In a recent interview, veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor, shed light on why her colleagues often resort to seeking public assistance when they are battling chronic ailments. According to the legendary thespian, some actors are paid well but find it difficult to save money for themselves due to the luxurious lifestyles they indulge in.
Ozokwor also highlighted the financial pressures that actors face from family members and acquaintances. She pointed out that actors no longer make money when they fall sick, hence, the resolve to seek public assistance to pay their medical bills.
The interview clip was shared on Tiktok by KWS Nigeria, and it has since gone viral. Ozokwor’s remarks have sparked a conversation about the challenges that Nollywood actors face when it comes to managing their finances and health.
The actress explained, “Some of us [actors] are paid well but before this sickness get, nobody helps you because everybody feels you’ve a lot of money. And you’re managing it [sickness] with your family. Also nobody pays you anymore when you’re on that sick bed. Because it’s when you’re healthy that you can be shooting movies and getting money. The illness has kept you out for a long time and the money you saved has been exhausted.”
Ozokwor discussed the nature of the entertainment industry and how it contributes to the financial struggles of actors. She explained that actors are heavy spenders due to the pressure to maintain a certain image and lifestyle. The clothes they wear and the way they present themselves matter to the world, and they cannot repeat expensive outfits. These are the things that make them spend a lot of money, according to Ozokwor.
Furthermore, the actress revealed that actors often face pressure from people who assume that they have a lot of money because they see their faces everywhere. Ozokwor shared that many people have come to her house asking for help.
The interview has brought attention to the need for better financial management and support systems for Nollywood actors. Many fans and industry insiders have expressed their support for Ozokwor’s remarks and have called for action to be taken to address the issue.
As an industry that generates billions of dollars in revenue each year, it is crucial that Nollywood takes steps to prioritize the well-being and financial stability of its actors. By providing better support and resources for actors facing chronic illnesses, the industry can ensure that its stars are able to continue working and contributing to the success of Nollywood for years to come.