Veteran Nigerian actress, Joke Silva revealed during an interview with popular public figure, Chude Jideonwo how she felt after being blacklisted by marketers and producers in the Nigerian film industry. The interview which was shared by Chude himself on the 20th of November contained detailed information on the actress career.
According to her, she did a movie with her husband years ago when marketers still got really involved in movies. Then, a marketer came to their then house at ikeja with money to get them to feature in a movie which was already in progress. They accepted and started shooting with the then popular director, Fred Amata. Things went smoothly until one day when they had to wait for the lead actress at the movie scene for more than 9 hours.
When the director finally showed up with the lead actress, Joke Silva revealed that she gave the director, two extra days to wrap up their role as she had only be contracted for two weeks. The director agreed obviously not believing her words. After the said two days, she didn't show up for the last scene which seemed to be the most crucial part of the movie.
This resulted to her being blacklisted for a while even though it was not officially announced. According to her, she didnt "give a fuck" as she was not shaken by the industry's move.
In her words..
"Years ago, we did this film and the producer, you know at that time, that was the time when all the marketers were getting involved in movies. And this marketer came to our house, we were living in Ikeja at the time, brought money for myself and my husband to come on this movie that they had already started shooting and they wanted us to play the parents of the star of the film.
We said 'okay, why not' and the money was right there so 'okay, let's go'. Then we started shooting. It was Fred Amata who directed at the time. We started shooting and things were going a bit rocky until one day we were waiting for the lead actress. We got on location, they told us we had to be on location by 8 in the morning and we got on location on time. We were never late. Got dressed. And we were waiting and waiting. And waiting till 4 in the afternoon.
When the marketer then brought the star along with them to location, I turned around and I looked at Fred and I said "Fred, I am contracted to work with you for two weeks, I will give you two extra days on those two weeks cuz I know what location can be like. After those two days, if we don't finish, I am walking".
Fred said, 'I totally understand' but am sure he didn't believe I would do it. When those two days were up, we still had one scene and it was supposed to be very crucial scene in the film. I didn't show up o! I didn't show up.
He was a big marketer at that time and this guy couldn't believe it.(He was shouting this and that) 'get her here', I said 'get to where?Abeg'. And because of that, I was secretly blacklisted for quite a while. Mine was never announced but it was done and I really couldn't give a fuck."
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