24-Apr-2018
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Nigerian actor Samuel Robinson settles payment row: Read Facebook Post

KOCHI April 6: Nigerian actor Samuel Robinson withdrew the allegation that he was underpaid for his role in the Malayalam film Sudani from Nigeria.
 
He also said that there is no racial discrimination in Kerala and it is one of the friendliest places to visit in Asia. Earlier, the actor had claimed that he received a raw deal from the film’s producers as he is African.
 
“I previously ascribed racial discrimination to the treatment I had received but deeper enlightenment and explanation by The Happy Hours Entertainment make me believe that this was not a case of racial discrimination but a case of misunderstanding, miscommunication and misinformation.
 
I would like to apologize to any person from Kerala who was offended by my previous statements. As this particular case is now confirmed to not be racial discrimination, I want to state that there is almost completely no Racism in Kerala and I believe Kerala is one of the friendliest places in Asia for an African to visit.
 
To address the Jabs and Mockery posted against me and supported by some well-known actors and directors in Malayalam film Industry; people like these are the ones who made me ascribe racial discrimination to the treatment I had received in the first place.
 
It is sad to know that some people are not raised with the proper training of kindness and humanity. But, we cannot dwell on such people as 99.9% of people in Kerala radiate unconditional Kindness, Love and Humanity. Because of this, I believe that odd 0.1 percent will soon be permanently eradicated," he said in a Facebook post.
 
He also said he will be donating a part of the money he has received to The Red Card Anti-Racism education charity.
 
Robinson’s previous comments had sparked a fiery debate in Kerala with people both supporting and objecting to his stand.
 
Directed by Zakariya Mohammed, Sudani from Nigeria is the story of Samuel (Robinson), a football player who comes to Kerala to play Sevens football match.
 
Samuel Robinson's full Facebook post below:
 
"Hello Everyone, I have been contacted by the producers of Sudani from Nigeria to settle the issue of unfair wages I put up few days ago. To settle this, I have received payment of a reasonable sum as salary for my work on Sudani from Nigeria.
 
I previously ascribed racial discrimination to the treatment I had received but deeper enlightenment and explanation by The Happy Hours Entertainment make me believe that this was not a case of racial discrimination but a case of misunderstanding, miscommunication and misinformation.
 
I would like to apologize to any person from Kerala who was offended by my previous statements. As this particular case is now confirmed to not be racial discrimination, I want to state that there is almost completely no Racism in Kerala and I believe Kerala is one of the friendliest places in Asia for an African to visit.
 
I want to specially thank Dr T.M Thomas Isaac Sir – The Finance Minister of Kerala for his support to resolve this issue.
 
I would like to thank Television Media, News Papers, social & political workers and Facebook Friends from all over the world for showering their unconditional support and love, without which I wouldn’t had been able to manage this tough situation. This has reinforced my belief in unconditional Love and humanity.
 
I would like to plead with everyone to not direct any hatred or contempt towards Shyju Khalid, Zakariya, Sameer Thahir or anyone involved with the Happy Hours Entertainment. The impressive way they have handled the resolve of this situation tells that they are good people.
 
Before the controversy we were like family and in all families, there will be disagreement and miscommunication. This is normal and when resolved, it only strengthens the bond between family members.
 
To address the Jabs and Mockery posted against me and supported by some well-known actors and directors in Malayalam film Industry; people like these are the ones who made me ascribe racial discrimination to the treatment I had received in the first place.
 
It is sad to know that some people are not raised with the proper training of kindness and humanity. But, we cannot dwell on such people as 99.9% of people in Kerala radiate unconditional Kindness, Love and Humanity. Because of this, I believe that odd 0.1 percent will soon be permanently eradicated.
 
I will be donating a part of the money I have received to The Red Card Anti-Racism education charity. I ask you to join me in doing so by visiting www.theredcard.org
 
I will always love the millions of people from Kerala who showed me unwavering support, and i will always Love Zakariya, Shyju Khalid, Sameer Thahir and the rest of the Happy Hours Entertainment. All has been resolved peacefully.
 
Thank You,
Love ❤️,
Samuel Abiola Robinson.