Talks from Nollywood say actor, director and producer Tchidi Chikere has been banned in Nollywood by marketers due to the ongoing brouhaha in his marriage.
A few weeks ago, there were reports that he had ended his marriage with his actress wife Sophia.
The reason for the crashed marriage still remains unclear but Nollywood media speculated another actress is having an illicit love affair with the director.
It would be recalled that about 10 Nollywood practitioners were banned some five years ago by the Film and Video Marketers Association.
Actresses like Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, top actors Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Kenneth Okonkwo and others were banned for charging excessive fees at that time.
Tchidi is the latest to be banned several years after Nollywood big guns had said that the ban of those top stars did not help the cause of the industry.
Nigeriafilms.com reported that the reason for Tchidi’s ban was as a result of his decision to end his marriage.
“Sources at Idumota Video Marketers Association told us last week, following the story of a crash in the Mbaise Imo State born actor’s marriage, that the great Awka Assembly of the marketers banned Tchidi alongside other top players on the allegation that he was too close to some married actresses and that it was bringing Nollywood into disrepute,” the website claimed.
“Our source said that Tchidi’s ban was the only one not explained to the public at the time due to its peculiar circumstances.”
This is not the first time a Nollywood marriage is crumbling but this is the first time a stakeholder in Nollywood is banning someone for deciding to end his marriage.