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‘It’s unfair to label actresses prostitutes’ – Nollywood star, Funmi Awelewa

The actress speaks on being an actress and the misconceptions.


Nollywood actress, Funmi Awelewa, popularly known as Morili, has made revelations about the film and movie industry and the misconceptions about its practitioners, in this case, the unfair labeling of actresses.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, making rounds on the internet, the thespian shared that what goes in the media is not all fair representation of the way things are.

She also highlighted that the name tag of promiscuity on actresses is uncouth and unnecessary.

“It’s not true that actresses are promiscuous. It’s a function of who one is and what one was engaged in before becoming an actor. If one was wayward before joining the movie industry, one would easily continue it and if one is not, being an actress would not automatically make one that way” she said.

“People should stop tagging actresses as bad eggs in society. Actresses are sometimes judged from afar but when you move closer to us, you would discover that we are not bad but just misrepresented by some elements.

“A lot of us can’t do half of what some big society ladies do, though there might be some exceptions. People should appreciate what we do as actors because of the risks we face at times.

”I came to Nollywood as a total stranger. Everything that I am today is by God’s grace; nobody can take glory for my success. If I relied on the help of a godfather, I wouldn’t be as hard-working as I am because I would have depended so much on the person.

“When I started acting, I got a lot of rejection and discouraging words from people. Some persons even told me that acting was not my calling. I also begged one of my senior colleagues to feature me in his movie but he turned me down and asked for sex.

“Many celebrated actors who attained enviable heights did so with the help of hard work. However, having godfathers made it easy for some people.”

Speaking on the relationship with other actors, Funmi Awelewa said: “Actresses are always conscious of their dealings with the opposite sex because they don’t want to be trolled on blogs.”Our busy schedules don’t permit us to even have time for relationships sometimes.


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