I am an actor and a budding film-maker. I was brought up alogside brothers but I wasn’t spoilt. My father is a naval officer, so I have a military background. Growing up, I was a shy child. I didn’t think that I could look into the lens of a camera, but today I have gone past that.
I have a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in French, both from the University of Lagos.
My first role was in a movie titled Life is Beautiful, in 2004. I starred alongside Jim Iyke and other actors. Afterwards, I took a year-long break from acting.
I am not a conventional person. As opposed to following the crowd, I am a deep thinker and also liberal too. My no is no and my yes is yes. I am very straightforward; I cannot pretend. In reality, I don’t pretend if I don’t like something or someone. I am my own best friend and like to be by myself. All these seem contrary to what I do for a living but that’s just me.
Most challenging role
I think all the roles that I have played have all been challenging. It does not matter how small or big the role was. Even when the roles are not big ones, I still apply myself to it because those small roles that people take for granted can make or mar their career. However, my role in the movie, Shijuwomi, was quite challenging because I was the youngest actor in the film. I didn’t feel intimidated because I was working with one of the best directors in Nigeria, Niji Akanni, and I acted alongside veteran actor, Ayo Lijadu. It was a learning opportunity for me and the things that I learnt came in handy when I shot my film.
My first feature film is still receiving accolades and it was shown at the Africa International Film Festival. It also showed in Australia, three weeks ago and won the award for Best Nigerian Movie at the Eko International Film Festival. I am actually working on my first documentary which will have an all-female crew; cinematographer, director, sound engineer and it would be shot in five states.
I am one person who doesn’t have role models because I believe we are all humans. People treat celebrities like demigods and it’s wrong.Psychologically, people want to live like their role models and when they go wrong, it breaks you as a person. I have seen people break down because of their role models. I have people that I like, so I learn various things from them. However, my parents top the list because they taught me how to be disciplined. I take each day at a time and also make sure that I don’t do things that can mess up my tomorrow. When I want to do something, I put my best foot forward because I don’t know what the next moment will be.
I watch my own movies and criticise myself. I am my workstation. When I see something that I have done wrong in a film, I avoid it in another one; I always watch every film that I do. I applaud myself when I think that I have really done well and criticise myself when I feel I should have done better.
I had always wanted to be on television and admired broadcasters because I loved the way they spoke and dressed. People think that I am fashionable but I don’t think I am. I love my comfort and when I wear clothes, the first thing that I think about is comfort. I don’t follow trends; I wear something because I love it.
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