Popular actor, Aremu Afolayan has said most actors that live
flamboyant life do not make their money through the craft.
This is coming at a time when Pascal Atuma said you have to be a
prostitute to make it in the movie industry.
Afolayan speaking with Punch said most actors driving big cars most
likely got their money from influential people and other means.
He said, “By the way, I live my life, people tend to think that I am the
richest Yoruba actor, but that is a lie. Nigerians assume a lot. I live
in a rented apartment because I cannot afford to build one. When
they see me buy a new car, they don’t know if I paid for the car in
instalments; instead they call me a big boy. What type of big boy lives
on N50,000 or N100,000 income per film as an actor? I challenge
any Nigerian actor that is living larger than life to state how they
made their money because I am sure it is not from the movies they
“I am talking about both the English and Yoruba actors. If they like,
they can say they make N5m per film, they cannot afford to build or
buy a house at Lekki or Victoria Island or Ikoyi. It is impossible. They
should call out mathematicians to figure it out. It is a lie. It is
because they meet some influential people that give them businesses
or they have side businesses.
“Since we do not all meet such people or make the kind of money
they make through these people, we just have to be content with
what we have. In my life, I have never seen an ‘educated illiterate’
country like Nigeria. Nigerians are very gullible when it comes to
judging other people’s lifestyle since they do not know anything, they
assume. Then social media came and it made things worse.”
Speaking further, Afolayan addressed reports making the rounds that
he was gay after a picture of him pecking a man surfaced online.
“I went to a store with a friend to pick up a wristwatch I had been
paying for in instalments. My friend was taking pictures when I told
him that we should cause trouble on social media with a picture of
me pecking him.
“When I posted the picture, it went viral within 15 minutes. In fact,
we were still in the store when the picture went viral. I was shocked
that Nigerians would even conceive the idea that I am gay because I
“Anybody can be gay and I mean no disrespect to them but as for
me, the picture was just done for publicity stunt. I never knew it
would go viral that fast.
“People call me a gigolo; how come I do not have money? I know a
lot of people that are gigolos and they are doing fine. If they say I am
an actor and gigolo, why would I have to sell a car in order to afford
another car? I do not have to convince anyone; when I know that at
the end of the day, I would not waste my time convincing you about
anything. You can think about anything you like but I am not here to
convince anyone,” Afolayan added.