Actress and filmmaker, Amanda Ebeye, has said she is not one of the entertainers who flaunt wealth on social media. The role interpreter, in an encounter with Saturday Beats, noted that though social media was a blessing, it could also be a curse.
She said, “I don’t believe in flaunting wealth. This is as a result of my upbringing and belief system. There are many young people on social media who are influenced by what they see. We that are older and admired (should) stand as teachers to them. Whatever they see out there is what they would copy. Before I take any action, I ask myself, would I want my child to do this? Inasmuch as social media is a blessing, it could also be a curse for many people. This was portrayed in my television series, ‘It’s a Crazy World’. People do all sorts to get ‘likes’ on social media. If you have a beautiful house, I don’t believe you necessarily have to post it on social media. Nigerians have become a lot more vain than what obtained when I was growing up.”
Asked which pays her better between being a filmmaker and an actress, she said, “Being a filmmaker pays one more than being an actor because if one is a filmmaker, one is the one employing people. Also, one would ultimately reap the benefits from the project. So, being a filmmaker pays more than being just an actor.”
On if she believes Nollywood is financially rewarding, she said, “I do not agree that Nollywood is not lucrative. One needs to understand the way Nollywood works in order to thrive (in it). For example, if one is an artiste and don’t incorporate one’s native language into one’s song, it would not do well. One needs to know the ingredients that would make one’s project viable. Nollywood is lucrative, though I am just getting a grasp of it myself. If one creates projects that suit the people, one would succeed in Nollywood, though it’s a very competitive industry.”