Interview with Actor Ken Erics One of Nollywoodâ€™s Emerging faces, Ken Erics is no doubt a hunk and one of Nollywoodâ€™s emerging faces. A graduate of Theatre Arts and a native of Anambra State, Ken, in a career spanning a couple of years have robbed shoulders with the crÃ¨me of Nollywood.
In this chat with Vera Wisdom Bassey, he talks about the journey so far and his dreams.
How would you describe your kind of person?
Iâ€™m easy going, a learner and Iâ€™m ambitious. Iâ€™m not much of an extrovert and I pay a lot ofÂ attention to detail. I have a small circle of friends. Also, Iâ€™m a lover of good music; I sing and play the guitar and piano.
You seem to be endowed in the arts. How did it all begin?
While in school as an undergraduate of Theatre Arts, I featured in countless stage plays includingÂ Femi Osofisanâ€™s Hopes Of The Living Dead, Grip Am, Everyman, Trials Of Oba Ovoramnwen, Esiaba Irobiâ€™sHangmen Also Die, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and lots more. Iâ€™ve always had the conviction that I would be in entertainment. I had a very interesting childhood. I was raised in a home where one was exposed to arts in all forms. And Iâ€™m lucky to have liberal minded parents who allowed us to pursue our dreams. So it wasnâ€™t a surprise to my folks when I chose to study Theatre Arts. During my youth service in Kaduna State, I went for an audition and got a role in a soap opera entitled Webs. After service I pursued my dream and attended as many auditions as possible and today the rest is history.
What was it like acting in Teco Bensonâ€™s Danger Signal?
(Laughter) That was in my third year in the University. I got wind of the audition in Lagos and I left school in a commercial luxurious bus in the night. I stood half of the journey and slept on the floor of the bus because I couldnâ€™t afford the fare. When I got to Lagos in the morning, I rushed to a friendâ€™s house and showered, then headed to the national theatre for the audition. Luckily I made it and was given a role to play as Desmond Elliotâ€™s friend. Though it wasnâ€™t a big role, I still gave it my best. Â It was great acting alongside Desmond Elliot in Danger Signal.
Tell us about life as a celebrity?
(Laughs) I might be popular but I donâ€™t have the notion that Iâ€™m a celebrity. I still live my simple life. The only difference is that the exposure has forced me indoors. The life of an actor is not an enviable one. However itâ€™s heartwarming to hear someone tell me â€˜you are my role model and I love you.