Elvina Ibru, an actress, has revealed that her late father, a billionaire businessman, was concerned about her becoming an actress.
When asked if she had ever been viewed as irresponsible because of her job as an actress, Ibru replied, “Yes. It did not, however, come from strangers, but from some of my family members, particularly my father. But I wouldn’t use the word “irresponsible”; rather, he thought I was taking too many risks as a result of my acting career.”
Ibru also stated that she thought Nollywood was doing well despite the numerous challenges. “I will say we are doing reasonably well, given all the challenges we have had to deal with over the years,” she said. However, we are making rapid progress. If you look at the history of Bollywood (India) and Hollywood (United States of America), you will notice that both have been around for more than a century. I believe the world should not expect us to be as great as them after only about 40 years. However, I would like to hear more of my own stories told.”
She expressed her displeasure with how difficult it is for filmmakers to recoup their investment when a film is released in the country, saying, “It is difficult to recoup one’s investment when one releases a film in this country.” Furthermore, the amount of money that some global streaming platforms pay Nigerian filmmakers is peanuts in comparison to what they pay people in America and Europe.”