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“I LEFT MY JOB AS AN ACTOR TO BRING STRUCTURE TO NOLLYWOOD” – OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEHINDE TALKS WORKING BEHIND THE CAMERA TO RAISE THE INDUSTRY’S STANDARDS

In a passionate interview with Rubbin’ Minds Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Nollywood veteran, Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde tackles some difficult issues regarding Nollywood, including the poor treatment of actors and the need to raise the industry to international standards.

“For the first time, it’s really hitting me how disorganised the industry is and how much we have not done, structurally,” she says, adding, “I have never received a dime in royalties.”

When asked about her noticeable absense from the big screen, Omotola said, “I’m not doing movies right now because most of the time, when I talk to producers, I say If you’re not going to put royalties in my contract, I’m not going to do your movie. You don’t just pay me off and go. […] If I die tomorrow, let my children have something to hold on to.”

Further, the actor says, “I think it’s irresponsible that we’re allowing people to do this to us. I wish every actor would understand this and stand up for it. I’ve left my job as an actor to work in the backend and help bring structure.”

Watch the full interview below: