Politicians have spoilt our actors with money & cars” – Zeb Ejiro says
In an interview with Yes! magazine this week, ace movie producer, Zeb Ejiro made some outrageous claims. He said Nigerian female politicians give money and buy cars for Nollywood actors, while male politicians give money, buy cars and homes for Nollywood actresses. He said that this has made the stars disregard those who helped them become the stars that they are today – producers. He also claimed that politicians are the ones giving money to actresses to make movies. What he said below..
“There are a lot of people who never dreamt of being what they are today. Suddenly, they found themselves there. People are running after them. I need to see you and all that. They start seeing themselves above god. That’s where they get it wrong. The movie industry did not start with the stars that are there today. It started with others. When we were talking, we mentioned a name – somebody you saw some days ago in Ikeja trekking or something. If somebody had told that person that at one time, this is how it’s gonna be, the person will not believe.” Continue. It gets more interesting
“Where they get it wrong is that they see themselves above god, they see themselves above the industry. People who suffered to make them who they are, they dump those people, they don’t respect them. You are doing something today, maybe a child’s naming ceremony, marriage or whatever, they don’t attend. They don’t come, they don’t need you anymore! Because the politicians are giving them so much money, the politicians are buying them cars; female politicians are buying the male stars cars, homes and what have you. The male politicians are buying the female ones whatever they want. So, suddenly, they don’t need the producer anymore. They can even make bigger movies than you now because one politician will give them N100 million and you are looking for N15 million to do a blockbuster. So, suddenly, they find out that they are bigger than you. Not just you; they are bigger than the industry. They start to equate themselves with god and forget that these politicians will only use you while you are the reigning star. They will flock around you for that period of time. Immediately somebody else springs up, they will dump you and go to that person. I know a lot of these stars that are now calling me to say Zeb, I heard you are doing something, you are not calling us. Why? Because they are not getting jobs anymore; they are not relevant anymore; the politicians are not giving them money anymore, because the politicians have now seen younger people that they are frolicking with. I think the banes of the movie industry are the Nigerian politicians. That’s the truth!” he said
Ejiro also spoke on his marriage, saying the success and failure of a marriage lies with the man and not with the woman and that for the devil to attack a marriage, he comes through the woman and so every man has to be on guard to take the devil out of his wife once he comes attacking so that their marriage can last
“I was arguing with with my friends one day and I said something. I said if a marriage fails, it is the man. Not the woman. When I said this, my friends said ‘Hey Zeb, which one is your own sef?’ Leave this tin! A marriage, if it fails, succeeds, it is the woman. I said no! I asked a simple question- who is the head of the family? They said the man. Who is the person that God has given authority? They said it is the man. Who is the driver of the marriage? The said it is the man. Who did God give the power and said You are the head, make the decisions of this marriage? They said it is the man and I said so, why are you arguing with me? You the man; if you are running your business and your business is crashing, wont you find a way to make that business to work? When it comes to your wife and you think she is so terrible, why can’t you apply the same thing here? By the time I finished, my friends, they were just looking at me like this and I got that from a book I read and it’s true. My pastor, Pastor Chris Okotie, said something in church one day. He said that when there is trouble in the house, in your home, the devil is attacking the wife. The devil enters the house through the woman. So you the man, you must realize that at the time the woman is misbehaving, the devil is attacking her. So it is your responsibility as the man to help her. Take the devil off her that moment. Because if not, the thing will destroy the marriage and its true” he said
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