Veteran Nollywood actor, Kanayo O. Kanayo has lamented about how some celebrities on Instagram have been tarnishing the image of the movie industry.
The actor who was speaking in an interview on the 90 Minutes Africa show hosted by Rudolf Okonkwo and Chido Onumah said that a lot of people have tagged themselves as actresses and tarnished the image of the industry on social media.
He added that some people are destroying Nollywood by doing everything to imitate veteran actresses like Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Rita Dominic, and other genuine actresses.
“When they introduce themselves as actresses, we know they are not actresses. We know what they are doing is impersonation. It is when they steal the dollars of these politicians that we get to hear about it. And what you will hear then is, all these actresses na thieves. And that is where we say, no.”
“Or generally, they will say all these Nollywood girls na ashawo. We still have very responsible, fine Nollywood girls, but the worst thing that has happened to Nollywood is the infiltration of Instagram stars into Nollywood. The girls are popular on Instagram but are not rooted to the ground. They are the worst thing that has happened to Nollywood.”
“They are the ones giving Nollywood a bad name. Because they can do anything to become Genevieve Nnaji. They can do anything to become Omotala. They can do anything to become Rita Dominic. They can do anything. They are just popular on Instagram. You cannot rate them on anything.”