Popular Nollywood actress, Jaiye Kuti, has refuted claims that she mocked veteran actors who sought financial assistance on social media.

The thespian made headlines last year over comments about the series of Yoruba Nollywood veterans coming online to beg, stressing that they were giving the movie industry a bad name, which generated controversy at the time.

But in an interview with Legit, Kuti noted that her statements were taken out of context.

She commended the veteran stars for paving the way for young movie stars in the film industry, insisting she would never ridicule or speak down on them.


According to her, she was only advocating for the need to have a purse for insurance to care for Nollywood stars during their old age.

She said: “Actually, what I was trying to achieve at the time was for our industry to have a purse for insurance. Our elders have been there; they started this job and helped lay the foundation of what many of us enjoy today, and for that reason, I would never ridicule them or speak down on them. I was only clamouring for insurance to take care of them in their old age.

“Social media can be an evil, bad place, especially those useless, faceless pages. Trolls can make your life unbearable, forgetting that we are also humans. During that saga, some evil people on social media were out to destroy me.”