In a recent interview, Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli shared her sexual harassment experience in Nollywood.
According to Oboli, sexual harassment is not peculiar to the entertainment industry. However, being in the limelight draws attention to the actions of individuals in the industry.
“Doctors proposition nurses, nurses proposition doctors. It happens in banking [industry], it happens everywhere,” she said.
“Where there are men and women, someone will proposition the other. Somebody will think, “I’m in the position of power [so] I can ask for favours and the other person has no choice but to accept it because I have power over them.”
Like several other women in several other industries, Omoni has her own sexual harassment experience. However, that part of her life wasn’t published in her recently released book, “The Stars are Ageless” – a tell-all book about her life, marriage and career.
Addressing the decision to omit her story, the actress said, “I don’t have a strong story so to speak, because it could be read as the guy wasn’t really propositioning me.”
“Everyone had their place and nobody really wanted to give a new person a chance. It was such a struggle trying to get roles,” she said.
“So I went to Asaba and he said I should come to his hotel. To be honest, I didn’t really think much of it because a lot of movies are shot in hotels.
People don’t have offices [so] they use hotels. So I went [to the hotel]. It was a big room and had a lounge area.”
According to the actress, she couldn’t remember seeing a bed. “I think maybe the living area was separate,” she recalled.
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