At first, the actor was hesitant to reveal the exact amount of his salary, but then later said that he has been paid Rs 1.80 lakh for the film. "I am of the opinion that this happened purely because of my skin colour and the assumption that all Africans are poor and don't know the value of money," Mr Robinson said in a Facebook post. He also said that the film director, Zakariya Mohammed, tried to help him but since he wasn't financing the film, there was little he could do.
The 19-year-old said that the amount he received was less than his usual quote in Nigeria, but he agreed to it because he was "under the impression that it was a very small budget independent movie". He later found out that the film was "a moderately budgeted project". He further claimed that during the shoot of the film, there were times when he had to spend the night at "questionable places and eat questionable food". The actor, back in Nigeria, also claimed that the producers had promised to pay him more if the film did well at the box office, but he hasn't heard from them since.
Sudani from Nigeria, released on February 23, is about a football player (Samuel Robinson) who becomes part of a local soccer club in Malappuram district of Kerala. Mr Robinson has previously acted in several films and television shows, including 8 Bars and A Clef and Desperate Housewives Africa, a Walt Disney production.