Nigeriafilms.com had a one-on-one interview with this cute dude, where he discussed several issues; from politics, his family life, future plans, regrets and lots more. Excerpts;
You are hardly seen in movies except for few, what has been happening to you? Nothing! I am just making changes, what kind of movies are you talking about anyways?
It seems you are selective of movies, what do you look out for in movies? Well, yes I am. I look out for good movies, good storylines, the ones I can interpret to my best capability. Good technical also. We are trying to upgrade the industry as best as we can, set up everything that has cinema culture. We want people to come to the cinema and watch movies and not just the ones on VCD, you just watch it once and then it’s all gone. You know, probably a movie that will last like forever; like evergreen movies.
Comparing the industry then and now what do you see? When we started, the industry was really doing well, and then there was a nosedive that affected the industry but then, it’s gradually growing with the intervention of the government; helping to put structures and everything in place. And of course, the fact that we didn’t know that Nollywood was going to be a like a huge contributor to the economy of Nigerian, and it is. We are very happy about that, the government is really helping to bring it back up. What else do you do apart from acting? Basically nothing, humanitarian stuffs, that’s it.
What kind of humanitarian stuffs are you talking about? Giving to the needy. Now that you are hardly seen in movies, family is now coming in place right? It is good to be at home with your family, everybody feels good to be home and want to spend time with your family. I love the fact that I am now spending quality time with them. A lot of your colleagues have veered into politics what’s your take on that? I think they are looking out for changes, movie as you can tell, talks about the ills in the society, talks about problems that we find down the street; matrimonial problems either health problems, cancer, abandoned children. All these things we find in our society that we talk about in our movies. And some of our artistes are beginning to see that they can actually be a servant of the people to help rectify those things because they know their pain, so they are thinking we can go there and help and try and make a change that’s why they are doing it. How about you, what are your chances? My fans haven’t told me to do it yet, but if they tell me yes I will.
Your fans determine what you do next? Oh yes, my fans put the food on my table. Tell us about the movie, ’30 Days in Atlanta? It is a romantic comedy, actually shot part in Nigeria and part in Atlanta United States of America. AY played Akpos and I played his cousin. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2