Nollywood veteran actor, Femi Durojaiye has explained his reason for charging aspiring actors for his Project 100 programme.
AllNews Nigeria learnt Durojaiye said the N35,000 he charged fee is a means of crowdfunding movie projects in which subscribers will be part of, adding that the Project 100 was designed to expose actors to the commercial value of their arts.
He further stated that contrary to a claim by actress Kemi Lala Akindoju, the project was certified by the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) due to its genuineness.
“As a matter of fact, our subscribers started with a formal class training on Production. And I’m happy to say that many of those who attended the training are still with us till today. They even took part in our first Movie project this year.
“Because of the genuineness of the project, which we designed to train talents and expose them to how to gain commercial success, Project 100 was formally copyrighted by the Nigerian Copyright Commission,” he added.
Recall that over the weekend, Akindoju called out Durojaiye, accusing the latter of exploiting actors for film roles.
In a tweet, she referred to the veteran thespian as “a certain Femi Durojaiye”, saying his action was fraudulent.
A certain Mr Femi Durojaiye is running a promo for young/new actors to pay N35,000 to secure them roles in films. It is not a training or academy. Actors please don’t fall for this. Nobody should collect money from you in exchange for a role. It is robbery and it wrong. RUN!!!— Kemi Lala Akindoju (@lalaakindoju) February 5, 2021
Expressing his disappointment at the way Akindoju addressed him and aired her message, Durojaiye said the former’s post was a complete show of shame, adding that he was disappointed.
While maintaining that Nollywood is an industry in which players respect each other, the veteran actor noted that Akindoju displayed unruly behavior.
His words: “I felt so disrespected. I didn’t even know this girl from anywhere, I’ve never heard about her. People like me only go to social media for purpose, and as such all these young celebrities, a lot of us don’t know them.
“So when I saw what she wrote that one certain Femi Durojaiye, I felt deeply offended that such is coming from a girl that her parents are probably my fans. This girl that grew up watching me on TV; she was probably in nursery school when I started my acting career, referred to me as a certain Femi Durojaiye. She lacks home training.
“Of course, I replied her on her Twitter account …that in our industry, people respect each other. Her post is a complete show of lack of respect and I’m disappointed. It’s okay for her to disagree, but there should be proper decorum. This was a girl that didn’t even reach out to me and be like ‘Egborn (sic), I understand you are doing this, what is going on?’ At least, you must know your subject matter, the one you want to criticize. She had no idea of what I was doing.”