23 July 2024

No man gave me money to buy my car – Actress Peju Johnson


When it was reported that budding actress, Peju Johnson, had bought a Toyota Venza car, some found it incredulous because she had not been in the movie industry for that long.

However, in an interview with Saturday Beats, the role interpreter stated that aside from acting, she was involved in other businesses and was not concerned about whatever opinions were expressed about the source of the car. 

She said, “I bought the car with my hard-earned money. I actually paid for it in early 2020 but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it could not be shipped to Nigeria until recently.

“People are entitled to their opinions. They are free to say whatever they like. I have found that people who don’t even know one are the ones that usually have the most to say about one. I am used to it and I don’t consider it to be a big deal anymore.

“Many actresses do more than acting. Many of them are influencers on social media and they have other businesses. Whenever they are contracted to represent any brand, they are well paid for it. I am an influencer and I also have other businesses. I sell female items. I don’t know much about male actors but I don’t think many of them do ‘influencer jobs’. I have read many comments on this issue online but I really don’t know why that is so. I only gave my perspective.”

Johnson also noted that she had heard that many actresses joined the industry just to have fame and meet wealthy men in society. She said, “I have heard a lot of that. We (actresses) joined the industry for different reasons. It is true that many ladies join the industry for the reason you stated. As for me, I have passion for acting and that is why I’m in the industry.”

The actress also admitted that some top personalities often got her number and called her for relationships. She said, “I get lots of them. It got to a point that I issued a stern warning to the people close to me about it. I told them not to give anybody my number without my permission”

On whether her light skin had been an advantage to her career, the busty actress said, “I am not sure it has. There are many actresses who are not fair-skinned, yet are doing very well in their careers. There are men who prefer dark-skinned women. I am naturally light complexioned; I did not alter my skin for the sake of any man.”

Asked what her favourite part of her body was, Johnson said, “I love all parts of my body but if I have to choose, I would say my face.”

The actress, who stated that she would be starting work on her first movie production this year in February, also noted that she would love to see a change in the way up-and-coming actors are treated in the industry. She said, “I would like to see a change in the way up-and-coming actors are treated. Many times, they are not paid, and I don’t think that is good enough.”

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