Africa: Chiwetalu Agu Slams Gideon Okeke for disrespect
Chiwetalu Agu Slams Gideon Okeke for disrespect
By Chigozie Chukwuemeka
Gideon Okeke is a Nollywood actor who became the darling of many movie buffs after playing Phillip Ade Williams in the Nigerian movie series Tinsel.
A few days ago on Instagram, Gideon Okeke called out veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu for his use of vulgar slangs in his movies stating that it is too much and not healthy for kids who watch his movies. He also accused him of enjoying lots of liberty from movie directors which makes him use the vulgar slang without caution and urged the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to do something about it.
Agu who has been acting for decades then responded to the accusation, stating frankly that he doesn’t know who Okeke is and that everyone is entitled to his own opinion. He said: “Anybody can say anything or come to whatever conclusion they please. The viewers would judge whether I use vulgar words in movies or not.
People who watch movies are the ultimate judges. I do not even know who Gideon Okeke is; I do not think I have ever heard his name. If people like AMAA are talking to me about this, I would know how to react appropriately. But this is an individual I do not even know. He has his own style, and I have mine which has won me awards all over the continent and even beyond. This is the first time anyone will be accusing me of vulgarity. Others have been hailing me. What we do is satire; we are re-enacting what happens in the society.
Also, actress Chioma Akpotha, slammed actor Gideon Okeke, for openly criticizing veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu, over his use of vulgarity in most of the films he is featured in. Chioma who reacted on twitter, condemned Gideon for criticizing an older actor.
According to her, most of the new generation actors lack respect. “How dare you insult an older talent on social media all in the bid to sound intelligent and all knowing? I do not like to see or hear small children disrespect elders (whether by age or craft) all in the name of social media.”