Actress Tonto Dikeh has bragged that she got into the Nigerian movie industry without auditions because she was good.
She made the claims while commenting on the sex-for-roles menace.
She said: “It’ is very rampant in the industry. I always say my situation was different because the industry actually needed me. We didn’t have many leading actresses then, apart from me and Mercy Johnson. I won’t say I was rude; I would rather say I was principled, so they couldn’t bring such offers to me.
I never went for auditions because they knew I was so good. I probably went for auditions once or twice, when they asked me to come and just show my face. It was different for me. I think the new generation of actors needs to work on themselves. There are a lot of people who can act but there are a few people who can act exceptionally.”
Most producers have been accused of pestering actresses with sex before giving them leading roles in movies. But Dikeh has jumped to their defence.
“We keep blaming these men but sometimes, the women actually offer themselves. I know of a producer in Asaba (Delta State) who used to receive over 5,000 messages from young ladies. He was one of the people who helped me in the industry.”