Nigeria: ‘Govt, Not Nollywood, Should Cater for Film Veterans’ says Elliot

Nollywood actor-cum-director, Desmod Elliot has said taking care of veteran of Nollywood actors who fall sick is beyond the industry as the government ought to cater for movie stars.

The Glo ambassador expressed dissatisfaction with the rate Nollywood veterans die because of poor medical attention and the inability to foot their hospital bills.

He said "it is not the industry, this is beyond the industry, it is what the government should do something about."

When asked if the government should really be responsible for the welfare of movie veterans, he asked, "what do you mean by really?" Saying that "this man has brought up the good image of the country, what are you talking [about]? This is beyond Nollywood. What can we do? Nothing, it is sad."

It will be recalled that the President of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima has established a health insurance scheme for actors. The initiative was welcomed by actors and the general public.

Nollywood has witnessed, in recent times, deaths of some of its veterans. The likes of Sam Loco Efe, Ashley Nwosu, Pete Eneh, David Ihieze, Gringory, Enebeli Elebuwa and a few others who have passed on.

Some of the veterans died due to poor medical treatments after falling sick. In some cases, they died because they could not get even less than a million Naira for treatment at the hospitals.

The cases of Eneh and Elebuwa among others quickly come to mind in this category. While many had called for a good insurance scheme for actors in the movie industry, some others blame movie veterans for not making hays while the sun shines.
Source: Daily Trust, 18 May 2013.

MTN South Africa has a new CEO.

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