A Nigerian movie star, Enuola Badmus has spoken out about the current dispute with a TikToker, who accused her of indulging in unethical behaviour by allegedly pimping young girls for prostitution.
Ms Badmus who rose to fame after starring in the film “Jenifer” with Funke Akindele, recounted her ordeal on Saturday in a series of posts on her X account, now known as Twitter.
She issued a warning about those who fabricate stories about celebrities without providing any supporting evidence.
Ms Badmus went on to say that she had experienced numerous hurtful remarks on social media, particularly when she was a plus-size woman, noting that the same insulting remarks persisted throughout her fitness journey.
“I will like to address an issue that has been plaguing social media platforms and online communities: defamatory statements about me. How do you wake up, go on social media and pull people down by making false/negative comments about them?
“This is someone you do not even know! Common! You have no single fact/evidence but will sit behind your phones and make a smooth video defaming my personality. Why? When I was a plus size, it was the height of body shaming, now on my fitness journey, same negative comments…” she said.
Ms Badmus stated this in reaction to a recent event in which TikToker, Okoye Nwakaego, accused her of immoral behaviour.
Ms Badmus later reported the incident to the police, who arrested Ms Nwakaego. She was later brought before a divisional federal high court in Lagos, where she was found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison for cyberstalking the Nollywood actress.
Reacting to the development, Ms Badmus who shared a photo of her at the courts in the Ikoyi district of Lagos also stated that she received negative comments about her political choice supporting a particular politician.
Prior to the just concluded 2023 general elections, Ms Badmus was open about her support for President Bola Tinubu under the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
She urged people to let others live their lives and make their own choices noting that, “Celebrities are human too, and have blood running through our veins like you.
“When I made my political choice, same negatives. Guys, let people live their lives and respect them for it. Some of us have muscle to keep it going, how about those that can’t and silently struggle with depression and low self-esteem?
“Celebrities are human too, we have blood running through our veins like you. No one judge your choice or approach to life in your corner, so why judge me on personal and human actions?” she said.