Yemi Solade says that the actors should look out for one another instead of raising alms on social media
Veteran actor Yemi Solade has decried the current state of affairs in Nigeria’s film industry known as Nollywood.
According to him, the Nollywood industry is now full of clowns instead of professionals so much so that one cannot even differentiate between the two anymore.
He stated this during an interview with Nigerian Tribune.
He said: “Nollywood is not there right now. The Nollywood you see is all-encompassing. It’s an uncompleted building that is not guarded and what you meet there would amaze you.
“It has become an all-comers affair, anybody can stroll in and act. All the Yahoo boy are now there, all the prostitutes that you can imagine are there.
“People can’t even discern between the core professionals and these class of clowns who have infiltrated the association. But they didn’t just fly in, people you call professionals brought them in.
“It’s just so porous that anybody can become an actor, the entry point is so porous and annoying. It’s a profession and it must be handled and treated as one.
“I am not really pleased with the state of the industry. It’s a professional body and we must portray ourselves as one that has mastered the art and craft of the profession.”
On raising funds for medical emergencies for sick and aged actors, Solade said it is important for the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) to have plans for needy members.
According to Yemi Solade, “If there were insurance schemes, and plans in place for the aged, or members of the industry, they won’t run to the social media to raise alms for their failing health conditions”.