The Toyin Animaku Tirade.

The Nigeria Entertainment Industry is filled with so much lackadaisical attitudes, bizzare characters, inappropriateness and  unprofessionalism.
It is an entertainment industry where the creators of the entertainment are sad within.
I was on a Toyin Animaku production yesterday for one of her works '7 and a half dates.'
We the actors started arriving at 8am.The production was filled with aggression, abusive words, confusion, and the likes.
We were delayed from 8am to 8pm in the evening without food, water or any role to play.
We kept on asking when do we start?
Toyin Animaku walked up to us at 8pm with the news that shooting would no longer hold that night. She conjured up a scene of tiredness and helplessness. She asked us to return the next day at 8am for swift production.
We were utterly perplexed. She never talked about welfare, transportation or accommodation for those living far. She just stormed out after the orchestrated presentation.
I followed after her. I tried to explain to her why I needed to leave the venue with some compensation.
I am a mother. I left a child at creche to be at production to cater for that child. Baby does not understand "no food," the creche does not understand 'no money.' I need to pay my bills.
Toyin looks at me coldly and asks the question, "Are you not an actress?"
I was taken aback. Does it mean as an actress I should be hired without payment. She confirmed my fears. She said "We all passed through this when we started. They would not pay us after production and we would be there the very next day."
Haa, I became stupefied.
She then goes into a tirade and begins to yell at me.
I am writing today because I think things should be done better. The likes of Toyin cannot take people's time and refuse to pay. You cannot call actors to location and refuse to pay for it.
It is not surprising that actors are helpless and run to public for financial support when they are sick. They lack financial backing because of no financial integrity on the parts of producers. They have been robbed of their 'times' in the prime of their careers when producers refused to pay for their services.
The Nollywood industry should be sanitised, revamped or maybe overhauled so we can meet international standards.
People can speak up for a change.

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