Friday, October 5, 2018

Toxic Behaviour in Nollywood

Many Cases of  Acrimonious Acts of Petty Jealousy, Envy and Stupidity in Nollywood.

I have seen many cases of acrimonious acts of petty jealousy, envy and stupidity in the Nigerian film industry, and more pronounced in Nollywood of southern Nigeria than in the Kannywood of northern Nigeria. And these often childish and foolish acts of idiocy have resulted in different cliques among the filmmakers, marketers, actors and actresses. We have instances of what they call "beef" between them on Instagram, Facebook and other social media networks.

Frankly, I am often clueless about what their so called "beef" is all about. I also heard that antagonists often send emails to members of their cliques to boycott the events of their opponents or rivals.

I saw an open "beef" between the popular Nollywood diva, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha and another rival actress who is a chain smoker and her clique during the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. We were together in a private bus provided by the organisers for invited guests to attend the banquet hosted by the state governor, His Excellency, Seriake Henry Dickson in the Government House. I thought, these beautiful actresses were acting and joking until Chioma refused to be on the same bus with them. She left the bus to avoid quarreling with them. I was speechless.
Then I witnessed another case during the occasion of the special Showbiz Interactive Session with former President Goodluck Jonathan held on March 15, 2015 at the Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. I was one of the special guests sharing a table for ten with other notable celebrities in the Nigerian entertainment industry. I saw them backbiting and gossiping about others and I was speechless.

To avoid being entangled in the acrimonious intrigues of any of the cliques, I decided to distance myself from them and I thank God I am not taking sides and not antagonistic to any of the cliques.
What are they "beefing" about?
Bitter people are most likely immature and insecure. Acrimonious encounters and shenanigans are the furies of their insecurities.

It is better, healthier and safer to live and work without bitterness or their so called "beef" against anyone in Corporate Nigeria.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

Recommended Books on Nollywood:
Nollywood, Manipulation and Social Reality Perceptions by Adnan Ali Adikata (2014-07-17): Books

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