Nigerian comedian and content creator, Mz Gabbie, also known as Flora, has said people find it hard to believe that female skit-makers make their money through skits.
She explained that she and her female colleagues do extra to get noticed because they are often judged wrongly.
According to Mz Gabbie, whose real name is Omozele Gabriel, people accuse successful women in the industry of either being sponsored by men or using skit-making as a guise to sell their bodies.
Speaking in an interview with The Punch, she said; “Female skit makers do extra to get noticed and I will speak for them. If one goes outside of her character, people will think one is trying to attract men. Some people believe if a female skit maker is achieving success, then that person is sleeping with one man or one is using it as a cover up for one’s hook-up plan. It is difficult for women in skit making because we have to always prove ourselves that we are equally funny and that we can equally create content.”
Mz Gabbie added; “This is exhausting sometimes. If you ask someone to name skit makers in Nigeria, the person might have named five male skit makers before they call a female skit maker. We are doing a lot and we are breaking boundaries. I feel like we should be recognised too, just the way our male counterparts are being recognised.”
On the successes recorded, she said that her highlight of 2022 was when she performed at ZicSaloma’s show in London.
The comedian said; “My highpoint of 2022 was when I performed in London at the Zicsaloma’s show. It was beautiful. Also, it was so good to know that I have fans in London. It was a refreshing moment for me and a reminder that I can break more barriers and go many places with my talent and career.”
Meanwhile, skit-maker, Taaooma recently lamented about the challenges women experience in real life because of their gender.
The content creator narrated an encounter with a motorist that belittled her even though she was driving her own car.
Taaooma said she confronted a traffic offender, but the man told her to drop her father’s car at home before she can be able to talk to him.
She cried out about going through similar things at the place of work and the society in general.
The comedian wrote; “Being a woman can be tough sometimes. In your work space, you’re looked down upon. In the society, you’re not as respected.
Last time out, a traffic offender I challenged on the road told me to “drop my daddy’s car” before I can talk to him.”
A Twitter @Vawul3nse said that probably happened because of her petite size, but she dismissed such an insinuation.
The tweep said; That wasn’t about you being a woman, it was probably about you being ‘small’ size. You women shouldn’t be victimizing yourselves always
@_Taaooma responded; Lol, small size? Cos he saw my whole body from the car Yh? If I start to list all the experiences, we’ll be here till night. I’m spitting the reality of things, you said I’m victimizing myself. Stop jare.