Seyi Omooba

Seyi was hounded out of a promising theatre career after her four-year-old Facebook posts on Biblical marriage were criticised on Twitter.

Seyi Omooba was cast as Celie in a production of the award-winning musical The Color Purple. But when another West End actor dug up a Biblical Facebook post on marriage from over 4 years earlier, she was pressured out of the role. She was then dropped by her agency after citing a fake news report about her.

Seyi said: “When I received the email that I was going to be dropped from the cast, I was heartbroken. The agency told me that I would receive financial compensation, but I am not in this for the money. For me it’s not about the money or my face – it was about telling and expressing Celie’s story, as I interpret it as a performer, because that is what I love to do.

“Yet the theatre and the agency gave me the choice of either losing my career or renouncing my faith. I could not do this, not even to save the career that I love.”

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