October 26, 2017 – Kanayo O Kanayo: Nollywood Actresses Told Me They Are Being Pressured To Sleep With Producers
Nollywood actor Anayo Modestus Onyekwere popularly called Kanayo O Kanayo has lent his voice to the ongoing sexual harassment issue in Nollywood.
In an exclusive chat with Reuters Foundation, the 55-year-old actor said actresses call him on a daily basis to tell him how they are being pressured to sleep with producers for movie roles.
Other Nollywood stars who corroborated with Kanayo’s statement include Dorothy Njemanze, Eeefy Ike and Emeka Rollas.
“There are a lot of people abusing their position and demanding sexual favours. I have had to turn down jobs, walk out of sets. There are plenty, plenty times I didn’t get a part because I didn’t agree to sleep with somebody.” – said Doroth Njemanze
“I’ve worked in Hollywood and had experience with harassment there. The difference is that, in Africa, we don’t have any functional laws. There is also a lot of poverty.
In Hollywood, if acting doesn’t work out, you can always go and get another job. In Nigeria, it’s difficult to get another job so there is (more) pressure on women to sleep with powerful men.” – said Eeefy Ike
Sadly, none of these Nollywood film producers has ever come forward to deny these allegations.