Please what is your definition of traveling out?
It means going to a Country outside Africa, abi? Or what is the point of saying you traveled out of country and went to Kenya? Abeg, Kenya is in Africa, you did not travel out. You traveled around.
There is a difference between traveling out and traveling around.
So that is how this Actress turned Producer came o and said she wanted to shoot her first film and that she wanted us to travel out to shoot it. I was very happy. I was not only going to be getting a correct role; I was going to be shooting outside Nigeria.
I started to create hashtags; #AboutToGoShootOutsideTheContinent #YourGirlIsWorking #WorkWorkWorkWork #YallWouldLoveThis.
You may wonder if I had gotten the script before I started all the hashtags. I hadn’t. I didn’t even know what the movie was about but abeg, I was going to be acting a real role outside the continent and that was all that mattered.
That is how we ended up in Cotonou o. I don’t have a problem with Cotonou, I just have a problem with ending there when I was supposed to be somewhere else.
Anyway, I asked this Actress that Madam, I thought you said we were traveling out? She said, ehn is this inside your Country? Have you ever been here? Is this not you traveling out?
I kept quiet. Shebi it is to act, take selfies for Instagram and go home. But alas, it was not just to act and go home.
You see, at this point, I think it is either my Ancestors don’t want me to make it or the Universe wants me to choose between being a Star or a Sun.
Let me explain; being a Star means, well, being a celebrity and all that. And, being a Sun is never being able to shine through this business but, possessing hotness. Hotness that may not guarantee you stardom but if you work hard with it, will give you guaranteed future. NB: this usually means you people have to hide your rich fathers and grandfathers and I am going to spend the rest of my life proving to no one in particular that I am not a sugar baby with hashtags like #HatersGonHate #ThankYouJesusForTheseGifts #GodIsTheOnlyDaddyWhoGivesMeSugar #IAmNotAHoe #TeamNaturalSkinColor under the photo of a pair of shoes or bags or clothes or a selfie in front of a bathroom mirror in a five star hotel, which I did not have to post.
Anyway, back to the matter. I acted o, we wrapped shoot and as we were getting set to turn up on the last night of shoot, they came and carried us.
Who is they? The Police. Why they came and carried us? Our Actress turned Producer had come here to shoot because she scammed somebody and ran here to shoot.
How they found us? I had posted a selfie with her in the background that went viral and the man she scammed saw it and found us.
Will I find a job after this? I am not sure.
So I am really beginning to think that maybe I am a Sun… not a Star.