Legendary Nigerian actress, Patience Ozokwor has revealed the reason many of her colleagues plead with the public for financial assistance whenever they are battling chronic ailments.
She said some actors are paid well but the luxurious lifestyles they indulge in make it difficult for them to save, so they resolve to seek public help when down with sickness.
The Nollywood veteran who was speaking in a viral video also explained that there are a lot of financial pressures on actors from family members and people close to them.
Ozokwor 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.”
Watch her speak: