Nollywood and Love by Seun Oloketuyi

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LOVE! This four letter word seems to be very difficult to find in the make-belief world of Nigeria called Nollywood. Nollywood is 20 years this year and in 20years so many love relationships have been broken and resulted into scandals. One wonders they would have turned to a mega hit if interpreted as movies. While some will argue that because of the way Nollywood work schedule is, it would be absolutely difficult for them to make good lovers.

In 20 years, Nollywood has witnessed a lot of love gone sour. Is it the Segun and Ann Arinze tales, Zeb Ejiro and Domitila Oleka, Fred and Agata Amata, Emeka and Jennifer ossai, Saheed and Fathia Balogun, Femi Adebayo and Funke Akindele, Sammie and Kate Henshaw, Joseph Benjamin and wife, Daniel and Doris Ademinokan to mention a few. In all of these,  one thing stands out each breakup- Allegations and Infidelity .

But in as much as people have associated acting with flirting, it is important to note that most of the notions are greatly misinterpreted because these actors are in the public limelight. An Average young lady today will have dated about 4 guys in 2 years but if any actress does  same, it becomes big news and people regard them as being promiscuous.

Sometimes, the work schedule of the practitioners makes it difficult for them to hold a relationship together as  only a matured mind can understand. Actors would surely stand up their dates severally and phones will ring endlessly as the actors cant pick their phones nor reply their messages when on set. This might mean so many things to the partner especially if he has not gone close to a movie set before. What about the long days away from home in the name of recording which might take the actors away from home and thus making the partner to feel edgy.

Tales of sexual harassment in the industry have not helped matters as it is rumored that some producers, marketers and directors do actually make sex a role offer to some actress and many fall to the pressure while those who do not agree often face tough times. While all these might exist some analysts argue that the same way actress trying to find their feet are harassed for sex is also the same way journalists are harassed by their superiors, nurses by doctors and secretary by their bosses.

It has not been bad tales of love all around in Nollywood as some practitioners have succeeded in living happily with their spouses and becoming real role models when the matters of the hearts are concerned. Worthy of mention is Rasaq Olayiwola married to Moji Daughter of Ade Afolayan popularly known as Ade Love, Uncle Olu and Joke Jacobs, Fidelis and Tope Benjamin, Chico and Joy Ejiro to mention a few. What I think makes Nollywood marriage work is genuine love for your spouse, understanding, forgiveness and God’s favour.

Seun Oloketuyi

Ceo Bononline and Executive Producer BonAwards

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  1. Modee

    February 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Nice one!Great job u’r doing.

  2. funmilola asedeko

    February 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Well said bro.

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