I was being paid N4,000 for lead roles in 2014 – Lateef Adedimeji

Popular Nollywood actor, Lateef Adedimeji has revealed the paltry amount was receiving many years ago despite playing lead roles in movies.

The ‘Jagun Jagun’ star recalled when filmmakers used to pay him as low as N4,000 for a lead role in 2014, and he only started getting paid N100,000 to N200,000 for a role in 2015.

I was being paid N4k for lead role in 2014 - Lateef Adedimeji

Lateef made this known when he appeared as a guest on the latest episode of the ‘Deep Dive’ podcast hosted by actor and comedian, Teju Babyface.

He said; “If I tell people that I wasn’t collecting N100,000, N200,000 until 2015/16, a lot of people would not believe me.

“Before then, the highest I collected for a lead role was either N4,000, N5,000, or N10,000. I was paid that low back in 2014 because it was more like a learning process.”

Meanwhile, in related news…

Popular Nigerian actor, Deyemi Okanlawon has said the major challenge facing actors in the film industry is that they are not paid enough.

He stated this during a recent episode of MTV Base Africa Lights, Camera Stardom, programme alongside his colleague Daniel Etim-Effiong.

Okanlawon said Nollywood underpays actors but the are not financially literal enough to use the tools at their disposal to protect their career future.

He said; “I think [Nollywood] actors are not being paid enough. And the other hand, we are not financially literal enough to use what we do have and maximise it to protect ourselves in the future.”

On his part, Etim-Effiong said: “I also think that the way the [Nigerian movie] industry works, it doesn’t provide enough for the actors to work with both financially and otherwise.

“For example, I don’t think actors are given enough time to prepare [for their roles]. I don’t think actors are given enough time even to work on themselves.”