NOLLYWOOD NEWS: Upcoming, Young and Talented Nollywood Actor Samuel Robinson is complaining of unfair treatment from Producers. He says young actors in Nigeria are treated unfairly by producers and directors, ranging from sexual harassment, unfair and unequal wages and the likes. The young actor also exposed Chioma Onyenwe for not paying him after working on one of her productions.
Samuel Robinson, a model cum actor whose role as Akin Bello in Ebony Life TV’s Desperate Housewives of Africa and the soap opera, Tinsel, brought him to limelight; is not happy with the way young actors in Nigeria are treated by Nollywood filmmakers.
He recalled how he featured in a certain movie produced by one Chioma Onyenwe and how she allegedly refused to pay him what was meant for the job. He claimed that Chioma sidelined him and cut him off communication with her after the movie was successfully produced.
In a recent DAILY POST interview, the young actor had the following to say;
“It is no new story that young actors in Nigeria are treated unfairly by producers, Directors etc. It varies from Sexual Harassment, unfair and unequal wages to not even being credited for a movie or TV series.”
Narrating the injustice that was done to him, Robinson said;
“A couple of years back whist just beginning my Acting career, I auditioned and was cast to play Young Victor In a movie titled 8 Bars & A Clef. I was excited. Though the money wasn’t anything to write home about I saw it as an amazing opportunity for me to learn and gain more acting experience.”
It seemed like a privilege to work with Actors such as Kehinde Bankole, Bimbo Akintola, Wale Ojo, and Linda Ejiofor While filming the movie, I twisted my ankle performing an intense scene and was incapacitated for a few days.
It was a very intense project and I literally sweat, bled and cried for this movie. We completed filming and I went home. Almost three years later, I was contacted by the producer Chioma Onyenwe. She informed me that she would like to shoot some extra scenes for the movie.
She had screened it before an audience and she said they felt disconnect from my character’s transcendence into an older version of me played by IBK Spaceshipboi.
She asked if was available and I told her that I was at the time in Calabar filming a project for EbonyLife TV called The Governor. She asked when I would be back so we set the dates.
Chioma and I were friends at the time so I didn’t think it was necessary to give her a contract (she never extended one to me) for the agreed sum that I would be paid for that day.
We had a verbal agreement that would be paid a particular sum on that day. The day came, it was intense and gruelling I had to carry cement, shovel gravel, walk half naked and sell DVDs’ in the hot sun.
Watch the movie and you’ll see these scenes. We wrapped shoot and I went to Chioma to as for my money so I could head home. She said she didn’t have it. As she was my friend and all, I didn’t push it. A month later, I needed money urgently and remembered that I still hadn’t been paid for by Chioma.
I sent her a message asking to be paid. She replied that she still didn’t have it and I replied saying that it had been a month and she told me she was tired and she would send it when she had it then she blocked me on whatsapp where I was messaging her. It took me emailing her and copying her Dad’s company, her mum and her brother for Chioma to pay me.
I called her a few months later to ask for footage for my show reel as some international agents were requesting for it. She told me and I quote “samuel don’t call me, don’t correspond with me” then she blocked my calls.”
Samuel Robinson continues narrating the injustice done to him by Chioma Onyewe:
“Chioma began publicizing her movie ad didn’t inform me a major cast in the movie. She put up publicity items without mentioning my name or tagging me in them. She scrapped my name from the cast list. She set dates for the movie premiere without informing me or inviting me.”
“I felt a need to share this to shed light on the injustices young actors face n this country. Was I wrong to demand money I worked for log after it was overdue? It is not all rainbows and sunshine in the entertainment industry. And the young actors out there need a voice,” Robinson added.
Do you think the young actor should drag Chioma Onyewe to court for injustice and for not paying him, or do you think he should let go and learn from his mistake? What advice do you have for the young actor Samuel Robinson, and what words do you have for the alleged shady filmmaker Chioma Onyewe?
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