A lot of Nigerians want to be famous, they are fame-hungry, they want to become a Nollywood and would do anything to be a celebrity.
I too at one time wanted to be famous, so it is fair to that I also was among the fame-hungry Nigerians, but the Nigerian movie industry is not as it seems, there are some things that go on behind the scenes.
Nollywood is not only known is Africa but also outside the shores of the continent, there have been several collaborations between Nollywood and Hollywood in recent times. Indeed, it is something to be proud of and certainly something one would want to belong to.
The industry looks and works like a well oiled money making machine, that produces a lot of rich wealthy actors and actresses; honours talent and displays the best in Africa’s creativity and share with world the spirit and magic of the African performing arts! and acting.
A haven for many of us longing to join the ranks and break into the Nigerian movie industry – with all our hopes and dreams tied to an opportunity – one shot at casting, one shot at the auditions, one great movie role.
That being said, we tend not to hear about what goes on behind the scenes of Nollywood, when the curtains shuts and lights go out. Behind the lights and glamours lies a deep dark secret that was has for several years being locked up in the dark.
Recently this sour taste sipped out of the glass and into our lives, dashing some hopes and dreams and leaving others reeling in disbelief when some social media user triggered a storm calling out Nollywood A listers as being Gay and hiding in the closet.
The sexuality of some of these male and female celebrities were called into question as they all have families and married to heterosexual partners and some have been in the business for a decade or more.
With everything almost spiraling out of control and allegations and counter allegations, law suits and Nigerian twitter literally in flames and my confusion only deepening over the last few months I decided to find some answers for my own peace of mind.
According to a reliable source who has been in the industry for over a decade, these top Nollywood producers, actors, directors, and socialites, more often than not include a clause stipulated in the contract of any Nollywood young promising actor that they have to agree to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Once the contract is signed, they connect you to the movers and shakers of the industry and just like that you become famous, but if you refuse to sign this contract, you will definitely struggle to get movie roles.
The industry is 80% gay, bisexual and lesbians, well I personally do not have anything against anyone’s sexual preferences but it is really a problem when it is now the only way one can breakthrough in the industry.
Most of your favorite Nigeria actors, TV personality are either lesbians, gays or bisexual (I would rather not mention any name and I say again I do not have anything against that) who definitely did not have a choice but to become that just for the fame.
It is really sad to know that the Nigerian movie industry is no longer about talent but who is willing to change their sexual preferences to the one suitable to the industry’s movers and shakers. One has to be careful out there, Nollywood is a dirty place where human beings are used for sexual satisfaction.