Popular Nollywood actor, Ralph Niyi has come out to raise an alarm of being blackmailed with threats of his n*des getting leaked by a yet-to-be-identified person. He recently had his say via his social media page, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, the blackmailer had been threatening to release his nudes if he does not grant his money request, and he had asked him to do whatever he wants.
Ralph added that he is not one to give in to blackmail, so he will keep calling the blackmailer’s bluff.
His words, “It is with a heavy heart that I come to you to tell you that I have a blackmailer on my tail, who is claiming to have a nude video of me.”
“And for three days now, he has been threatening to go online if I don’t give him something.”
“I am not one that will give in to blackmail. I have told him to go ahead.”
“I have already spoken to a couple of friends and I want to thank them for giving me words of encouragement. My wife, and my family, I already told them when this happened. So please I just want to let you know.”
“It is a perilous time out there. People are doing anything just to get money.”
“In my line of work, anything can happen. I make videos. If by omission or commission, happen to get my nude, and then you are now saying you want money with it, I don’t think it will happen with me.”
Nollywood is a sobriquet that originally referred to the Nigerian film industry. The origin of the term dates back to the early 2000s, traced to an article in The New York Times. Due to the history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed-upon definition for the term, which has made it a subject to several controversies.
The origin of the term “Nollywood” remains unclear; Jonathan Haynes traced the earliest usage of the word to a 2002 article by Matt Steinglass in the New York Times, where it was used to describe Nigerian cinema.
Charles Igwe noted that Norimitsu Onishi also used the name in a September 2002 article he wrote for the New York Times. The term continues to be used in the media to refer to the Nigerian film industry, with its definition later assumed to be a portmanteau of the words “Nigeria” and “Hollywood”, the American major film hub.
Film-making in Nigeria is divided largely along regional, and marginally ethnic and religious lines. Thus, there are distinct film industries – each seeking to portray the concern of the particular section and ethnicity it represents. However, there is the English-language film industry which is a melting pot for filmmaking and filmmakers from most of the regional industries.
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