Ebony films CEO, Seun Egbegbe and estranged lover of actress, Toyin Aimakhu, opens up on their relationship
Why haven’t you considered going into acting since you have become quite popular lately?I have never been tempted to act because I don’t feel like. I prefer to stay behind the scenes because I am very shy and reserved.
What projects are you currently working on?
I produced a lot of movies last year and one of them, Street Boys, will be released this month. I also shot another movie titled Odale in Lagos and Dubai; I flew my cast and crew there. I featured Kunle Afod, Toyin Aimakhu and several other actors. I shot the movie last November. Toyin and I were still lovers at that time. The alleged kidnapping episode happened this year.
Did you really kidnap her?
I do not want to dwell so much on it because I have read the Riot Act to Yoruba film producers. I said none of them must feature her in their films. It is not a threat but a promise because I will take it up with anyone who does otherwise. I am also angry because I was accused wrongly; she told the whole world that I kidnapped her.
What could have prompted her to make up such a story?
I really do not understand what went wrong. The day she claimed I kidnapped her, I went out and left her in my house. Earlier, she had informed me that she would be at a movie location at Oshodi to take part in a movie produced by a Yoruba actress, Kemi Korede. I then asked her to drop the keys to the house with the security guard. Barely two hours later, I started receiving telephone calls from many people who kept asking me if there was a problem. At about the same time ,some people said, “Your rubbish wife posted a video of herself crying on Instagram.” I was confused and I decided to check Instagram. I called her immediately and told her that she had taken the ‘acting’ too far and people would misinterprete the post. I pleaded with her to take down the post as a sign of respect for me, her boyfriend.
What did you do next?
I boarded a cab to meet with her at the movie location. I had to go in a taxi because because my Range Rover SUV was in her possession. Immediately I saw her, I asked her to take down the post. She refused, so I seized her phones and went home. She didn’t return home that day and I did not set my eyes on her again until after three days. Suddenly, it was all over social media that I kidnapped Toyin.
What happened when she returned?
She came home with a man and for six hours he tried to make peace. I returned her phones and she denied ever putting up the post in question. She said her personal assistant must have done it without her consent. I pleaded with her to pull down the post but all she has done till date is give flimsy excuses.
Did the both of you have a disagreement before this incident?
We didn’t quarrel. A few days before the incident, she complained about my attitude towards her and sent me a text to that effect. I responded by telling her that I was only having some personal challenges, which had nothing to do with her.
Why were you really bothered about the Instagram post?
I feel she had an ulterior motive and was simply looking for a way to end the relationship. If she wanted to pull out of the relationship, she could have done so in a mature manner. I don’t think every relationship must lead to marriage. We were just lovers. A few days ago someone posted, “If Toyin returns, are you sure you won’t kidnap her again?” on my Instagram account. I felt so bad because I know nothing about it.
What will you do if you come across each other?
I am not on speaking terms with her any longer and whenever I lay my eyes on her, I won’t take it easy with her.
You say you have known for her 15 years.
Yes, that is true. Toyin is a very good woman and she has been very nice to me. We dated in the past.
Why didn’t you marry her?
Like I said earlier, not every relationship leads to marriage. We parted ways and came back after 15 years. That definitely means that God wants to do something in our lives.
You granted an interview where you reportedly said she has an insatiable sexual appetite. Did you really say that?
I never said such. I already sent her a text to explain that I never said so. I don’t talk that way and she is aware that I could not have said such. She didn’t respond but I am very sure she received the message because her publicist acknowledged it.
Since you claim to really like her, don’t you think asking producers not to feature her in films could affect her career?
I really like her, but how could someone I loved hurt me in this manner?
Do you have the powers to prevent producers from featuring her in movies?
Where were these producers when Toyin acted in a brash manner? Since she exercised her powers, I will exercise mine as well. Perhaps when things go out of hand, they will invite both of us to talk it over.
Were you planning to marry her?
You do not plan to marry an individual. We were taking it one step at a time. Considering what she did to me, I feel the love she had for me was fake.
But you flaunted your romance with her shortly after she separated from her husband.
That is not the issue or point on ground.
Your relationship with her was very controversial.
It is a normal thing. It was expected but we both knew what we wanted from each other as two mature adults.
Has it affected your business?
It hasn’t affected my business; nothing can affect my business or cash flow.There is no day I don’t receive mean messages from her followers and fans. It affects me but I don’t give a hoot.
If she apologises, will you reconcile with her?
The point is that I will never take her back. At best, we can remain as best friends but she must correct that impression. God Almighty will definitely reward Toyin.
Have you ever been married and do you have children?
I have never been married and I don’t have children.
Are you seeing someone else at the moment?
I’m all about my business for now.
Will you date another celebrity after this episode?
Celebrities are also human beings. If I find a God-fearing celebrity whom I love and I can handle, I will definitely date her.
Have you spoken with her ex-husband?
I don’t have any business with Niyi. Whenever we see each other, we are friendly.