Lauretta Onye, an Achondroplasia Nollywood movie actress and sport star, says she has suspended her acting career because of the 2020 Paralympic Games.
Onye told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Thursday that that she would need time to train to feature in qualifiers toward the Games billed for September in Tokyo.
She said: “I am having offer for acting, but my priority this year is the paralympics.
“No matter the pressure, I am not going to accept any acting role.
“As you know, I am not just a paralympian, but a medal star.
“I need all the time.”
Onye urged her movie fans to bear with her, saying it was important for her to represent Nigeria well at the Games and contribute to medal haul.
The 34-year old actress, popularly known as Laury White, who starred in the movie: “Lord of Money,” said she was grateful to God for her small stature.
She said: “I am a centre of attraction.
“I thank God who created me specially in his image and likeness.
“I pull attraction everywhere as people turn to look at me.
“I am proud of myself and stature.”
The F-40 2016 Paralympic World Record Holder said her target was to reclaim her title in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Onye, who participated in the 2019 World Para-Athletics Grand Prix in Tunisia, noted that she won gold in javelin and silver in F-40 shot put and discus events.
She added: “I was the WRH in F-40 shot put event in addition to other medals that I won, but another athlete has broken that record in subsequent world championships, which I didn’t participate.
“I believe that this year’s paralympics will create an opportunity for me to reclaim that title.
“That is the reason I am sacrificing my acting career and other things.”