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Mary Lazarus: I joined Nollywood for money, not popularity

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Nigerian actress Mary Lazarus has stated that she joined Nollywood for the money, not for fame.

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Lazarus made this known on her Instagram page on Friday as she recounted how she joined the film industry.

She said: “I told my friend that I set a monthly target and she was surprised. Let me tell you a story.

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“Years ago after National Youth Service Corps, I got a job that paid N48k monthly. I wasn’t really happy. Not just because of the money, but that wasn’t the career path I wanted.

“I cried most times as I drove to the office and sneaked out sometimes to attend auditions.

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“One day, I made up my mind to resign without having another job; very risky.

“I told my dad about it and he didn’t object as long as I knew what I was doing. I decided to join the movie industry. I told God that if it was his will, then let me be successful. I set a monthly target for myself to double the salary I was being paid in my former job.

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“So I set N100,000. Amazingly, that month I got a role in a TV series. The period of the shoot was three weeks and my pay was N130k. Guys, I met my target for that month.

“After that month, I got another job that paid almost N100k. I didn’t meet my target but I knew God’s hand was involved. Fam, this was years ago and I can’t tell you what my target is now. It’s large!

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“Oh yeah, I increase my target yearly, so I know if I’m doing well or I dust my certificate to get white-collar jobs.

“I didn’t join Nollywood because of fame or to be posting pictures for people to like while my mates in other sectors are cashing out. I am a pure Igbo girl. I love money.”

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