I don’t believe in Gender Equality.. men should be steps ahead” – Foluke Daramola
Nollywood’s foremost actress and film producer, Foluke Daramola, says she doesn’t believe in gender equality.
Here’s what she said during a chat with DailyTelegraph when she was asked:
What’s your take about this Equality Bill?
I’m sorry I don’t think men and women should have equal rights in this case. I think the male should have more than the female, but it should be with proportion, maybe on a ration of 60 to 40.
The reason why I think so is because we women tend to be extremely domineering when it comes to
issues and sometimes sentimental. Men can be detailed even though we are sometimes. So, there are proportions in all these things.
The role of a man can never be over emphasized. Even though I’m a woman rights activist, I still believe in the place of a woman and a man. The man is suppose to be a step ahead of the woman; you can never take that away.
You have been with your husband for years, but recently tied the knot legally.Why did it take you so long?
For documentation purpose, we needed to because of the necessity that was going on around bank BVN and all that, and because I run a foundation, there are a whole lot of places that I will go to, that I need to establish the fact that I am a married woman.
They don’t recognise traditional marriages abroad, you have to be legally married to your husband. And for us, we needed to document our marriage. It didn’t add or subtract anything from who we are. My husband and I have been good friends and good lovers.
We dated and we are still dating. It’s a continuous thing, its not like we don’t fight or have issues, it just makes up the fact that we understand each other as best friends and we know that each step of the way, we take it as it comes and we believe that at the end of the day, we have to make the marriage work.
Three things that fascinate you about your husband?
One, he is a highly intelligent young man. Two, he has a very wonderful heart, and three, he is very generous.
What has been the secret behind your beauty and smiles?
I express it all. If I’m annoyed with you, I bear my heart out, I don’t hold grudges against anyone. I take each day as its comes and I find happiness in whatever I’m doing. If I’m friends with you and I find your company exiting, I continue with you, its doesn’t mean that when you upset me I will hold it back. I will spell it out as it is. Also, I’m not a fanatic, but I hold so much reference to God.
How would you describe your fashion sense?
I’m a casual person, I love it simple and down to earth. I used to be a thumb-boy; when I was much younger, you will find me more i n my jeans. I’m actually not a fashion freak because I’m a contented person and I don’t hunger for what I cannot afford. I live my life the way I can afford to. I don’t do beyond myself.
Favorite perfume, bag, shoes and all?
I’m a Gucci person. I love Elizabeth Taylor. I love to mix my perfumes.
Favorite foods and drinks?
Chinese is my favorite food and anything sweet. I love Champagne.
How do you relax?
I like to be with my family. My husband and I love to cook and read. I love to read because I always want to up my games and update myself.
If you have the chance to change anything about yourself, what would that be?
I’m not that kind of person. I believe I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m beautiful the way I am, maybe I would love to be taller but any other thing, I’m perfect with it.
Words for you fans?
I just want them to keep criticizing me. Because I need to be on my toes all the time. I’m not perfect. To parents, they should always support their kids in education and their dreams.