Veteran Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwor has expressed that individuals in Nigeria’s film industry may not be as affluent as commonly perceived, with her statement coinciding with the circulation of financial appeals by various Nigerian actors.
She mentioned that while certain actors receive substantial pay, they frequently turn to seeking assistance from the public when faced with illness due to their extravagant lifestyles, which hinder their ability to save for personal needs.
Additionally, the renowned performer emphasized that actors experience significant financial demands from both family members and acquaintances.
Ozokowor said actors often save less than they spend, due to societal pressure.
In a recent interview shared on TikTok by KWS Nigeria, Ozokwor highlighted that actors no longer earn income during periods of illness.
As a result, they have decided to turn to public assistance to cover their medical expenses.
She said, “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.
“And you know, because of the nature of our job, we are heavy-spenders. The clothes you wear matters to the world. We call it packing. The way you packaged yourself. The worst is that you can’t even repeat your expensive clothes. These are the things that make us spend a lot of money. And then people pounce on you, they feel you’ve a lot of money because they see your face everywhere. I know how many people that have come to this house today to ask for help.”