The Nigerian entertainment industry has witnessed the rise and evolution of systems that have been continuously championed by rare talents.
The ones with grit and relentlessness to see art come to life and the narrative changed.
In Nollywood, the likes of Genevive Nnaji, Ramsey Noah, Patience Ozokwor amongst many have contributed immensely to the growth and mapping of the industry that has drawn international eye.
Amongst a cocktail list of trailblazers and those who have managed to stay the path, award-winning actress Toyin Abraham is somewhere strolling past.
CANDIID ONLINE takes a deep dive into her world and the exceptionality of her craft.
Born Toyin Aimakhu in Auchi, a town in Edo State in southern Nigeria, but spent her early life in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State in southwestern Nigeria. She went to Osun State Polytechnic Iree; from 1999-2002, where she had her Pre- National Diploma, and Ordinary National Diploma.
She obtained a Higher National Diploma Certificate in Marketing from Ibadan Polytechnic. Toyin Abraham has starred in many movies which include; Ghost & Tout, Celebrity Marriage, Dear Affy, and more recently award-winning movie “Elevation Baby” which bagged numerous awards.
Over the years, Toyin Abraham has produced, directed, and featured in several Nigerian films, such as Alani Baba Labake and Ebimi ni. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Yoruba film titled Ebimi ni during 2013 Best of Nollywood Awards alongside Joke Muyiwa, who was nominated for Best Lead Actress in a Yoruba film titled Ayitale.
Speaking on Instagram Live session recently, Toyin who won the much-coveted Best Actress award at this year’s AMVCA for her role in the movie, “Elevator Baby’ said also that she’s in competition 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.
Going further, 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.
Unreservedly strongwilled Toyin maintained an optimistic outlook despite her failed marriage after four years after her marriage to her former hubby, Adeniyi Johnson. Moving forward she got married to Abeokuta-based actor, Kolawole Ajeyemi, which she has countlessly regarded as her most rewarding decision.
Displaying how much of a generous personality she is, Toyin’s philanthropic activities in helping Nigerians cushion the economic impact of COVID-19 has been a major proof of the character that endears industry colleagues to her.
The mother of one so far has provided aide to individuals across Nigeria.
Loved by a formidable cult of fans who tag themselves as ToyinTitans ready to go all out for their queen mother.
Toyin continues in her stead of brilliance as she shows in character and deed whilst supporting aspiring thespians in the field. A class act that is worthy of being our woman crush for this week.