Nollywood actor and movie director, Pascal Atuma, has revealed that to be successful in the Nigerian movie industry, one has to has to be “a prostitute or semi-prostitute”.
In an interview with TheCable published on Friday, the 46-year-old said Nollywood is controlled by, in his words, pimps, telling upcoming actors and filmmakers not to be deceived by the lavish lifestyles they see.
“If you are not a full time or semi-prostitute, you will not make it in Nollywood,” he said.
He continued, “Our ladies are using what they have to get what they want. Even some of the guys who can use their a** are the ones making it in Nollywood.
“I am being very real here and they make it look as if they are doing well but they are not, they are suffering.
“Let’s stop deceiving the younger ones by keeping it real. We have to let the younger ones know how it is and what it is.”
The director of My American Nurse said anyone who is willing to challenge him on his comment should bring it on, saying he’s ready to defend his himself even on national TV.
He said: “Pascal Atuma is my name and I am saying it the way it is and that’s the truth.
“If you want to challenge me on this, please come and do it on any national television in Nigeria or anywhere. I am even ready to pay for the challenge.
“The biggest boys in the industry know that I am saying the truth. I am saying the truth and there’s nothing anyone of them can do to affect my career, they can’t employ me.”
Apart from being an actor and director, Pascal is also a screenwriter and comedian.
He has directed productions such as Who Is the Man? and Okoto the Messenger.
Pascal has starred in Through the Glass, The Other Side of Love, Faithfulness and Secret Past.