Popular actor, Aremu Afolayan has said most
actors that live flamboyant life do not make their
money through the craft.
This is coming at a time when Pascal Atuma said
you have to be a prostitute to make it in the
Afolayan speaking with Punch said most actors
driving big cars most likely got their money from
influential people and other means.
He said, “By the way, I live my life, people tend
to think that I am the richest Yoruba actor, but that
is a lie. Nigerians assume a lot. I live in a rented
apartment because I cannot afford to build one.
When they see me buy a new car, they don’t know
if I paid for the car in instalments; instead they
call me a big boy. What type of big boy lives on
N50,000 or N100,000 income per film as an
actor? I challenge any Nigerian actor that is living
larger than life to state how they made their
money because I am sure it is not from the
movies they make.
“I am talking about both the English and Yoruba
actors. If they like, they can say they make N5m
per film, they cannot afford to build or buy a
house at Lekki or Victoria Island or Ikoyi. It is
impossible. They should call out mathematicians
to figure it out. It is a lie. It is because they meet
some influential people that give them businesses
or they have side businesses.
“Since we do not all meet such people or make
the kind of money they make through these
people, we just have to be content with what we
have. In my life, I have never seen an ‘educated
illiterate’ country like Nigeria. Nigerians are very
gullible when it comes to judging other people’s
lifestyle since they do not know anything, they
assume. Then social media came and it made
Speaking further, Afolayan addressed reports
making the rounds that he was gay after a picture
of him pecking a man surfaced online.
“I went to a store with a friend to pick up a
wristwatch I had been paying for in instalments.
My friend was taking pictures when I told him that
we should cause trouble on social media with a
picture of me pecking him.
“When I posted the picture, it went viral within 15
minutes. In fact, we were still in the store when
the picture went viral. I was shocked that
Nigerians would even conceive the idea that I am
gay because I love women.
“Anybody can be gay and I mean no disrespect to
them but as for me, the picture was just done for
publicity stunt. I never knew it would go viral that
“People call me a gigolo; how come I do not have
money? I know a lot of people that are gigolos
and they are doing fine. If they say I am an actor
and gigolo, why would I have to sell a car in order
to afford another car? I do not have to convince
anyone; when I know that at the end of the day, I
would not waste my time convincing you about
anything. You can think about anything you like
but I am not here to convince anyone,” Afolayan