By Tony Nwanne
Veteran Yoruba actor, Taiwo Hassan has revealed how Nigerian actors are treated with negligence when it comes to payment for what they do best, acting.
Ogogo, as he is fondly called, who was once a popular face in the Yoruba movie scene noted that he has decided to delve into another lucrative work, rather than waiting for a movie role. He said this in a recent interview.
According to him, “I just can’t be chasing some jobs that are not worth it now. Imagine going to Ibadan now on fuel of about N30, 000, the producers don’t usually have the fund to pay for my hotel and I will lodge my personal assistants in hotels as well. I can’t commit to jobs that are not worth it. It is not every job that one gets to do at a certain stage in one’s life.”
“No marketer can finance a movie project with a large amount of money. Imagine releasing a movie in the morning by 9am and by 2pm the pirated copies will be out. So, how do we get our royalties or how does the marketer recoup his investment?”
“We solely depend on God’s mercy now, and the goodwill of those who love us. Only few have small businesses of their own. As I speak, some actors are being fed by their wives. A big marketer in the industry told me when he wanted to release a Yoruba movie, some Igbo boys in Alaba told him to settle the pirates so they don’t pirate his movie. That is happening in a lawful society.”