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A few days ago, the internet was agog with the fresh celebrity news that Nollywood actress, Destiny Etiko had landed herself a new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Jeep adding to her fleet of vehicles. She had celebrated the multi-million naira car by throwing a huge party which was adequately featured on her verified Instagram page.
Some days after, rumours began to spread on several news blogs and other online circulars that the alleged gift was gotten for her by one of her numerous lovers. This her lover turned out to be a successful oil magnate, Jack Rich who is a married man with children.
Destiny Etiko in turn took to her social media handles to discredit these claims and blast the rumour mongers. In her words:
‘A lot has been going on. A lot has been flying on the internet ever since I posted my vehicle. I haven’t rested and I do not know why. I had wanted to keep quiet because a clear conscience fears no accusation but things kept coming up as if I have done something wrong,’ she said.
‘So I am here to clear the air. I don’t know this man you people speak of. I have never met him in my entire life. I swear with my life. I swear with everything I hold sacred. In fact, apart from my life, another person I hold so dear to my heart is my mother.’
‘I swear with my mother’s life. If I have ever met this man or him giving me any money or him sponsoring my projects or him even buying me a car, let it not ever be well with me and my generation but if not, this people cooking this whole thing up, the blogs sponsoring it, it shall never be well with you all and your entire generation.’
Amidst all these, new pieces of evidence have shown that the vehicle was in fact purchased by the Oil Don thus throwing more light on how these actresses sleep with rich benefactors to further enrich their career while making it seem like they are more successful than their male counterparts.
The Nollywood industry has many beautiful and talented actresses who have starred in numerous films and series. Being one of the fastest-growing film industry in the world, it is expected of the actors and actresses to earn in millions but this is not the current story in the industry as it has been revealed that the Nollywood industry is very female-dominated and this female domination is very prominent because of the underground sex-trafficking activities going on in the industry.
Another story that comes to mind would be that of the famous, endowed actress, Crystal Okoye who is popularly known as ‘Ukwu Venza’. She was gifted a Toyota Venza SUV by one of her numerous lovers. A gesture which she totally denied in all entirety.
Upcoming actresses are often used as sex objects and pawns by most Nollywood filmmakers attract rich investors who would sponsor the film. These actresses also market their bodies to top stakeholders who offer them juicy film roles in return for their tasty bodies. When these roles have been given to them and when they have been paid for their body’s worth, they begin to flaunt their riches on their social media pages while talking about ‘the essence of hard work and how it pays’. Daniella Okeke would make another sterling example of this fact as she has been an object of controversy after having dated numerous influential men like pastors and powerful politicians. Her most recent stint was her affair with Pastor Johnson Suleiman.
This deception is one of the banes of the Nigerian film industry and it is not just restricted to Nollywood alone. Females in the Nigerian music industry are also in the hot race of selling their bodies for sexual gratification. They sell their bodies to producers, music video directors and other sponsors who would help push their music to its top tier.
There is little or no hard work in the entertainment industry nowadays because women have embraced the get-rich quick scheme which is a wrong way of doing things. There should be a huge disparity between hardworking actresses and those who actually have the talent and the drive to work.
Finally, no one actually has any right to condemn any actress who is supposedly an adult and decides to sleep with rich and influential men for either financial inducements or any other gratification however these Nollywood actresses or music artistes should desist from painting a facade of diligence in their acting profession whilst in reality they are using their bodies to make money hence making their male counterparts who are struggling in the present harsh economy of Nigeria look miserable and lazy.
Enough of the deception! Nigerians are not fools.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK