Mary Njoku and Bolanle Ninalowo have tackled Emeka Rollas, president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), for saying Nollywood is not a dumping ground for BBNaija evictees.
On Sunday, the AGN president had in an Instagram post reflected on the latest trend of filmmakers using former BBNaija housemates in movies as some form of marketing strategy.
His post had come after the eviction of Boma, Tega, Michael, and Peace from the reality show.
“Nollywood! Not a dumping ground for evictees!!! Case closed,” he had written.
But Rollas’s comment has continued to spark controversy among actors and movie lovers, some of who expressed contrary opinions.
In his reaction, Ninalowo disagreed with the position of the AGN president in a post via his Instagram page, saying “you’re wrong.”
“This one hit me hard! Oga @emekarollas, you’re wrong for this one, baba!!! Abeg, who is Nollywood for? Maka needs to be enlightened,” he wrote in the now-deleted post.
Joining the fray, Njoku said Nollywood does not discriminate, adding that the industry “is home to all.”
“Nollywood is Nigeria’s number one rehabilitation centre. She’s indeed a dumping for all society rejects. An employer of unemployable. A shelter to all who have lost their ways. A mother to the confused and misunderstood. She doesn’t judge,” she wrote.
“She doesn’t care about your past. She doesn’t care about what the world thinks of you. She doesn’t discriminate. She holds you till find your feet in the society.
“Anyone can make it in Nollywood. She gives a clean slate to anyone who wants a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th chance. She never stops giving.
“Majority of us were unemployable in the society when we joined Nollywood. No degree. No certificates.
“If not for Nollywood so many people would have committed suicide because of stigmatisation and discrimination. Nollywood is home to All.
“She is life to anyone who wants to live. Remember that.”
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