Toyin Abraham, a Nollywood actress, has one thing going for her: a natural appearance. The actress has a different perspective than many of her coworkers, who believe that the secret to beauty can be found at the bottom of their makeup bag.
After 17 years in the film business, Toyin has developed a reputation for being authentic and non-flamboyant.
The single mother admitted that she enjoys smelling and dressing nicely.
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Recently, Toyin, who received the Best Actress award at the AMVCA for her performance in the film “Elevator Baby,” stated during an Instagram Live session that she competes with herself.
I don’t want to be better than anybody. Rather, I want to be better than I was yesterday. I want to be better than who I was before now. I am in competition with myself,” the actress asserted.
Commenting on her fashion routine, the Ibadan-born actress stated clearly that she’s not that kind of a woman that likes to wear makeup or ear-rings.
She claimed that because of her moderate lifestyle, she was forced to shut down her lipstick company.
Although I am not the type of woman who enjoys wearing makeup or dressing flamboyantly, my husband enjoys fashion. I was forced to shut down my lipstick company because of this. I simply want to smell good and look well. I don’t like to wear jewelry or makeup, either. I’ll wear whatever my stylist recommends. I’m not a huge fashion fan. Everyone is aware of my lack of interest in fashion,” the actress gushed.
Though Toyin confessed that she’s not crazy about fashion, those who graced this year’s AMVCA were stunned with her voluminous ball dress designed by celebrity stylist, Toyin Lawani which was regarded as one of the outstanding outfits at the event.
The actress’s husband, Kolawole was seen holding the lengthy train all through her movement on the red carpet and even when she was called on stage to receive her award. Yet the light-complexioned actress believed that her dressing was moderate.
Speaking on the AMVCA award, Toyin revealed that she was seven months and two weeks pregnant for her baby boy when the movie that won her the Best Actress award was shot in Lagos.
While noting that she wasn’t expecting the award, the actress who’s known for her movie, ‘Alakada’, said in the next five years she would still be answering the Best Actress in Africa.
‘I have told my fans that they should be calling me the Best Actress in Africa, ” the actress said.
Toyin was engrossed with the award, even though it wasn’t the first she has ever won. For her, “The award of AMVCA Best Actress in Africa is a sum total of your deposits into my career.”
A product of grace, the actress once admitted that she’s not one who is without flaws, as her imperfection has not stopped her from getting support from people who have helped her career till date. Her unassuming nature has continued to pave the way for her. Only recently, the actress remarried and also, welcomed her baby boy.
Her marriage to an Abeokuta-based actor, Kolawole Ajeyemi which was coming almost four years after her marriage to her former hubby, Adeniyi Johnson, crashed was what Toyin needed to change her outlook on life.
Confessing what marriage has done to her, on her twitter handle, the actress said it has changed her perspective on life. “ Marriage for me is a new experience and it has really changed me. I am grown, I’m a woman indeed. My marriage to a very mature man has changed my life. I’m no longer the Toyin people used to know,” she tweeted.
On relationship, Toyin believes that there’s no perfect man, neither is there a perfect woman. “A man can be perfect for you and he’s not perfect for me. What I usually tell people is to pray whenever you are going into any relationship. This is because it’s not about the looks, rather its about who God has assigned to you. What women want is love, care and attention. Once they get them, you can go for any man,” she advised.
Since she debuted in the industry in 2003, Toyin has not looked back in her bid to rule the screen. She’s one actress who is good at what she is doing.
The actress made headlines in 2018, when her second cinema movie ‘Ghost and The Tout’ a collaboration between her outfit and Samuel Olatunji’s Big Sam Media reportedly shattered existing box office records.
The movie according to reports hit the cinemas on May 11, and set a new opening weekend record for 2018 by grossing 13 million in three days. As at May 30 of 2018, the distributors hinted that the movie had made over N30 million in its one week of release, a feat the distributor described as ‘incredible’ considering that the movie faced stiff competition from Hollywood titles like Avengers and DeadPool.
Following her acting exploits over the years, Toyin has earned the unofficial status of ‘box office queen’ having delivered two back-to-back box office successes. While her humility and charisma have continued to open new doors for her, Toyin is definitely the darling of the Nigerian screen.