Nigerian Musicians Are Richer Than Actors! Why Music Makes More Money Than Acting In Nigeria – Kayode Olaiya Aderupoko
Veteran Nollywood actor Kayode Olaiya popularly called Aderupoko has revealed why musicians are richer and make more money than actors in Nigeria.
In this recent chat with Sunday School, the thespian said there is still a long way to go in the industry as regards remuneration of actors
“For most of my life, I have been in the movie industry and it is something I am very passionate about.
Truly, this job has opened a lot of doors for me but the pay still isn’t good enough. And one of the reasons for this is piracy because if producers have no guarantee of making profit on their investments, they wouldn’t pay actors well.
“Right now, there is so much attention on the entertainment industry in Nigeria and I am happy about that but the truth is that musicians fare better than us.
Apart from selling their CDs, they are also invited for concerts and other engagements. They are paid handsomely to perform and people even spray them money while on stage.
“Ordinarily, filmmakers should be living like royalty but we are at the mercy of pirates and that’s not good at all. It is very disheartening. People like us have invested so much in the industry and it is only fair for us to expect something in return, but some people just sit down somewhere and wickedly reap the fruits of our labour.”
How I Got Into The Industry – Aderupoko
“I started acting while I was in primary school; so, you can see what I mean when I say I have been doing this all my life.
In those days, we were propelled by the passion we had for the job, and not the pecuniary gains attached to it.
I will advise the younger generation to be focused, committed and hard working. If they set their sights on money, they might miss it.
But if they are truly dedicated to what they do, good things will follow because there is a lot of goodwill that comes with being an actor.”