Nollywood actor, Gideon Okeke has taken to social media to lament bitterly over the ill-treatment of actors in Nigeria.
The father of one via his social media questioned, aired his frustration with the acting profession, revealing he might call it a quit. He further went on about the reasons why actors don’t receive royalties and residuals like other professions, inquiring what the Guild board of bodies stands for in the industry.
Read his post below;
”Out of Ignorance comes education.
Out of Darkness came the Light.
Hear this :
I’ve really begun to feel frustrated in this CRAFT that I love so much. Remember that during the times of COVID lockdown, ONLY folks working in “essential services” were allowed to come out. Doctors, Nurses, Farmers etc etc.
Let me remind you that while you were holed-up in your home for upwards of 4 months, watching Television, The ACTOR participated actively, in keeping your sanity in check. That’s An Essential Service if you ask Me.
But for All that the ACTOR does (for society) all that accrues to him at the end of the day, is the upfront payment which he accepted. Which most of the time, comes at a Piecemeal drop, covering for a duration of A Lifetime….For Life!
- WHAT THE HECK IS THE UNION / GUILD REPRESENTING ?
- WHAT THE HECK ARE THE PEOPLE IN POSITIONS OF POWER WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, DOING ABOUT IT?
-DO THEY CONSIDER GOING TO THE OSCARS, BEING ON NETFLIX, MORE IMPORTANT THAT THE WELFARE AND LIVELIHOODS OF THE PERFORMERS WHO ARE PERPETUALLY KEPT IMPOVERISHED?
Most professionals are entitled to a Pension, Gratuity etc.
BUT WHY IS THE ACTOR PERPETUALLY DENIED ROYALTIES AND RESIDUALS FOR HIS LIFE’S WORK??
Is it because the contract said so?
Is there really Always A Contract?
What does THE LAW have to say?
It’s become clear a lot of people are here for FAME! FOR PICTURES. For SLAY. They didn’t come here to change the world. Let alone, ASK QUESTIONS!
To have LIVED is to ensure that through your life’s work, someone else lives/breathes easier, better.
I want to tag names but I want you to PARTICIPATE. TAG THEM!
Wahala for Any ACTOR wey do “Eyes-Right” for this Post O. May the industry continues to PERPETUALLY ROB ROB YOU OF YOUR DUES!!!
Na ME Talk. TALK YOUR OWN!”