“Sometime ago I was paid as low as N1000 for a role in Nollywood, it was terrible”, Uzor Arukwe speaks on life before fame

There are certain prizes one had to pay for fame and for handsome Nollywood star Uzor Arukwe, he had indeed paid his price and now reaping the benefits of his sacrifice.

The actor in an interview opened up about his early years in Nollywood and rising to fame.

He also detailed how he quit 10 years in the corporate world for a career in Nollywood and the challenges he encountered in his early years.

“The challenges I faced were basically being undermined and underrated,” the ‘Sugar Rush’ star shared.

“A lot of people did not know what my capabilities were, so they were not sure if I could act or not. I had to prove that I knew what I was doing and I was good at it. I have been trained for this and waiting for opportunities (for some time).”

He continued “also the fees one got for acting was ridiculous. One could act a role or two, and be paid as low as N1,000.

It was terrible but like in every other industry, one has to keep pushing. One must be consistent and persistent.”

Speaking on life before Nollywood, Arukwe revealed that he worked in the retail and telecommunications sectors for 10 years before finally taking the bold step.

“I always wanted to be a professional actor. I wanted to make a living from it,” the actor said.

“I worked for 10 years in the corporate world. I spent five years in a telecommunication company and another five years in a retail company that was into sport equipment.”, he continued.

The movie star has starred in over a dozen Nollywood productions ranging from Iroko productions to cinema films and web/TV shows.

Some of his notable features include Sugar Rush’ and ‘ Oga Pastor!’



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