Rising Actress Ifedayo Rufai Fires Back @ Critics Over Photoshop Saga ….Says “Some of My Senior Colleagues Are Just Old For Nothing”
Fast rising Yoruba Actress, Ifedayo Rufai has fired back at her colleagues, especially the senior ones who came on social media to post spiteful comments about her after a graphics artiste Photoshop her face with another woman’s body for the poster of her 2 new movies called Fate and Desire, which will hit the shelves soon. Last 21stAugust 2018, the talented actress was called out on social media platform by one Motirayo who claimed to have owned the body used for her in the Photoshop. Almost immediately after the said photo was posted, series of comments were busy coming in from her colleagues which didn’t go well with her. However,www.yorubamoviegist.com Editor, GBOLAHAN ADETAYO spoke with the Lagos/Ogun States-born role interpreter who spoke at length about the genesis of the matter among others. Enjoy the excerpts:
You recently involved in a Photoshop scandal, can you take us through how it all started?
It all started on the 21st of this month which happened to be the Sallah day. I was on my way to Ijebu to celebrate it with my Family when I received a colleague’s call, asking me if I know anyone bearing Motirayo. Without wasting time, I said no, that my colleague called my attention to what she saw on Motirayo’s Instagram page and also sent me the link. I was shocked seeing the pixmix and the caption. As if that wasn’t enough, my industry people’s comments are the most killing and painful part of the issue. Firstly, I am an entertainer; I wasn’t the graphics artist who designed the poster. Besides, the issue of Photoshop isn’t only rampant in the movie industry in Nigeria but over the world even though this is happening to me for the first time. I’ve already complained to the graphics artist for not using the picture I sent to him but I later overlooked it since it’s not strange and I believe it’s his profession. My colleagues’ comments especially from the so called senior ones in the industry made the celebration terrible and unforgettable for me. My senior colleagues’ comments were the most terrible and I was so afraid of asking myself, are these types of people I want to follow their footsteps? I doubt it. I appreciate some of them who placed calls to me to pacify and comfort me. Some people are just big or senior you fine nothing. Wisdom is not about age anyways, so I am not pained, I have moved on.
Who are these senior colleagues and what were their comments like?
I wouldn’t like to mention names because they are not important but if you glance through my page, you will see the picture and their negative comments. One of them said ” no vex because the original actress is not so endowed”, while the other posted this “going for a photo-shoot after production shouldn’t be a problem to us kinni gbogbo jagbajagba yi, e park well joor”. There are many others adding spices to it whom I wouldn’t mention their names also because they acted smart by not saying anything than dropping emoji which signified they’re happy about what was happening.
How did you feel after you got all these?
I felt so down and dejected. I was so heart broken.
What was your reaction when you saw it?
I called my marketer to inform him immediately I saw it.
What even influenced the photo in the first place?
I did a photoshoot for my birthday last year which were later forwarded to the graphics artiste.
Why this issue is now coming up this year?
I sent one of the pictures to the graphics artist to use for my latest movie’s poster which the title is Fate and Desire.
What do you have to say about your senior colleagues who posted unpleasant comments about the photo?
I don’t have anything to say about them, both my senior colleagues and peers, I believe what they said won’t prevent me from getting my job done and moving ahead in my career. So I leave them to God.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my next project. So, the haters can sit and watch while I am progressing in what makes me happy.
Can you tell us a little about the project?
It’s all about domestic violence. The causes and the solution.
How did you join acting?
I’ve always loved to be an actress ever since I was young. so I was fortunate to visit my friend whose house was beside the house late Ishola Durojaiye (Alasari) was filming this very day. The title of the movie was Iyawo Ojokan, which Stared Lizzy Anjorin. It was at that location that I met Tosin Fagbemi who later introduced me to my boss’ Yemi Jimoh (Yemkem). That was in 2008.
How has the journey been since then?
It hasn’t been easy, but I thank God I’m not where I used to be.
Can you share with us some of the challenges you have been facing since then?
I’ve faced a lot of challenges as a young actress who’s trying to succeed and I’m still facing them. I wouldn’t like to talk about them on pages of newspapers or online journals like yours. I’ll just talk about the challenge I’ve set for myself, and it’s the necessity of putting a lot of skills to make sure my current production is evermore better than my previous productions.
What is your educational background like?
I attended Emmanuel Anglican School for my primary school education. I had my secondary school education at Ayo Miracle International High School (Ikotun), and Anglican High School (Abeokuta). I attended Ogun State Federal College of Education’ for my tertiary education, where I studied Social Studies. My dad is from Epe while my mum is from Ijebu Ode.