The Nollywood i belong to
One of the things that bring fame is Movie. Film! If you are not into this venture to get rich or become famous then you are not ready or perhaps fully hashed. You might be the producer,director,writer or whatever, all has the same thing at stake then what if you are an actor/actress? This is the main swaga...
Being an actor or actress is the dream of so many of us but the problem is the opportunity to showcase our talents. Now, let me go to the main point. Nollywood.
Nollywood is one of the biggest film industries in the world, it is on record and produces more films than the giant Hollywood annually. Furthermore, there have been so many cases of sexual harassment in Nollywood and as well cases of "give me- i give you" or per say "Use what you have to get what you want". It suppose to be to use talent; right? But what he want is to sleep with you for the role. Oh! goodness me. So many young girls have fallen victims to most die hard producers.
Is the film industry about sex? No! it is not then i am left with this disturbing issue therefore i ask...Why is this industry glamor with sex?
Still talking about Nollywood...
Nollywood has helped so many folks both Nigerians and foreign entities, there is bread on so many tables today, thanks to Nollywood and although this industry is fast growing and has gained vast international recognition, it has as well attracted so many attributes like Hollywood and apart from the sex scandal which is seriously devastating the industry, my fear therefore lies not in the same story line which it produces (60% of the films from Nollywood shares same story line) but on the high rate of DIVORCE which has cemented itself in the Industry. A resent investigation and survey shows that 4 out of every 10 Nollywood marriage has crumbled and also shows that 2 out of every ten is on the verge of collapsing. It is disturbing because as an up coming producer, i wish to see the very best of Nollywood where naturally, i fall into.
What are you guys showing us? Although i am not saying that this high rate of divorce applies or happens only in Nollywood but haba!
Eucharia Anunobi: It was like a union made in Heaven but what happened afterwards was disturbing.
The list goes on and on and on and on, take a look at this timeline.
Kate Henshaw and her king have gone their separate ways after 12yrs.
Stephanie Okereke and her professional striker has also gone their separate ways but she has since taken a 2nd stand.
Tchidi Chikere and his lovely Sophia has also called it a day.
Take a good look at these names:
Bukky Wright, Chiege Alisigwe, Fathia Balogun, Clarion Chukwurah, Shan George, Regina Askia, Obot Etuk, Ngozi Nwosu, Ann Njemanze, Ibinabo Fiberesima and Sandra Achums.
These are all powerhouse when it comes to Nigeria movies but all has gone wired with their Romoe(s) respectively, so what is really the problem because honestly, there is no month that we do not hear of a break up that has to do with a top actor/actress. Is it the fact that most guys in Nigeria has this timid approach to handling rich and successful women? Is the problem really the men or the women?
Anyway, this is what few people said about this alarming issue toiling and tearing our beloved Nollywood apart:
Bukky Wright, a budding actress, said that these marriages crash because Nigerian men lack confidence, especially to manage successful women.
Nollywood actor, Emeka Enyiocha said the environment and secondly the understanding of people contribute to divorce in Nollywood.
I don't want to take much of your time on this subject because if i am allowed to write,believe me my report will occupy all Facebook but this is what Mr. Chukwuma Nwahiri a philosopher and psychologist from the University of Lagos said...
...most of the celebrities go into marriage with the wrong motive of exploiting their partner.They see marriage as a basis to exploit, especially now that Nigerians are emulating the western culture, where women rights are given more regard.
Pastor Olusegun Ezekiel said that most of the celebrities get involve with fetish things to get fame and thus sacrifice their marriage.
In conclusion, i wish to stress that being a celebrity is not easy but that doesn't change who you are. Take for example, as a film producer, i admire folks like Tchidi Chikere a great deal and still do, he is a human, i also admire Nkem Owoh, Kate Henshaw, they are my role models. Role models live by example so i urge our masters and aspirators to embrace tolerance and always remember that eyes are on them, what they do and what they say posses effects on so many people.
I do not in any way mean to invade or write about anyone's personal/ private life but this article was triggered because of the alarming nature of divorce in Nollywood. Subject to criticism and i would respect any comment/opinion.