President, Actors Guild of Nigeria, Mr. Ejezie Emeka Rollas has reacted to a recent statement attributed to a movie producer, Screen writer, director, Mr. Pascal Atuma, that for one to succeed in the motion picture industry, one has to be a prostitute.
Atuma had in a recent interview claimed that Nollywood is being “controlled by pimps”
He further advised upcoming actors and filmmakers not to be deceived by the glamorous lifestyles they see on social media.
“If you are not a full time or semi-prostitute, you will not make it in Nollywood,” he had claimed.
Angry Rollas, while reacting to the claim, said that it was unfortunate for the person of Atuma who had benefited immensely from the input of these so called ‘prostitutes’ and ‘pimps’ to utter such irresponsible statement.
He told DAILY POST that: “It is sad that one who prides himself a producer and screenwriter to make such baseless and reckless statement. It is these so called ‘prostitutes’ and ‘pimps’ that have been sustaining him. What he is saying is that everyone that has been toiling to give his movies meaningful interpretation so that he would sell and feed are prostitutes.
“For his information and to others who have this nonsensical mentality, the Actors Guild of Nigeria is a responsible body that has contributed immensely to the economy of this country. Our fame has grown beyond what many expects.
“We are good ambassadors of this country. Every successful actor has earned his or her worth by dint of hardwork, personal improvement and the collective support of Nigerians who have abiding faith in our trade. I also want to challenge Atuma to name names of the prostitutes if he is sure of his hollow claim.”
Already, top actors are beginning to reply Atuma. Ruth Kadiri has warned Atuma to stop generalizing, maintaining that she is a successful filmmaker and not a prostitute.
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