Nigerian filmmaker, Pascal Atuma, has said that only prostitutes and homosexuals make it in Nollywood.
Atuma said this during an interview with The Cable. Insinuating that the Nigerian film industry isn't as lucrative as some actors claim, Atuma said most actors are actually suffering.
He also said that by pretending to be successful, they deceive the younger ones who want to become actos.
"If you are not a full time or semi-prostitute, you will not make it in Nollywood. Our ladies are using what they have to get what they want. Even some of the guys who can use their a*s are the ones making it in Nollywood," he told Cable.
"I am being very real here and they make it look as if they are doing well but they are not, they are suffering. Let’s stop deceiving the younger ones by keeping it real. We have to let the younger ones know how it is and what it is.
Atuma challenged his fellow filmmakers and actors to counter what he has said about the Nigerian film industry.
'Pascal Atuma is my name and I am saying it the way it is and that’s the truth. If you want to challenge me on this, please come and do it on any national television in Nigeria or anywhere," he continues.
I am even ready to pay for the challenge. The biggest boys in the industry know that I am saying the truth. I am saying the truth and there’s nothing anyone of them can do to affect my career, they can’t employ me."
Reacting to Atuma's comment via Instagram, Nigerian actress and producer Ruth Kadiri said she feels insulted as she is not a producer and works hard for her money.
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Atuma's controversial comment comes weeks after popular Nigerian actor Paul Obazele said most Nigerian filmmakers are homosexuals.
“I would not lie, we have gay producers and lesbians in the Nigerian entertainment industry and they are the people in control," Obazele told Punch.
It also comes at a time when several actors have come out to say that working in the Nigerian film industry isn't profitable enough to put food on the table or provide a life of luxury. According to Aremu Afolayan, acting in the Nigerian movie industry does not earn one enough to buy a house in places like Lekki.
Atuma is a Canadian-Nigerian actor and director popular for films and series like "LAPD Africa Cops" and "Bloodlines," "My American Nurse" and "Only in America."