Veteran Nollywood actress Fausat Balogun, aka Madam Saje, has just
cleared the air on the perception most people have the seemingly
luxurious lifestyle stakeholders in the movie industry and according to
her there is hardship in Nollywood.
In a chat with Sunday Scoop, she said,
leaders should have mercy on us. There is suffering in Nollywood. I
just pray that God will make them have good thoughts towards us. If we
are treated the way actors are treated in the western countries, you can
imagine where we would be.
The only thing keeping many of us
here is the passion we have for the job. If not for that, some people
would have resorted to selling wares at Oshodi. There are no structures
in place and pirates are also dealing with us.
“As for me, I have
spent over 45 years in this industry; so, it is something that is
already part of me. I cannot readily change to do another thing.
However, I am happy that I don’t beg to eat and I am able to do things
that my peers engage in.”
On what she thinks about some young actresses who engage in ‘prostitution’ in order to live glamorous lives, Madam Saje said,
can only speak for myself. I cannot say anything about what people do
in their private moments. However, if the industry is buoyant, there
wouldn’t even be mention of things like this. It is because of the
hardship in the sector that some people engage in untoward acts.”