I’m happy I’m influential, I won’t be distracted by criticisms – Yvonne Okoro

Actress Yvonne Okoro, who was recently named amongst Richtopia.com’s 250 World’s Most Influential Women, says she is humbled by the recognition.

The actress was elated about her enlistment and told MzGee, host of Hitz FM’s Showbiz this Week programme that it was refreshing to be named with world personalities she takes inspiration from, highlighting that the honour done her was a dream come true.

“It’s weird and I have to be very honest on this, I don’t know but when you hear something like this, you only dream of it before you enter and even when you are in, you look up to people like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, classy ladies like that and ask yourself when you are going to get there and you are told that you’ve almost reached that kind of status and you as influential as they are, it’s the icing on the cake.”

After the release of the list by Richtopia.com where she placed 189, many have questioned her astuteness on social media as the organization relayed platforms such as Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook etc. as its source of an automated algorithm.

The actress, who is not bothered by the criticisms, says she is rather counting her blessings than to concern herself with people’s ‘bad mouth’.

“If I’m going to listen to all the gossip in the world, I probably won’t be where I am today, I won’t be the kind of woman or person I have grown up or I’m growing up to be. I’m sure I probably also have thought that some people in your sector do not deserve to be where they are but at the end of the day, are you not making your money, are you still not touching lives every day?”

“So if I’m going to say that ok you, you that are asking me questions, what do you know? you don’t sound that smart, will make you stop your job? Of course not that will be absolutely wrong on your part…. I don’t listen to such talk, I don’t have to march or have to build a hospital for people to know that I am doing something,” she said.

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