The co-founder of Inkblot Productions, Zulumoke Oyibo, has stated that women in the entertainment industry are not given enough credit for their work despite the challenges they face.
Oyibo stressed that there is a need for women to be recognized and credited for their works at the second edition of the Inkblot Women In Film Initiative.
She said, “Women in our industry today face challenges just for being women and are not given enough accolades for their work. We need to be seen more and hyped as women in the industry.”
Moreso, the objective of the IWIF is to tackle social, ethical and professional issues surrounding women in the film industry while creating a working environment that is safe and free.
The second edition of the event had in attendance prominent women in the film industry like Beverly Naya, Yolanda Okereke, Folu Storms, Omawumi Ogbe, Joy Olos among others.
Inkblot Production produced movies like Wedding Party 1 & 2, Up North, My wife and I, among other blockbusters.
Oyibo’s call is coming a few weeks after iconic rap artiste, Ruggedman, took to social media querying why the women in the entertainment industry buy cars and build houses while the men aren’t.
Ruggedman tweeted, “My male actors in Nollywood what’s going on? It is just the females that are buying cars and building houses left and right. I wanted to come into Nollywood but at this rate, I am not coming again.”
His comment received criticism from industry stakeholders especially ace actress Toyin Abraham who in a lengthy post on her Instagram page told the rap artiste not to attribute every actress’ success to her sexual prowess.
It is important that I put this out there that many women make money and make good money legitimately. I know actresses who charge N2m, N3m, and N5m in this Nollywood. I get paid in millions of Naira for gigs. As a matter of fact, I just paid for a very good car worth millions of Naira and at the same time, I know a lot of men in Nollywood who are doing extraordinarily well and paid in millions. The fact that most of these men choose not to make noise on social media does not in any way mean that they are second class citizens in this industry.
“We need to stop attributing every woman’s success to her sexual prowess with men, women deserve the success they have as much as men without attributing it to their sexuality. Even scriptwriters that are not in the limelight are getting paid millions. It is disparaging to put the successes of these women within the box of their sexuality. A lot of women are doing great things legitimately. I am one of them and so also are many other women in other industries, not just the entertainment industry,” she said.