He recently revealed this during a recent interview with Sunday Scoop, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, his decision had nothing to do with his marital status, and he decided to quit because he doesn’t like to remain in his comfort zone for too long.
Spiff added that his wife is a very supportive woman, and she has always supported whatever decision he makes.
His words, “My decision had nothing to do with my marital status. My wife was very supportive of my decision. She knows I am very analytical. I am not okay with being in my comfort zone for too long. I’m adventurous and I like challenges. My family also gave me their blessings. I know a lot of people might have different opinions about this but I am not moved by that. Being Spiff is not the ultimate. I have bigger purposes to fulfill in life and time is of the essence. I have a lot of things in the ‘bag’ and I’m not quitting acting.”
“If one is easily swayed by the opinions of people, one would find oneself in a difficult place. Bloggers have even made news quite hard to verify. Just recently, someone created a fake Twitter handle and tweeted that my wife was my former classmate. The person also claimed my wife used to put my name on the ‘list of noisemakers’.” That was not a true story but it went viral. Those are some of the things celebrities face. We all have our struggles, irrespective of one’s popularity.”
“For example, a lot of people did not know that the late American actor, Chadwick Boseman, was going through a lot before his death. They did not know that he was fighting so many battles. Humans are naturally opinionated and the negative side of social media is not helping either. The morality of some of the people who criticise others heavily on social media should be questioned. I have been in the industry for over 25 years. I started when I was just six years old, so I know these things. Being popular does not make one have a regular life. It comes with a lot of attention.”
Nollywood is a sobriquet that originally referred to the Nigerian film industry. The origin of the term dates back to the early 2000s, traced to an article in The New York Times. Due to the history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term, which has made it a subject to several controversies.
The origin of the term “Nollywood” remains unclear; Jonathan Haynes traced the earliest usage of the word to a 2002 article by Matt Steinglass in the New York Times, where it was used to describe Nigerian cinema.
Charles Igwe noted that Norimitsu Onishi also used the name in a September 2002 article he wrote for the New York Times. The term continues to be used in the media to refer to the Nigerian film industry, with its definition later assumed to be a portmanteau of the words “Nigeria” and “Hollywood”, the American major film hub.
Film-making in Nigeria is divided largely along regional, and marginally ethnic and religious lines. Thus, there are distinct film industries – each seeking to portray the concern of the particular section and ethnicity it represents. However, there is the English-language film industry which is a melting pot for filmmaking and filmmakers from most of the regional industries.
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