“Money Was What Got Me Into Nollywood”- Actor Tony Umez Reveals
Veteran Nollywood actor, Tony Umez, has revealed that despite venturing into the Nollywood industry for financial reasons, he wasn’t paid for the first two roles he played in when he began his career.
The actor made this known during an interview session with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on ‘Rubbin Minds’ show hosted on Channels TV, where he spoke in details about his early days in the Nollywood industry.
Tony recounted how he left Nollywood to venture into private tutoring, while stating that he had the Hollywood earning model in mind when he started but the idea was defeated after two film projects which he was not paid for.
“Truthfully, money was what got me into Nollywood. I studied English and had my master’s in International Law & Diplomacy. When I graduated, the only employable ministry was the ministry of foreign affairs,” he said.
“But there was an embargo on employment then. I had to fall back on my first discipline, one of the course contents of which was Introduction to Drama. I had done some stage performances, so it was not a difficult decision.
“At the time, we had this pattern in Hollywood where you hear that people earned 20 million doing a movie. I saw acting as having serious potential. The acting was unserious in Nigeria then because we didn’t have a structure.
“But I had a mind of my own. Based on the Hollywood model, I felt I could do it. I didn’t think about structure.
“I played the lead in my first film and was to be paid 23,000. I wasn’t. No money. My reason for venturing into the movie scene was defeated. I did another and wasn’t paid too. I saw it wasn’t an industry I could survive in. So I left.
“For about two years, I was doing private tutoring and was making some money from that. I came back and did the movie ‘The Princess’, starring alongside Zack Orji before I hit it big time ‘Died Wretched’.”
When asked to evaluate the modern-day Nollywood, Tony said Nigeria’s movie industry has come a long way.
Tony Umez said: “I’m impressed with how far Nollywood has come but we can do better. There’s technology to make things better but talent has dipped. Then, you had to know your onions. I’m not saying there are no good actors now,” he added.
“But the passion and toil that drives you to be better are no more there. We now focus more on the business side.
“I didn’t take a break voluntarily. It just happened. Perhaps it was about the influx of more people in the industry with scripts that were focused on the younger population. However, I’ve always been working on myself,” Tony Umez concluded.
Praises Pour In For Davido’s Show In New York
Popular Nigerian Singer, Davido, kicked off his ‘We rise by lifting others’ tour in New York City and his fans have been full of praises for him.
The tour stops include New York, Toronto, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.
A fan, Louis OBO hailed, “Davido be giving the other guy don’t try this at home vibes
his crowd control and management”
Another fan, Rozapepper focused on one of the songs performed during the show, saying, “Davido performing LALA ft. CKay at this headlined sold-out festival in New York City is the most elated you have ever seen this year. The drummer deserves a raise.
Anonymous Justin, reacting to a clip from the show, said, “Davido said ‘Be chill’. The crowd said ‘Na man leave this part to us’. 001 we got you everywhere!!!”
BBNaija Boma Opens Up On Romantic Affair With Tega (Video)
Former Big Brother Naija Housemate, Boma Akpore has finally opened up on his relationship with co-reality star, Tega Dominic which generated a lot of controversy on social media.
Recall that Tega Dominic was introduced at the Big Brother’s house as a married lady with a child and people got the impression that she would be a no-go area for her male colleagues.
However, while in the house, Boma and Tega were caught in several suspicious moments which triggered numerous black lashes with people accusing them of defiling Tega’s marriage.
Speaking on this, Boma in the previous episode of the Big Brother Naija Reunion show revealed that he was aware that Tega’s marriage crashed a long time ago while in the house and to him he was dealing with a single woman.
Recall that Tega took to social media a few months after the BBNaija Season 6 show ended to reveal that her marriage ended since 2020 which left many surprised given that she and her estranged husband had put forward a show of being married leading many to hit at her over her actions in the house.
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‘Must We Portray Sexiness In A Vulgar Manner’
Big Brother Naija alumni, TBoss, has recounted the different trends displayed by women saying she’s fed up with the trend of portraying sexiness in such a vulgar manner.
TBoss stated this via a post on her Instagram story on Wednesday where she narrated the most recent trends saying the latest of them which involves groping of the boobs is getting out of hand.
“It used to be females twisting their heads so hard to show their faces yet include their butts in photos. I tried it, I almost rearranged my organs so I gave up…
“Then came the tongues sticking out, looking like a generation of serpentine spirits…
“Now it’s the boob grope. The amount of self-fondling and boob groping is legit getting outta hand.
“Must we portray sexiness in such a vulgar manner? What’s next? Abeg I don tire for una.” She wrote.
See a screenshot of the post
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