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Nigerian Actress Tara West Who Wrote AGN Constitution Says Nollywood Abandoned Her

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June 14, 2015 – Tara West, Nigerian Actress Who Wrote AGN Constitution Says Nollywood Abandoned Her, Decries Sex For Movie Roles Condition Being Forced On Ladies By Movie Producers

The Entertainer caught up with Tara West during the 14th anniversary celebration of her charity, Children of Abraham Professional Society (CAPS). In this quick chat, the Pastor of Temple of Living Waters opens up on her 32 years in entertainment, sexual harassment and how she was treated unfairly.

See excerpts:

Talking about Nollywood, why are you not getting roles?

I got into the business at 15 and this is my 32nd year in entertainment. I went into full time acting in 1989 when I started having issues with my music career. In 1990 I stopped dancing all together. I used to be a professional dancer; I was hot like a mermaid! I faced acting squarely and hooked up with late Amaka Igwe and landed the role of Lola Fuji in Checkmate. Then came Nollywood and there was this mad rush. It came with a lot of conditions and the few of us who couldn’t cope with the conditions took a bow.

What were the conditions?

Conditions like your body for a role. Whatever it is we celebrate today came with a lot of conditions. It was your body for a role and I couldn’t do that because I had done all my jobs on merit. I always say that no producer can come out and say I slept with her and gave her a role. Nobody can do that because I did all my jobs based on merit. I am not saying that I am a saint. I have dated one or two in the industry and that was because I desired them. Anyway, I bowed out and went behind the scene and transferred my attention to writing. In the 80s I trained as a director so from writing I went into directing.

Nollywood Has Treated Me Unfairly

I think Nigerians do not know how to celebrate their own. They don’t know how to say thank you. If not for anything, with what I have done for Nollywood, I should not be put in the background. I single-handedly wrote the constitution for AGN and I can beat my chest and say my constitution rules Nollywood. Nollywood has been unfair to me.

For crying out loud there were eight of us who formed AGN. Then the industry was nowhere. We went to embassies, met with individuals and organisations and gave Nollywood a voice. Back then veterans called me and said ‘what are you doing with this mediocres?’ But I said to them ‘just wait five years and see what happens.’ Today, the Nigerian film industry is ruling not just Africa but the world; I saw Nollywood coming.

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  1. Bimpe Alawiye

    June 14, 2015 at 5:22 AM

    If you can’t do bed work, there is no future for you in this helish industry. I have been to auditions twice it is not for me

  2. ocpeace

    June 14, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    tara, the way you dated some guy because you desired them, same way these ladies sleep wit producers for role. both you ladies have goal to sleep with anybody.dont caste lot on others….08057323826

  3. Okere Uchenna

    June 15, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    I seem to take it personal when someone says Nolly wood has abandoned him/her,are there your parents? Was the industry established to take care of you?

  4. joy joy joy

    June 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM

    Uchenna is ur comment is very funny

  5. joy joy joy

    June 16, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Uchenna ur comment is very funny. Cnt stop laffing.

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