Recently, Nollywood actress and evangelist, Liz Benson-Ameye gave an interview to Vanguard during which – of course, due to her feature in an apparently controversial movie about same sex relationships, Busted – the issue of homosexuality came up.
Check out the highlights of the interview and her responses:
Vanguard: You recently appeared in a very controversial film, entitled “Busted”. Let’s start with that. Give us an idea of what the movie was all about – and why it created such an uproar?
Liz Benson-Ameye: The film was controversial, because its subject matter is something a lot of people don’t want to talk about. You know, it’s what’s going on in a lot of homes. So Busted was more or less an exposition of the sexual immorality that’s riddling our society. People are riding high on homosexuality, because they do not know the implications. Some probably do know it’s wrong. But they go ahead and do it anyway. Others indulge in it, because they are under the influence of various substances. Even the high and mighty are involved – men going after men and women going after women. It’s not just ordinary people. Research has revealed various reasons, including ritual purposes, but it’s mostly out of ignorance and moral indiscipline. Many victims are simply unaware of what they are getting into. In some cases, they pay dearly for their ignorance.
The Nigerian film industry has a reputation for homosexuality, especially lesbianism. One thinks that’s because the film industry stands out. You know, the more you are in the spotlight, the more you get attention, from the media…
Yes. And then, we’re meant to be role models, you know. I think that’s why everybody’s talking about homosexuality in the film industry. Yet politicians and others are there too. But to affirm what you’ve said: Yes, it’s widespread. And that’s just too bad.
Actress Nse Ikpe Etim (who hosted this year’s AMAA) in an interview with Vanguard said that she has no problem with homosexuality. Yet, as you’ve noted, movie stars are role models. Should stars like Etim, be endorsing sexual immorality?
The root-base of people’s opinion matters a lot. What I say is my own opinion. All of us have the right to our opinions. I am an ordained minister of the gospel. Consequently, I have come to know things, which I did not know before now. When it comes to “morals,” I always tell people there is one who created the world and, in doing so, set the standards for moral behaviour. I am trying to live accordingly and play the role that is accrued to me. And I will be damned if I don’t speak out!