Women should stop dressing provocatively, Patience Ozokwor reacts to rape cases

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Veteran Nollywood actress Patience Ozokwor well-known as Mama G, has lent her voice to recent cases of sexual abuse of women in Nigeria.

The rape and murders of a 22-year-old university student, Uwavera Omozuwa, in a church sparked outrage in the past week.

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Since then, Nigerians off and on social media have organised online and offline protests in order to seek justice for the Uwa.

AtinkaNews recalls that Actress Sylvia Oluchi few days ago ago, accused veteran movie director, Lancelot Imasuen, of s3xually assaulting her, during a film shoot in 2008.

Reacting, Ozokwor, in an interview with Sunday Scoop, vehemently condemned the abuse and called for strict punishment towards actors convicted of rape.

Mama G also stressed that any Nollywood act found guilty of perpetrating such inhumane act be banned from the industry.

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Yes (they should be banned) because they cannot represent us as an industry. The guilds in the industry have disciplinary committees and they won’t allow such people to stay. There is a standard punishment that is to be meted out to anyone found guilty of such act.

“It is heartbreaking whenever I hear that things like that happen in the entertainment industry because they (entertainers) have access to whatever they want. There is no girl they desire and approach that would not follow them, even when they (girls) know that some of them are married.

Forcing a girl into (the act) is just stupid. My heart is breaking as you are telling me that it happens in the industry because I don’t go on social media anymore.” she stated.

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Handing down advice for the womenfolk, she said,

Girls should stop dressing provocatively. It seems like they can’t do without skimpy wear. That was one of the reasons I shut down my boutique because if one doesn’t sell skimpy clothes, people would not buy. However, people with good background would not do that because they know it would bring shame to their families.

Some actresses think that when they dress that way, they would get roles but it is not true. Talent comes first. It is on set that one would be given the kind of dress one is to wear, so that one can properly portray the character one is playing. Many girls come in (the industry) and they want to make it by all means, so they fall into the wrong hands. Even some of the people they think are directors may not be professional directors. Real directors don’t have time to mess around like that.

“Ladies should take it easy. Becoming a star is not the ultimate. When I started my career, I didn’t know that there was anything like stardom. I was just doing what I enjoyed and it has turned out to be what it is today.

“Some parents even dress their children in skimpy clothes, saying they want to prepare them to be stars. Whenever they meet anyone that promises to turn their children to stars, they would quickly hand them over to the person.”

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