I come from the viewpoint that a certain amount of respect has to be accorded to your fellow colleagues in your industry. There are certain boundary lines common sense should tell you not to cross as a fellow colleague, unless of course it is where you have been directly attacked/legally injured and you need to respond whether with a lawsuit, press statement or what have you.
I am having a hard time believing and understanding why UK Attorney turned filmmaker Obi Emelonye thinks he is and can speak authoritatively on the “joblessness” of Actresses Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, or tell them how to run their careers?! Like seriously?!
If he indeed made the statements below, then I gotta say, “with all due respect Obi, you just got onto the Nollywood scene and if I recall correctly, at least one of these actresses was instrumental in amplifying your brand and giving you the much needed visibility for your film ‘Mirror Boy.’ You should really fall back in how you speak about them.”
Even if an interviewer solicits such information from you the interviewee, common sense should tell you it is NOT in your place to discuss their alleged joblessness and the focus should be, instead, on your work and your upcoming projects.
These women know their value and the fact that they are not in hundreds of films does not render them “jobless.” They have been there, done that, and indeed should grow at this stage in their careers; because it gets particularly tiring to see or expect actresses with over a decade industry experience, to keep playing the same one dimensional roles that both industry producers and directors insist on shooting.
I think film directors need to show a bit more respect to their actresses/actors. “You can’t just be talking anyhow,” to say it the Nigerian way.
“Genevieve and Omotola are the two biggest actresses we have in Nollywood, they cannot afford to charge less than their status and that is where the problem comes in. Their charges are probably above what the industry can afford. Their charges are like half of the entire production budget so which producer can afford that?”
“What they can do now as it is with other big stars all over the world, is that they should begin to fund their own productions and act in them, they can act whatever role will enhance their brand, they need to start a production company now, and push themselves because they need to remain relevant and must not be seen as jobless. If corporate bodies perceive them as jobless they won’t want to do business with them, they might even price them cheap.”
The Daily Post Newspaper has the full story.
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