Nollywood actor Mofe Duncan shared his experiences with body shaming and being blacklisted by producers due to his weight during the early stages of his career.

Duncan discussed the body shaming he endured as an actor, particularly in response to a troll who claimed he couldn’t be considered handsome because of his size.

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He revealed that he sustained a severe back injury while attempting to lose weight in the gym to meet societal expectations. The actor noted that the body shaming he experienced in the industry affected him at the time.

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However, he now says it doesn’t bother him, and he chose to speak out to support others facing similar issues.

On his Instagram page, the actor wrote: “So this guy @iamadeogooluwayimika said I’m not allowed on the most handsome men in Nigeria list because I’m big. Lol!

“So comments like these brush off me like a leaf falling from a tree, zero impact. Zero damage.

“I’m a big guy, yes. I’ve been big for the past 10yrs, yes.

“Did I have a severe back injury whilst in the gym trying to look how people wanted me to look? Absolutely.

“I’ve been trolled and even had producers not want to work with me after calling me ‘fat’. Did it affect me years ago? Yes. Does it affect me now? Never. Has it affected my acting or my career? I’d let my movies speak for me.

“What about my personality? Never. Or my health? Nope. Now some would say ‘Ignore these trolls.’ I should, shouldn’t I? Yes.

“The thing is…. this post ain’t for me or about me, it’s for others like me who get body shamed or called ‘unpretty’ because they’re larger than their peers.”