Nollywood legend, Emeka Ike has spoken about what chased him and some of his other actors or actresses out of Nollywood.
In a recent interview with Joy Marcus, the former Nollywood bad boy said the arrival of Cable TV and bad economy are the reasons for their exit.
Asked about people feeling he is no relevant in the industry since he doesn’t get called for movies anymore, he said, “It is not just about me; it is about all the actors in my set. You don’t see Jim Iyke, Ramsey Nouah, Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde as often in movies any more as you used to. So, it is not about me alone. It is the new trend that came about when cable television operators came on board.
The home video system was not properly structured; so, people started buying decoders. The level of politics in the home video sector was so high and our economic value became affected because initially, we got paid from the funds got from the sales of movies. As an actor, you can determine the fees you will charge for a movie.
When cable television was introduced, it drastically reduced the sales of movies because some of those movies were already being aired on TV. It is not a personality thing but the lack of structures in the industry. And see where it has brought us.”
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