In a recent interview, veteran Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwor explained why many of her colleagues in the industry resort to asking the public for financial help when they are battling chronic illnesses.
Despite being well-paid, some actors struggle to save money for themselves due to their extravagant lifestyles.
Additionally, actors face considerable financial pressures from family members and acquaintances, making it even harder to set aside funds for emergencies.
Ozokwor emphasized that when actors fall ill, they are unable to make money, leading them to turn to the public for assistance in covering their medical expenses.
This revelation was shared on Tiktok by KWS Nigeria.
She said, “Some of us [actors] are paid well but before this sickness get, nobody helps you because everybody feels you’ve a lot of money. And you’re managing it [sickness] with your family. Also nobody pays you anymore when you’re on that sick bed. Because it’s when you’re healthy that you can be shooting movies and getting money. The illness has kept you out for a long time and the money you saved has been exhausted.
“And you know, because of the nature of our job, we are heavy-spenders. The clothes you wear matters to the world. We call it packing. The way you packaged yourself. The worst is that you can’t even repeat your expensive clothes. These are the things that make us spend a lot of money. And then people pounce on you, they feel you’ve a lot of money because they see your face everywhere. I know how many people that have come to this house today to ask for help.”