Veteran Nollywood actress, Patience Ozokwor has explained why her colleagues in the industry seek for public assistance when they are battling chronic ailments.
The legendary thespian said some of her colleagues are paid well but often resort to seeking public assistance when they fall ill because the luxurious lifestyles they indulge in make it difficult for them to save money for themselves.
She also noted that there are a lot of financial pressures on actors from family members and acquaintances, pointing out that actors no longer make money when they fall sick, hence, the resolve to seek public assistance to pay their medical bills.
Ozokwor, who spoke in a recent interview, 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.”