The Nigerian actor and activist Yomi Fabiyi has reacted to actress Jaiye Kuti’s post against some of their colleagues seeking financial support on social media.
Naijahits reports that Jaiye Kuti, in a viral video on Instagram, condemned the recent trend of veteran Yoruba actors soliciting car gifts and financial support online.
She said the older colleagues should take responsibility for their present predicament following the careless financial choices they might have made when they were still active in the industry. She attributed their plight to their failure to prepare for their future.
Warning them in the video, she said: “All the actors coming to beg online should stop giving us bad names. This job doesn’t have a pension, so you need to prepare for the future. I’m already preparing for my future.”
Reacting to this, Fabiyi explained in a post on Instagram that the majority of the veterans seeking support had been exploited in the past, and the recent trend should not bother anyone.
He wrote: “If anybody needs help and indeed comes public with his or her brand, name, and face only, I don’t see why it should bother anyone. If you cannot find the means to recover all these veterans’ losses via piracy and exploitation by capitalists, then let them breathe. We, the new millennium actors, are a little luckier, but not better. We must learn to respect people’s decisions, choices, and actions. All man for himself. Comparison is proof of nothing.
“No matter how uncomfortable and displeased you are with someone else’s decisions or actions, if it is not against the law and falls within the person’s rights, it is an outright act of arrogance, a crime, and grandeur of delusion to attempt to rubbish such person. Caveat! I hate pretence, arrogance, and fake lives.”