Beverly Naya Recounts Experiencing Discrimination Because of Her Dark Skin
British-born Nigerian actress, Beverly Ifunaya Bassey better known as Beverly Naya has revealed that she was mocked and bullied for her dark skin.
The 29-year-old screen star who also spoke on discrimination in the film industry made this known as she opened up on her own experience while shooting her new documentary ‘Skin’.
According to the award-winning star, she is still in shock from what she gathered from some Nigerians, most especially, social media celebrity, Bobrisky.
While recounting how she was mocked and bullied over her dark skin, she said, she is just contributing her own best to stop it.
The actress said,
“As an industry, we need to diversify. As a person, I need to impact on people. I grew up in a very difficult situation. I was bullied and mocked for my skin. The same problem is trending and I have to contribute my best to stop it.
“I interviewed about 30 people, including Bobrisky, for this project and I had the opportunity to travel to my home town, Delta, for the first time. I aim at being Nigeria’s prolific documentary expert.”
Naya began acting at the age of 17 whilst studying at the Brunel University in Uxbridge, England. In 2011, she was named the “fastest rising actress” in the City People Entertainment Awards in Nigeria.
In a chat with Encomium Magazine on why she returned to Nigeria, she said,
“After I graduated from university, I just knew that I wanted to act, I knew I wanted to act, and in London, I could shoot a film probably once in a year and that’s it. Whereas coming to this industry, I can build a brand as well as shoot films more often and be given a more diverse amount of scripts. So, I decided to come back for that reason.”