Movie pro­ducer chal­lenges Ozok­wor on Nol­ly­wood al­le­ga­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

A movie pro­ducer, Des­mond Utomwen, has chal­lenged pop­u­lar Nol­ly­wood ac­tress, Pa­tience Ozok­wor, to name the pro­duc­ers accused of demanding sex from young fe­male ac­tresses be­fore giv­ing them roles in movies.

Utomwen, who spoke to news­men in Abuja, main­tained that it was per­ti­nent for any­one with ver­i­fi­able in­for­ma­tion on the sex al­le­ga­tions in Nol­ly­wood to make the in­for­ma­tion pub­lic and help en­sure san­ity in the Nige­rian movie in­dus­try.

Ozok­wor had in an in­ter­view accused movie pro­duc­ers of sex­u­ally abus­ing young girls.

“Things are not work­ing the way they ought to be­cause pro­duc­ers are mess­ing up. Some go as far as sleep­ing with young girls be­fore giv­ing them roles,” the vet­eran ac­tress had said.

How­ever, Utomwen, who re­cently added the much cel­e­brated short film, “Shared”, to the list of his works, main­tained that such an al­le­ga­tion put the in­tegrity of all pro­duc­ers in the coun­try to ques­tion.

“If it is true that the re­spected ac­tress made such a state­ment, I think the least she can do now is to sub­stan­ti­ate same. I don’t sub­scribe to wild al­le­ga­tions. While I am not de­fend­ing the sup­posed ‘un­scrupu­lous pro­duc­ers’ should there be any, I be­lieve the al­le­ga­tions by Ozok­wor, if sub­stan­ti­ated will help the sani­ti­sa­tion process of the Nige­rian movie in­dus­try,” he said.

From left: Wife of the Speaker, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mrs. Gim­biya Dog­ara receives her Na­tional Iden­tity Card from Gen­eral Man­ager Le­gal Ser­vices, Na­tional Iden­tity Management Com­mis­sion Sec­re­tary, Hadiza Ali Daga­bana in Abuja.

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