Nollywood actor, Ani Iyoho who many thought had gotten badly burnt while filming a Nollywood movie after seeing photos of him lying critically injured on a hospital bed has come out to reveal that the entire debacle was a publicity stunt and nothing bad happened to him.
He shared new photos of himself looking hale and hearty along with a statement on his Instagram page.
To my friends
For most of you who have ever commented or sent a chat to me you know I do all I can to respond to them all. So it hurt me deeply to keep you in silence and in the dark during this period. I couldn’t avoid it. The calls were maddening. My phone had to be turned off till the matter was resolved in public where it started.
It worried the production that anything I might say as an individual may be misinterpreted further worsening the situation. I’m truly sorry beyond words for the emotional stress and inconvenience this might have caused you. It wasn’t a publicity stunt for me as some might still want to have you believe. It was a huge misunderstanding, misrepresentation and misinterpretation of events of that day and it took a toll on me in ways I can not explain.
I am however extremely humbled at the love, care and support I got from you during this period. Words fail me. I am indebted to you. Thanks for being there for me and my family. God bless you and yours. Amen
I am well. It was a movie fire scene that went well.
Explaining how the whole idea was conceived, director of the movie; Stanlee Ohikhuare and his production team headed by the producers – Kelechi Udegbe and Ugochukwu Azikiwe put together a press conference to get the real truth out.
According to the movie team, they hoped that the video would cause a remarkable change in the attitude and perception of fellow Nigerians and the world at large, towards Nollywood’s potentials.
They said they conceptualised the publicity spin to create film awareness and industry patronage via media engagement; utilizing the ever evolving social media platform to gain reach and peculiar attention to an entire industry.
They also added that the government intervention is needed to ensure that there’s adequate funding to curb ugly occurrences like the one insinuated in the circulated video.
Watch the video of how the stunt was pulled off: