10 May 2016

Foluke Daramola - "The role of a man can never be de-emphasized to the role of a woman"

Award winning Nigerian actress and activitist, Foluke Daramola-Salako few days back was under fire from fans when she aired her opinion on gender equality.

She got more than she bargained for, when she took to her Instagram handle and posted that the role of a man and a woman is not the same as men are meant to be the head while women should submit to them.

In a recent chat with Punch, the proud mother of two children, happily married to Honourable Olukayode Salako, revealed how she makes money from the social media adding that whenever people want to pass negative comments about another person, they should think deeply and not just talk from the surface.

She said: “The backlash is nothing to me, I just wanted to drive home a point. My own stand point is that of most reasonable women. Take for instance, Omotola Jalade has come a long way and she has been able to keep her home. It is just because she has a little bit of feminism in her. She has been able to balance her home and her career and that is why she has been successful. At the end of the day when people are talking, they should be able to think deeply and not just talk from the surface. The funny thing is that things like that increase my fan base. If there was no conflict, no one would go to my page to find out what is going on. It makes my account more active and the more the merrier for me. Don’t forget that I am a brand, when things like that happen, it is more money for me. It is an advantage to me. The reason I actually answered was because I wanted to create a crisis. When Foluke talks, everyone would want to know what is happening and that is what makes the world more interesting.”

Speaking about what she really talked about before everyone came tongue lashing her, the movie star disclosed that what really got her upset was the fact that there are some things people talk about but are not able to back them up with facts.

Foluke Daramola said: “What got me upset was the fact that there are some things people talk about but they are not able to back it up with facts. When you say gender equality, the role of a man can never be de-emphasized to the role of a woman. That is why Hillary and Bill Clinton cannot be the president of the US at the same time. Bill Clinton had to teach her the grinds and she followed suit. The bible says that the man would love the woman and she would submit and respect the man. That position can never be over emphasized. I just wanted to drive some message home but later on, I felt it was not really worth it. When you have a bad mindset, there is no how another person can change it. My own position as a gender-based activist is not for the woman to be competing with the man but to complement him. In the scheme of things, the man would always be the head and the woman would be the neck. It does not mean that the woman cannot turn the head to whatever direction she feels like.”

Foluke further disclosed that, she is very passionate about she is doing and enjoys impacting knowledge into the younger generation.

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