Renowned Nollywood veteran, Patience Ozokwor, popularly known as Mama G, has provided insights into why some of her colleagues often resort to seeking public assistance when faced with chronic illnesses. The iconic actress explained that despite being well-paid, actors’ extravagant lifestyles and financial pressures from family members contribute to their inability to save for unforeseen health challenges.
Speaking in a recent interview, a clip of which circulated on TikTok courtesy of KWS Nigeria, Ozokwor acknowledged that actors often receive substantial payments for their work. However, she emphasized that the nature of their profession, coupled with societal expectations, makes it challenging to accumulate savings.
“Some of us are paid well, but before this sickness hits, nobody helps you because everybody feels you have a lot of money. And you’re managing it with your family. Also, nobody pays you anymore when you’re on that sick bed because it’s when you’re healthy that you can be shooting movies and getting money,” Ozokwor explained.
The veteran actress shed light on the financial strains actors face when enduring illnesses that keep them out of work for extended periods. She highlighted the extravagant spending habits within the entertainment industry, citing the pressure to maintain a polished public image.
“Because of the nature of our job, we are heavy-spenders. The clothes you wear matter to the world. We call it packing. The way you packaged yourself. The worst is that you can’t even repeat your expensive clothes. These are the things that make us spend a lot of money,” Ozokwor expressed.
Moreover, she pointed out that people’s perception of actors’ wealth, fueled by their public visibility, contributes to the challenges they face during times of sickness. Ozokwor narrated the influx of individuals seeking financial assistance, assuming actors have substantial resources due to their on-screen presence.