the courage or momentum to even offer me such desire. I grew up as a very nurtured and disciplined woman and I’m never desperate at getting to the top. A man will only have the desire to sexually molest you if and when he sees you as just too loose and desperate. Once you don’t place yourself in such corners, I believe such would be convincingly avoided.