Veteran Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwor has explained why her colleagues are pleading with the public for financial help in the fight against chronic conditions.
Mama G, as she is affectionately known, said some Nollywood stars are well paid but often decide to seek public help when faced with illness.
According to the film star, there is a lot of financial pressure on actors from family members and acquaintances, adding that an actor can no longer earn money if he falls ill. Hence the decision to seek public assistance to pay his medical bills.
She said, “Some of us (actors) are paid well, but before this disease occurs, no one helps you because everyone thinks you have a lot of money. And you manage it (disease) together with your family. Also, no one pays you anymore when you are on that sick bed. Because if you're healthy, you can make movies and make money. The disease has kept you out for a long time and the money you have saved has run out.
'And you know, because of the nature of our work, we are heavy spenders. The clothes you wear matter to the world. We call it packaging. The way you packaged yourself. The worst part is that you can't even repeat your expensive clothes. These are the things that make us spend a lot of money. And then people jump on you, they feel that you have a lot of money, because they see your face everywhere. I know how many people came to this house today asking for help.”
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