By Adedayo Odulaja
‘We served this country and helped to build the entertainment sector that a lot of people are benefiting from today, but there is nothing for people like me to show for it. Photo: Movietainment
Having given his life to the promotion of the arts, one would think veteran Nollywood actor, Lari Williams should be able to afford some comfort in his old age. Sadly, that is not the case.
At a time the case of Majek Fashek, another hugely talented Nigerian dominates the space, it is disheartening to learn that another popular Nigerian entertainer is having to beg for food, shelter and care.The apparently dejected actor has called on philanthropists and well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aid as he is not just homeless but also going blind now.
While shutting down rumours that he was given a two-bedroom flat by the Federal Government in a recent interview, the actor said: ‘I have heard people say that the Lagos State or the Federal Government had given me a two-bedroom flat somewhere, it is all lies.’
His lamentation that creative persons who have served diligently for several years should not be begging in their old age is not only tear-inducing but also a sad reflection of the Nigerian entertainment setting.
‘We served this country and helped to build the entertainment sector that a lot of people are benefiting from today, but there is nothing for people like me to show for it.
‘Most of us are left unsung because of the kind of structure that is being run; we should be having benefits like the civil servants. In other climes, artists live on government subventions and are structured in such a way that they earn from their creative works.’
The recipient of the MFR mentioned the names of two recently deceased but hugely popular peers who …Read More
Source:: The NET