It’s regularly stunning when a performing artist, who has appreciated long stretches of fame, turns out to state he is broke. Some on-screen characters either become dull of the spotlight on the grounds that the jobs were never again coming in, walk away from Nollywood on their own terms because the pay was no longer satisfactory, or even die because they couldn’t afford their medical bills.
Femi Ogedengbe, who was at one time an ‘effective’ performer in the Yoruba film industry, as of late uncovered that he presently profits as a security monitor in the US than he did as an on-screen character in Nigeria.
Stanley Aguzie, who landed a job in Vikings after he moved to Ireland, told Tribune Online that a great deal of his well known companions are bankrupt and hopeless.
Saidi Balogun told Encomium Magazine that this is on the grounds that Nollywood is never again what it used to be and most performers can never again charge expertly.
“We just settle for whatever the producers are ready to offer,” he said.
If fans somehow happened to pass judgment on some Nollywood on-screen characters by their ubiquity or amount of movies, they would be extremely rich people. However, that isn’t the situation. Here are five mainstream performing artists who have turned out to enlighten the world regarding their money related status:
1. Ernest Asuzu
In 2015, Daily Independent reported that Asuzu was seen asking at Shoprite in Surulere Lagos. The on-screen character, who was all the while recuperating from a stroke at the time was limping while he asked for cash to eat.
In 2016, the performing artist was talented with a pristine jeep and money to begin over again by Prophet Jeremiah Omoto Fufeyin. The prophet gave him a fresh out of the plastic new jeep worth N3.5m, and 1.5 million naira to fire up another life.
In a 2017 meeting with Linda Ikeji Blog, the performing artist said he was abandoned by the individuals from the Actors Guild of Nigeria, who knew about his circumstance. Ernest Asuzu, until his sickness, was a functioning on-screen character in Nollywood. He is prominent for motion pictures such as “Accidental Discharge,” “Regal Wedding,” “Chain Reaction” and “Dirty Game.”
2. Dejumo Lewis
In 2015, Veteran actor, Dejumo Lewis, who is referred to for his job as Kabiyesi in “The Village Headmaster” classic TV cleanser, said he was penniless. Amid a meeting with Punch, the on-screen character said that in spite of the ‘legend’ and ‘symbol’ mark, he was one of the most unfortunate paid on-screen characters in Nollywood.
“I had to struggle to pay my rent and my staff. I must admit that right now, I am indebted to the management of the hotel that I am staying. I also owe two of my staff more than three months salary. They have been so loyal and committed to me,” he said in 2015.
Lewis has featured in widely praised films such as “Dazzling Mirage,” “October 1,” “When Love Happens” and “Invasion 1897.”
3. Uche Oduputa
In 2007, Uche Oduputa was captured for dealing drugs and was imprisoned for a long time and three weeks. In a meeting with Broadway TV, the actor revealed that his monetary circumstance drove him into dealing.
As indicated by him, he figured it would change his condition since he wasn’t getting any generous film jobs at the time and couldn’t bear to nourish or house his family. Since his discharge from prison, the performing artist has included in fruitful creations such as “Husbands of Lagos,” “Last Flight to Abuja,” among others.
4. Tajudeen Oyewole (Abija)
Prevalently known as Abija, the on-screen character was a fruitful Yoruba performing artist until he was associated with a car collision in 2007, while shooting the movie “Ibinu Abija.” In a 2015 meeting with The Nation, the on-screen character said that his notoriety hadn’t converted into riches.
“I am not rich; I don’t have a roof over my head, which is part of measuring one’s wealth in this part of the world; I don’t even have a land,” he disclosed to The Nation. He included that the cash acknowledged from acting is simply very little, or even as enough as their fans think.