Lebanese, Ghanaian and Liberian descent actress, Juliet Ibrahim has corroborated claims by Veteran Actor Kofi Adjorlolo that some Ghanaian producers are indebted to actors and actresses they featured in their movies.
It would be recalled that
Mr Adjorlolo who is a producer himself lamented on how some actors and
actresses were living broke lifestyles when they have been featured in movies
but producers have partially paid them or not at all.
“Some of the producers in
Ghana here, they should respect themselves…old man like me, they call me to
come and work and they can’t pay me…”
“About seven producers in this country owe me monies…why? And
then I’m sitting at home, I’m hungry, and then when I’m sick too nobody pays
attention…Look we have elderly people lying down on their sickbeds and these
producers owe them. Actors in Ghana here know what I’m talking about, these
producers don’t pay!”
But in reaction to his
comments, Elikem Kumordzie told him to rather get a day job for
himself and use the amount he accrues from acting to augment that.
The comment did not
however go down well with Juliet Ibrahim who responded to Elikem on one of her
social media handles.
“So you’re saying an actor should stop acting if that’s the only job an actor knows best???! What if u were asked to stop tailoring and find another day job how would you feel my brother? Acting is a full-time job that pays people’s bills all over the world. An actor shouldn’t have to find another job if the proper structures are in place in his country movie industry. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Ghana. Hence your advise should be; actors please find other jobs to do while acting because producers don’t value the worth of actors in Ghana yet; so till then, actors should have other means and sources of income.”
“God help us all in this industry. But until a producer owes u money you well deserve; u won’t be here saying this at all. Till date, some Gh producers haven’t paid people’s balance or Full acting fee or crew members fees and it’s not a joking matter! Let’s stop mocking our own and get serious so that we the actors and industry can also be taken serious.”