- Nollywood’s Chioma Ifemeludike has opened up on some of the challenges that come with being a celebrity
- The movie star bared her mind in an exclusive chat with Legit NG
- Ifemeludike also disclosed that she almost dumped acting at some point because she wasn’t getting adequate returns for her efforts
The entertainment industry is not as glamourous as many tend to assume and this is exactly what Nollywood’s Chioma Ifemeludike had to say during an exclusive chat with Legit.ng's Maryjane Eze.
Ifemeludike started off by recounting the days when she was a victim of sexual harassment in the industry and how certain people had requested sex just to offer her a movie role.
She said there were times when she made mistakes but she made sure to maintain her dignity to a certain level.
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In her words:
"There were also people who approached me for sex for a role, but I couldn’t start sleeping with everyone. There were times I made mistakes in the course of my career but I still made sure I held my dignity at least to some certain level that I can defend."
"Challenges in the industry are so much; from sexual harassment to not being treated fair, being belittled. I went through some psychological harassments I know some people are still going through same. It has also been very gainful I’m not going to deny that."
On the issue of how celebrity marriages often fail, the actress submitted that she is not scared of getting married and will have no problem doing the biddings of her future husband.
“I am not afraid. I have almost ventured into marriage some time ago, when I was quite younger and it didn’t work out. I have been so scared, I don’t want to fail my God, children or husband and yes I am ready for Marriage. Being a celebrity doesn't stop me from going home to cook, then do other things that I was thought as an Igbo child. My culture requires I’m respectful to my husband and family and saying sorry when I am wrong,” the actress said.
Sharing her opinion on the alarming increase in cosmetic surgeries and skin enhancement, the actress said she personally thinks it has a lot to do with the self-esteem of those who go for the beauty procedures.
“I think it’s low self-esteem. I don’t have any issue with it because it’s a personal issue. I respect every person who chooses to do so but personally I feel it starts from low self-esteem. I have an awkward front teeth dentition and growing up I have always felt low. If tomorrow I arrange it that means, I feel less confident in my self.”
Speaking about the one time she almost dumped acting, Ifemeludike said she was moved to make the decision because what she was earning wasn’t matching up with what she had to spend.
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"You know when you are doing a job and you see the earnings it’s not matching with your expenditures, it becomes frustrating. How can the work you put energy, time, passion not pay you enough to take care of yourself?
"For the past 3 years I have been asking myself if had devoted this energy, time, resources in the banking sector, would I not be Manager of a branch by now?”
The actress also pointed out how so many colleagues in the industry own luxury cars and she can only help but wonder when she would also own one.
"I see lots of Girls buying Big cars, I don’t know how they are able to buy them. I haven’t been able to buy any of such luxurious cars. I have told myself that one day I would ask somebody because the cars I see online are just so intimidating; Range Rover, Benz and the likes. Some times I sit and ask if it’s my village people that are behind my slow progress. I'm a very strong spiritual person. I’m not religious but then I put my head down. I would get there it’s the reassurance that keeps me going"
Some months ago, Legit.ng reported that the actress shared her thoughts concerning the attitude towards filmmaking in Nollywood.
Ifemeludike questioned why producers were repeatedly using one location to shoot numerous movies. She advised that the movie industry should stop focusing on quantity and invest in quality in order to maintain relevance.