Ghallywood veteran Henry Harding popularly known as Papa Nii Papafio has advised his ‘colleague’ actors and prospective actors to have a regular career aside acting.
In an interview on Executive Breakfast Show on Class FM, the aged actor advised that it is necessary for people to save money in the prime so they don’t end up beggars. For that reason, actors need a regular income.
Previously, some actors who are now out of the scene, for example, TT of ‘Taxi Driver’ had publicly begged for help as he declared himself broke.
Other’s have also called on the government and the industry to set up an aged fund to help such instances.
Speaking on the matter, Papa Nii Papafio has noted that it’s an individual’s responsibility to prepare for their future when they are relevant and making money at their prime time.
“Like footballers, like athletes, like artistes, you’re just like someone who is a banker or who is a producer or who is a presenter and as you go along the line, you need to also make sure that you’re able to improve your standard of living so that when bad times come your way, you will be able to meander your way through because I don’t think that once you’re an actor, at every time, you should be at the beck and call of others.
“You’re plying a trade and even fortunately for us, most of us were not professional actors, we had our own professions before we were acting so that when the need arises, that acting has somehow gone down or whatever, you shouldn’t be found wanting.
“In short, once you’re on heat, you need to prepare yourself and that is what I feel. Even though I believe that what the government should also invest into it, it has not been able to do, because the government stands to gain a lot if they would be as serious as they should be in that direction. Apart from that, whoever comes into the fray must also know what it entails.”