Following the report of several rape cases that have surfaced over the weeks, many Nigerians have used their platforms to speak against rape and demand for justice for the victims. This include Uwaila Omozuwa who been raped and killed in a church in Benin.
These horrific rape cases has triggered a me too movement of Nigerian and many ladies have spoken up about their rape/sexual assault perpetrated by men including those in the entertainment industry.
Speaking on the issue, veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor popularly known as Mama G, told Sunday Scoop that actors found guilty of sexual assault should be banned from the industry.
“They should be banned because they cannot represent us as an industry,” she said, “the guilds in the industry have disciplinary committees and they won’t allow such people to stay. There is a standard punishment that is to be meted out to anyone found guilty of such act.
“It is heartbreaking whenever I hear that things like that happen in the entertainment industry because they (entertainers) have access to whatever they want.
“There is no girl they desire and approach that would not follow them, even when they (girls) know that some of them are married. Forcing a girl into (the act) is just stupid. My heart is breaking as you are telling me that it happens in the industry because I don’t go on social media anymore.”
Advising women, the actress said;
“Girls should stop dressing provocatively. It seems like they can’t do without skimpy wear.“
She also said one of the reasons she had to shut down her boutique was “because if one doesn’t sell skimpy clothes, people would not buy.”
“However, people with good background would not do that because they know it would bring shame to their families. Some actresses think that when they dress that way, they would get roles but it is not true. Talent comes first. It is on set that one would be given the kind of dress one is to wear, so that one can properly portray the character one is playing.”
“Many girls come in (the industry) and they want to make it by all means, so they fall into the wrong hands. Even some of the people they think are directors may not be professional directors. Real directors don’t have time to mess around like that.
“Ladies should take it easy. Becoming a star is not the ultimate. When I started my career, I didn’t know that there was anything like stardom. I was just doing what I enjoyed and it has turned out to be what it is today.
“Some parents even dress their children in skimpy clothes, saying they want to prepare them to be stars. Whenever they meet any one that promises to turn their children to stars, they would quickly hand them over to the person.”
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