“What makes filmmakers steal money from Nollywood is poverty,” says Toyin Abraham
“It is not easy. Now, my husband is going to London to shoot, my son is upstairs sleeping, and my daughter is upstairs, and we travel first class or business class now. At the end of the day, it is hard work and God.
“If I take account of all the blessings— houses we have and other things, I start crying. And all these things happened in five years.
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“That’s why people think I’m obsessed with FilmOne; even in FilmOne, they call me the First Lady.
“Yes, I am obsessed with Moses, Ladun, Mimi, Kene, and Tolu. The first time they paid me, it was forty-two million. I wanted to die. After I received the money, as far as I was concerned, everybody wanted to kill me.
When someone innocently talked to me, I thought they wanted to kill me; everything looked like a gun.
Would you believe I’m still making money(royalties) from that movie done five years back?
After cinemas, I still have money in foreign currency waiting for me from Netflix.
And then the airlines will buy them as well. Amazon, DStv, and so on will also buy them.
So if I were to answer your question truthfully, I’m sure that if it had happened to me years back, I’d have done the same thing.
If you had given me ten million back then to shoot a movie, I might keep five for myself.
But now, if you give me five hundred million to shoot a movie, I might have to add to it to be able to shoot an excellent film.
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