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Demi Isaac Oviawe tells how she was never judged on talent but on colour of her skin

Demi Isaac Oviawe tells how she was never judged on talent but on colour of her skin

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Young Offenders star Demi Isaac Oviawe has told how she was never judged on her talent or acting but on the colour of her skin.

The 18 year-old, who plays teenager Linda Walsh in the highly popular show, revealed she noticed the reaction to her changed as her acting career progressed.

Demi, who said she is a proud Mallow and Irishwoman, added: “It’s always something that’s been there in my life.

“I have always dealt with racism in my life from the sense of like in school people used to make fun of me for having big lips, or my nose was too big, the stereotypes.

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“I always got slagged for it even though I know it’s not true.

“People seem to always look for something to pick on you when they see you doing well.”

Demi – whose family send money home to Nigeria – told how she was negatively impacted by the ignorance of a minority of people.

She continued: “Once I got into the public eye I never got criticised for my talent or my abilities it was always the colour of my skin.”

“I’m happy that it’s being brought to light right now.

“Before it was just a murmur in the background and no one paid attention to it.

“But it’s nice to see people coming together as a community to put a stop to racism and not just for black people but for people across the globe.”

The Cork star, who moved to Ireland when she was three, also referred to the frustration of dealing with some racist and ignorant views.

Demi Isaac Oviawe and Jennifer Barry pictured at the launch of the new Young Offenders television series at the Odeon Cinema In Point Square,Dublin ‘The Young Offenders’ will debut on RTÉ2 on Thursday 8th February at 9.30pm. Pic by Morris Wall
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The Nigerian-born actress told Elaine Crowley on her daily Virgin Media show: “My brothers were all born here and I’m the only one that is not and I know nothing else but living here in Ireland.

“Obviously I am still in touch with my Nigerian heritage, I eat the traditional food, but I wasn’t reared there.

“So when people tell me back to your country I just say I actually wouldn’t survive there.

“I love it and I would go there for a holiday and stuff, but there is no chance of me surviving as I am as Irish as the next person.

Demi will star in series three of Young Offenders, which kicks off on RTE One this Friday, July 24 at 9.35pm.

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