Actress , Jaiye Kuti , is one of the most prominent faces in Yoruba movie circles at the moment . Often acting the role of a stern woman or scheming mother , a lot of people believe that Kuti is as strict and tough as she appears in movies.
However , in a chat with Sunday Scoop , the role interpreter says though she is strict, she is not as tough as made out in movies. She said , “ Yes , I am a very strict person . I don’ t take nonsense and I don’ t give nonsense . I like people who are honest and truthful to a level .
I treat people well as human beings and I try to be upright with them . But when people try to take advantage of me , I don’ t accept it .
However , I am not as tough as I appear in movies . I have children and I have been able to , by the grace of God , raise them properly .
If you ask the people in my house , they would tell you that I don’ t take nonsense . ”
Kuti also maintained that gone were the days when Yoruba actors usually worked for free on their friends’ movie sets.
“That happened way back . It does not happen like that again . No one has ever called me to feature on a movie for free because we’ re friends. Gone are the days when that happened .
We all have responsibilities and if you keep working for free , how do you make headway? You need every movie to pay for your bread and butter. I pay whoever I invite to work with me and I expect the same treatment .
These days , there are several producers from different places . Some of them are just investors who want to make money from their investments, ” she said .
Expressing her wish for the industry , the actress said , “ What I wish for Nollywood is that we should remain focused on the job so that we can start putting out better productions . Though we act in Yoruba, we can make it global .
Bollywood is made by Indians but they subtitle their movies and it is enjoyed all over the world .
In that same vein , I am looking forward to a situation where Yoruba movies will be enjoyed across the world .
I want people to enjoy our movies and put it in the class of standard films .
We should do away with substandard movies. So many people love our movies but they advise us to improve on the standards so that they can be able to compete globally.
I have seen movies done in Japanese , French and other languages that have travelled widely. ”
On what could be done to get better subtitles in movies, she said , “ Subtitling is in the hands of the producer .
I think proper attention should be paid to that aspect. The producer should employ somebody competent to get the correct subtitles so that we wouldn’ t be a laughing stock . ”