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Tulip Allegations: Genevieve Nnaji Responds

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIE STARS' started by olofofogal, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    According to the rumour making the rounds,actress genevieve nnaji was reportedly fired from a movie set'Tulip'after being paid over a hundred thousand dollars to star in it.the rumour making the round indicate that the actress made herself unavailable to the producers and then was rude when she was eventually contacted thus leading to her bring'fired'from the set.this is the story being pedalled all over the internet.
    ''Genevieve's pay for the role was a whopping $110,00 US dollars. Not long did Miss Genevieve Nnaji begin making obscene demands including a request to fly to the US with her assistant. Well the American producers complied with much anger from Ghana's finest actress Akofa. Reports also indicates that Genevieve's demands got out of hand so much that she had to be fired. This apparently led to insults on the American producers by Genevieve. For two months after she was booked she just wouldn't return or answer their calls, when they expressed concern, thats when Gevevieve took it upon herself to bash/insult them. Production has now slowed due to the fact that they have to find another actress to replace Genevieve. The informer said that some Nigerian directors have succeeded in convincing the American producers not to sue Genevieve and for the sake of the movie, they have also let go. ''we(we here refers to encomium mag cos this will be out in the new week in the magazine) contacted genevieve to hear her own side of the story and this is her response to our questions.

    1..what is this 'tulip'story being circulated . what actually happened?

    we hear you made demands to take your P.A with you amongst other demands

    ......a Ghanian LADY called Leila Djansi living in America set up company and decideD to shoot a movie.she Approached me and I told her to send the script.she did and I liked the role.i told her I would be interested based on contract negotiations and rest of cast.she got back to me and i was Informed that i would be acting alongside Kimberly Elise and some up and coming Ghanaian actors. I made no demands whatsoever. I was told that a Ghanaian would be my P.A while shooting in some village in Ghana and I said no, I already had one and I would even be willing to pay her ticket to Ghana but I will not use a stranger. There was no trip to America mentioned until allegedly October so I could never have demanded to take my P.A along although I want to state that if I felt like it, I would have requested it. Afterall, when we bring foreign acts over here we allow them to come with nutritionist, P.A and whoever else they choose to bring. So, this is the first lie, "demands" were not the problem. I was asked to forward recent pictures for their promo campaign, measurement details and address to send contract to in Nigeria so I could read and give final approval. I did both those things. What did I get in return?Leila Djansi who is the so called producer of this movie,began stalking me with phone calls about how Ghanians are angry she hired a Nigerian actress. How people were telling her I am a snob and so on. Discussions were had and we concluded this is normal ,that there will always be haters and I am used to it, but I am professional so I was not interested in idle gossip, I wanted to see the contract and the final script because she said they were changing it around to enlarge a role for Van Vicker whom she said had called her to beg for a role in the movie even though she didnt think he could act.she said Ghanians were piling pressure on her to have a Ghanian star in the movie. ..

    ..2 were you fired from this movie or you left of your own free will?

    i lost interest because she now seemed like the regular African in the Diaspora who wanted to shoot a movie and some of them even approach without a script and think just because they are based in the States, Nigerian acts should jump up and kiss ass.Leila started hounding me with calls. I was working on set one day and when I came off, I had 22 missed calls from her within an hour. I was tired of talking to someone who wanted to trade gossip and be my "friend" rather than talk about the movie or the contract which she still hadn't sent via post. I had been through this many times and even shot a movie with one of such unprofesional people who were unable to distinguish between business and pleasure and lack any atom of professionalism. I do not work like that and i didnt want that to repeat itself.


    3..so what did you do?..
    ..I stopped taking her calls and insisted that we communicate via email until she had sent the final script. She also sent me an sms stating she was changing dates because she was finishing another production. I replied that they should inform me with enough time and forward all other informations to my email box and the contract through the address I had given her. This was not good enough for her. She insisted on speaking with me on the phone and when I refused,she lost it and things degenerated to where they are now.She then, sent an email claiming she needed convincing so she could convince her commitee. I told her that she had sent me an email stating categorically that I was being hired because and I quote, "Unlike other african actors, you are natural" so if she is not convinced because I had stopped taking her calls, she should find another actress. By this time, I had sensed that this was not a credible path for me to follow.


    4..what happened next?what about the money you were paid?.
    ...This led to Leila insulting me, nollywood, nigeria, ghanawood and everyone and anyone.she told me How she is going to own 40% of Nollywood having been financed by a Nigerian bank,How she has witnesses she will roll out to show that Genevieve has a bad reputation, How she is severing the contract and all that but There was no contract. How can you terminate a contract that did not exist in the first place? She never paid me 1kobo let alone 1 dollar so where is the consideration that makes a contract?
    She said derogatory things and I quote.."A bit of advice, nobody, in Hollywood gives a damn about your Nigerian or
    Ghanaian film industry, you are the only people who glory in your inferior work. You really think someone here will sit through an hour and half of pure torture of the same freaky music playing over the movie and the screaming,and the tantrums? you really think I want anyone here to think Africans are crazy?"thats what she told me.
    There are so many other derogatory things she said that led me to believe I was not dealing with a professional. Look, if Hollywood ever wants to acknowledge Nigerian actors, they know where to find us just like they found the Bollywood stars. In the mean time, as I have said for years, I am not desperate for Hollywood. I am an actress, I want to act in the best stories and in the best produced movies with thorough professionals. If a true Hollywood studio offers me a movie, they will approach as the true professionals they are and I will respond as I always have, like a professional...but if fans based in America, choose to shoot a movie and think because they are based in America I should abandon all my work ethics and policies that have kept me where I am for over 10 years and will continue to keep me at the top of my profession, then they must be deluded and I told Ms Djansi that along with informing her that Nollywood is african made and we are proud and if we had half the resources or time that hollywood actors have, we would be just as good if not better. That is my opinion. ( I have no problem working with independents. In fact I love it, but they must be genuine)

    5..but arent they threatening to sue you ?.

    ..I have been waiting for this court case she threatened because I made sure she was aware she had no case but she clearly needs my attention and I told her to move on with her life but if she wants to go to court, I am ready. Now, she is involving herself in internet propaganda. which I find laughable. No official of the AGN has contacted me and why would they because of rumours on the internet? Genevieve has been in this business too long to be worried about such things. Like I told leila, many have come and tried and they have failed. My career in the name of God will continue to soar and there is nothing she and her fellow idle minds can do about it.
    i am an actress. If you want me in your movie, you approach me. If I like your script and other things fall into place such as fee, my fellow cast etc etc, we have a deal. I am an actress,. The story drives me. My character drives me. I don't care if we are shooting in Enugu or Switzerland. I don't know if other Nigerian acts allow these people abroad to get away with disrespectful and shoddy approaches but I have worked too hard to not be afforded the same respect they would afford the hollywood actresses. I did not beg for a role in her movie. She approached me, so I don't know why she expected me to treat her like someone coming to save nollywood from mediocrity. many like her have come and said the same, now they do nothing but reside here begging for actresses to manage and spreading rumours about actresses and actors that they can not afford and are way above anything they can ever do

    6..there is always one rumour or the other attached to the name genevieve nnaji.why is this?
    ...This will not be the 1st or last rumour about me. It is a hazard of the occupation. those who want to eat and sleep with it for however long are welcome to it. I on the other hand, am busy doing what I love best, acting, being creative and living my life, and thats what no one can take away from me!

    BY:STELLA DIMOKO-KORKUS
     
  2. Angela81

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    hei!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Poor woman, poor Leila dujansi.
    I do not believe this one minute!!!!! Genevieve was fired off the shoot, a severance letter was issued to her. She was NOT returning phone calls, and was not making herself available.
    This information is not from Genevieve, it is from Debora/Allegra Callis, becuase the email AKofa emailed me was from Allegra Callis and it is saying the same things that olof has posted.

    Olofo, you spoke to to Deborah and she emailed you this, tell the truth. you did not get this from Genevieve did you?

    I am on the phone with AKofa this minute, damn!!! Olof, ask Deborah is he was not the one that asked the woman how Ghana people especially AKofa were reacting to Genevieves hire? and the woman told you don't worry their jealous? shame shame shame.

    If Genevieve lost interest, why did she not just QUIT officially? even if the woman is JUST an African in the diaspora who wants to make a film, are you better than her? for shame!! for shame!!

    here is what I got from AKofa Asiedu below.
     
  3. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    abeg u like too much trouble,i wonder what ur own in this isuue is1...i spoke with genny and this is her response.how come u know so much about this allegra when u just joined nr?
    if u hve issues with this pple or if u r the one sef,go and find them and iron it out with them,i hve done my job which is to relay info.there was an allegation and i have brought her response.hoha!

    now stop hating and get off the internet and let pple who can see well read.


    u call me olof like u know me!!!...hmmmmmmmm something bout u is not just right beleive me!
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  4. Angela81

    Angela81 Well-Known Member

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    been asked to take it down
     
  5. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    who the heck is deborah?that sure isnt allegras real name.u are just assuming it is her,should i assume that there is more to you than you say you are?

    u just come internet carry genevieve matter for head like crayfish wen market woman wan go sell for onitsha main market.it is scary the way u r going with this really?
    ah ah....i mean the other ''haters''i understand them bad belle but ur own has got to be the real Mccoy!

    chai!..is it this bad?na wah oh!
     
  6. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    i tried to not comment on this thread, only read, but i gotta say this, if you must post emails, post the whole string of emails...the rude emails from ms nnaji's people and the response from the film people's sides.

    thanks as i await the posting of the emails.
     
  7. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    sola na who beg you to help me change the title na?















    ~em thats actually what i had in mind,thanks~
     
  8. ddizzle

    ddizzle Aunty!

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    ha ha ha

    na dis report we dey wait for? nonsense abeg I believe the producers jo! she was nt the first choice so why all the I'm an actres demo (you have to discuss my cast with me )blah blah blah nawa o......na real humbleness be dat so na the employee dey choose fellow staff members? .thanks for confirming the tori sha u try even my little cousin could read it!

    e don do for me moving on....abeg make paj and I finish our song
     
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    I was a journalist and writing captions before you entered the game! Sue me!

    :)
     
  10. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    leave them make akofa/angela and co dey carry this campaign for head like market wares.the girl don respond to the first allegation,dem dey look for more.this is really sick,i now see that this was spread over the internet maliciuosly and this angela posting is actually directly invloved cos i dnt see why someone who is not invlvoed will spend all day on a thread involving someone else when it is not her bizness.this is really pathetic.i mean i was really thinking its not this serious till akofa/angela has come in here to try and cause more harm,nah wah oh,it cant be that bad right?
     
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    sharrap!!!! Is Debora not the one that sent the email to AKofa and the producers? is Deborah not Allegra Callis? is Deborah not the one that spoke to the producer? Genevieve spoke this woman 2 times. Anyway, she has been alerted and we are sure she will react.
     
  12. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    lol

    my lawyer angela/akofa will get back to you in a bit!
     
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    Oh Wow!!!!!
     
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    Yeah,wow!!
     
  15. olofofogal

    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    no u shut up and stop trying to force deborah down my throat.who da heck is deborah?i dont know,i dont care okay?u wanted her response and u hve gotten it so now check ur inbox and bring out all her supposed emails to u(akofa).
    what i did was my job,ur punching mis the hazard that comes with the job.

    NTB i dont expect u to come in here and say u beleive this story but abeg take am easy,ur mind so abused with hatred for this chick.lol
     
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    Make una dey react and counter-react. My own be say na discussion, no fighting. Na hia I go sleep today o...
     
  17. Thickmadam

    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    i just want to see the emails because they will prove entertaining.
     
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    olofofogal Let d smoke carry d point

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    am i suprised?:rolleyes:
     
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    Thickmadam OHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHH!!

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    lol.
     
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    :roll You will? :roll
     
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