It is only the few that have good background that do not engage in the act. It was so very stressful to the extent that some actors lost their lives to the project. I am currently working on the sixth one. I got into the industry in with English Language movies but crossed in to the Yoruba movie section. But I still say it is not their fault because the market is very bad. The downside of this is those marketers only accept to do this if you can meet the requirements, and we all know what the requirements are. It is my dream. They want a coward, someone that will dance to their tune.
Because from the scriptwriting process I put in my best to make sure I did something different from your everyday movie. Some people ended up quitting. When you look at all these things, you realise it has not been a bed of roses. Uche Jombo curses movie pirates. In this interview with Bisola Bello, the Oba Adetoyese star opened up on some of the things that happen behind the camera. It is my dream. Unfortunately for them, I am an Ekiti girl. Sex-for-roles remain a problem in Nollywood — Blessing Egbe.
Because from the scriptwriting process I put in my best to make sure I did something different from your everyday movie. That I would say. Well, I will say the major challenge I have faced can be attributed to the distractions that are in the industry. I left basically because of the discrimination in the industry.
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Most people just could not survive it because of the stress that comes with acting. I am a disciplinarian. Somebody that does not know what she really wants might think in that direction moviea I believe in destiny. I know what I wanted to do and I was determined to do it till the end.
The downside of this is those marketers only accept to do this if you can meet the requirements, and we all know what the requirements are. It happens everywhere; in the banking sector and what have you.
Do you think your religion has influenced your career and the roles you choose to play? What will be will be. My place is very far from Lagos. Tonto Dikeh accuses colleague of adultery. Like I said, the market is very bad; so bad. I am a Muslim.
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I will not say there have not been obstacles, but with the help of my husband and family, their encouragement and financial support, I have been able to scale through. I remember clearly we had a project movied Osun State for about six weeks for a movvies movie. The thing is the English sector knows the market is bad and they have reduced their productions but the Yoruba industry despite knowing this, we keep producing.
When you look at all these things, you realise it has not been a bed of roses. I say all the time that life is not fair.
From the moment I was writing the story I already envisioned a cast for it. I am currently working on the sixth one. These days it is even worse because everybody wants to do anything to get to the top. I think I am where I am supposed to be. A friend called me that my movie is about a million views on YouTube. In business when you are not making profit, you are bound to owe.
After moving from English to Yoruba, it would not have made sense if I just decided to quit. It is my dream. Nollywood actress and producer, Abolanle Abdulsalam, made a switch from English Language to Yoruba when she found her opportunities limited.
It was so very stressful to the extent that some actors lost their lives to the project. The Nigerian movie industry itself has a bad market. And if a movie is good, it should get nominations and awards.
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