Popular Nigeria Nollywood actress, Ini Edo, has expressed concerns over the rate at which men of nowadays jump from one relationship to another for financial gains.
According to the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Culture and Tourism, while young girls engage in one trade or the other for survival, some men move from one woman to the other for money. Hear her: “Men of these days are not what they used to be. But the issues are not addressed. Nobody is talking about it. That’s why Uche Jombo and I took that up and made it the theme of our new movie.
“Ironically, prostitution has reduced drastically. Young girls now go into different kinds of small-scale businesses like makeup, hairdressing, and creams making. They now hustle more to make a living but I can’t say the same thing for men. I’m sorry but that’s the truth. For some men, their job is to move around from one woman to another for money. It’s like a full-time job for them and nobody is addressing the issue. Don’t get me wrong, not all men do it, but some of them.”
When asked why she does more of production than acting these days, the dark skinned diva said: “I’m one of the first actors who started film production in Nigeria and also one of the first to take their movies to cinemas. If you can remember ‘I’ll Take My Chances’, I did it with Emem Isong. The movie gave birth to a new actor, Bryan Okwara. It’s my way of giving back to the industry. I had to tilt towards the production of movies to effect the changes I had always wanted to see in the industry. I’m glad I was part of the huge changes we are experiencing now. Another film, ‘Knocking On Heavens Door’, I made sure we used new faces in it. That was how Adesua Etomi and Blossom Chukwujekwu came into acting.
“Aside that, If I am passionate about a story, I don’t mind the money being paid, I’ll go for the job. I’m not particular about money but the story or lessons behind the film.”
Meanwhile, the collaborative effort of Ini Edo and Uche Jombo, ‘Heaven On My Mind’ will hit cinemas across the nation on December 7, 2018. The highly anticipated movie, which began pre-production in late 2017 and finished filming in March 2018, is the first collaboration between the two talented actors as co-producers.
Speaking about the film, which is her directorial debut, Jombo said: “For me, directing this movie is a huge mark in my books and I really appreciate everyone who had faith in me. Heaven On My Mind will make a huge difference.” The movie features talented actors like Mercy Aigbe, Ray Emordi, Andrea Chika Chukwu, Femi Adebayo, Adunni Ade, Eric Ogbonna, Yvonne Nwosu and the co-producers themselves.