What’s your definition of sexual harassment? Well Nollywood actress and Iroko TV Boss, Mary Remmy Njoku is asking following her recent experience on a movie set.
According to the Mary Remmy Njoku, her recent post was inspired by an exchange between a prominent male movie producer and a female movie producer which she witnessed. She wrote;
Dear #instafam I need your help. Again. What is the Nigerian definition of sexual harassment? I was standing with a female producer who was wearing a leggings with a carmel toe. and a Very prominent male producer Walked past and said I dey see your Virgina (in pidgin) if I hol am en, I go F…. am tire. 😮😮On the streets of Lagos! I was deeply offended. I wanted to say something but the Lady just said ‘no mind am the man sabi talk rubbish’ and she immediately changed the topic like nothing happened. I couldn’t cry more than the bereaved. But I am really sad. Biko isn’t this sexual harassment? Doesn’t she know? Or its just accepted.
From many interviews with actresses in Nollywood, it is obvious sexual harassment is as normal as the next script. In fact, no interview with a Nollywood actress is complete without the cliche question, “Have you ever been sexually harassed in the industry?”
And more often than not, the answer is always “yes”. Of course Nigerians are not as outspoken as the Americans, that is why many Weinsteins in Nollywood are walking away with their heads held high.
A number of actresses, particularly, the upcoming ones have on several occasions come out to blatantly state that they had experienced sexual harassment in one form or another. Though no one has been brave enough to point a finger at anyone. The only actress who has come close to blowing the whistle on alleged randy producer is Kannywood Rahama Sadau who accused Adam Zango of alleged sexual advances.
Sadau accused Mr. Zango of booting her off his yet-to-be-shot movie, Duniya Makaranta, for refusing his alleged sexual advances. Mr Zango publicly apologised to the actress. Actress Annabel Zwyndila once recounted her non-consensual sexual ordeal in the hands of a producer too.