Why Nollywood Actors Beg For Public Assistance When They’re Sick – Patience Ozokwor

November 24th, 2023

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Patience Ozokwor

Patience Ozokwor, the veteran Nollywood actress, has spoken up about why her colleagues beg for public assistance when they are battling chronic ailments.

She said some actors are paid well but often resolve to seek public help when confronted with sickness because the luxurious lifestyles they indulge in make it difficult for them to save money for themselves.

The legendary thespian also noted that there are a lot of financial pressures on actors from family members and acquaintances.

She pointed out that actors no longer make money when they fall sick, hence, the resolve to seek public assistance to pay their medical bills.

Ozokwor spoke in a recent interview, a clip of which was shared on Tiktok by KWS Nigeria.

She said, “Some of us [actors] are paid well but before this sickness get, nobody helps you because everybody feels you’ve a lot of money. And you’re managing it [sickness] 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. The illness has kept you out for a long time and the money you saved has been exhausted.

“And you know, because of the nature of our job, we are heavy-spenders. The clothes you wear matters 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. And then people pounce on you, they feel you’ve a lot of money because they see your face everywhere. I know how many people that have come to this house today to ask for help.”


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