You know what they say about a good name being better than riches, right? We guess that’s the deal with Nollywood superstar Toyin Abraham formerly known as Toyin Aimakhu.
2016 to be her annus horibillis; the year where everything that could go wrong did go wrong for her.
The string of controversies started with the breakdown of her marriage to Adeniyi Johnson and her surprising involvement with Seun Egbegbe, a filmmaker that fans imagined was beneath her social standing. But as love is blind, the romance stayed alive for a while. Egbegbe was subsequently arrested for fraud- including a case of theft of iPhones at the popular Computer Village in Lagos.
She would later go on to reveal that all of these led her to depression and drug use.
However towards the end of 2016, Toyin released a press statement to the effect that she would henceforth be going with the last name ‘Abraham’ instead of ‘Aimakhu’. She described it as a personal decision that she had the blessings of her family.
No sooner than she dropped the name did she face 2017 with new vigour. She got into the year with a new slay and confidence level.
In 2017, she was featured on a lot of hit movies like Okafor’s Law, Celebrity Marriage, Hakkunde, Mentally, Wives on Strike The Revolution, The In-laws and so on.
She even produced her first big screen movie Alakada Reloaded, a continuation of the hilarious Alakada series. Although critics would slam it as slapstick comedy, it is to Abraham’s credit that she never sold it as cerebral work of art; it was just comedy. According to reports, the movie made over 70 million naira in the box office. Not too shabby, right?
Toyin also received a lot of awards and she now one of the most sought after actresses in Nollywood.
In Omoni Oboli’s Okafor’s Law, she exhibited a certain level of panache that is rare in her characters; showing her as a dynamic thespian.
One the last day of 2017, Toyin revealed that 2017 is her best year ever. She didn’t fail to thank her fans, she calls them Toyintans for their love and their support. They watched her grow and her story is inspiring.
Now, it’s safe to say that your name has something to do with you, don’t quote me. Ever since she moved to Abraham, it’s been a beautiful story. Changing her name signified a fresh start, one that her fans hope will continue in the new year and beyond.
This post first appeared on NET.