Two of Nollywood’s biggest actresses Genevieve Nnaji & Omotola Jalade Ekeinde are reportedly not currently getting any acting jobs in the industry, this according to film producer & director Obi Emelonye.
Obi Emelonye directed Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in Last Flight To Abuja. Read what he had to say after the cut.
“Genevieve and Omotola are the two biggest actresses we have in Nollywood. They cannot afford to charge less than their status, and that is where the problem comes in. Their charges are probably above what the industry can afford. Their charges are like half of the entire production budget, so which producer can afford that?”
Continuing, he said:
“What they can do now, as it is with other big stars all over the world, is that they should begin to fund their own productions and act in them. They can act whatever role will enhance their brand. They need to start a production company now, and push themselves because they need to remain relevant and must not be seen as jobless. If corporate bodies perceive them as jobless, they won’t want to do business with them, and they might even price them cheap.”
He does have a point; the two gorgeous superstars have become the victims of their success. Compared to Mercy Johnson, who has filmed a good number of movies since her return from having her baby last year, Genevieve & Omotola have only been in a handful of films.
Omotola’s last major role was 2 years ago in Amina, while Genevieve was in last year’s Dr Bello, a movie that didn’t do very well at the box office. There’s some anticipation, however, to see her in action in the much-touted movie adaptation of Half of A Yellow Sun opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor & Thandie Newton.