BY ESE DIBEBI
Veteran Nollywood actor, Dejumo Lewis, has told Punch that contrary to what many might believe, he is actually a poorly paid actor who cannot afford to pay his staff.
Lewis is quoted as saying, “I must admit that I have not been rich. I am the poorest paid actor even though people call me a legend or an icon. My pensions were not paid at a time even though it is stipend. You would be shocked how much I receive as pension. ‘I had to struggle to pay my rent and my staff… I owe two of my staff more than three months salary.”
The actor continued, “I must tell you that I have been living on charity and that is why I have not been able to publish my book or run my publishing company. It has been very rough and tough but because of my focus on what I am doing which would be of great benefit to Nigeria, I have been coping until things become better. I must admit that I am broke.”
Dejumo Lewis, whose acting career has stretched beyond two decades, recently starred in Steve Gukas‘ A Place in the Stars, a movie which preaches against fake and expired drugs.