Nollywood actress, Charity Nnaji, has maintained that sex-for-roles has become the order of the day among filmmakers.
Naija News understands that the issue of sex-for-roles has been commented on by different stakeholders in the entertainment industry, with each of them expressing their beliefs on the viral claims.
Recently, Nnaji in several posts on her social media page, bemoaned the act which according to her has made female actors turn into advanced prostitutes.
“Being a female celebrity is more like advanced prostitution,” Nnaji wrote on her social media page during the week.
The actress was, however, chastised by some netizens who felt her comment was uncharitable to hardworking women in the entertainment industry.
Speaking with Saturday Beats in a recent interview, Nnaji reiterated saying; “It is the order of the day in Nollywood and they (filmmakers) have even upgraded. Sometimes, they would promise one a role, have sex with one, collect one’s money, then give one the script of a movie that has already been shot. It is that bad in Nollywood. Young girls who are desperate to be famous are usually taken advantage of.”
Nnaji also stated that her controversial Instagram post was triggered by her findings on the scandal between another actress, Tonto Dikeh, and her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogiri.
She said, “What actually triggered the post was the voice note I listened to on my colleague, Tonto Dike’s Instagram page. The person she was having the conversation with, Merit, is a close friend and I called the person to find out what led to the voice note. I found out that almost all the girls mentioned in the voice note had slept with Prince Kpokpogri. Yet, those are the same people that pretend a lot. They claim to be building careers but are actually into ‘runs’ (prostitution) behind closed doors. After listening to that voice note and getting more information from Merit, it dawned on me that this (being an actress) is more like advanced prostitution.”
Reacting to comments from fans that she made the revelations to chase clout, Nnaji said, “When people say I’m chasing clout by making statements like these, does that mean because I am an actress I can’t have my own opinions or air my views? Things don’t work that way. That is why many people die in silence.
“They (people in the movie industry) have never liked me because I say it the way it is. I am not a clout chaser and I did not make that statement because I want to gain popularity. I only commented on a trending issue. I don’t talk just because I want to open my mouth. I try to find out about issues before summarising them on my page.”