(Laughter) That question sounds very sarcastic in a funny way. Well; my dad is Israeli and my mother is Nigerian, specifically from the Igbo Tribe. I did more of my growing up in Nigeria. So I am mixed. And I love both origins, they both shaped me and still shaping me into the man I work hard to become; which is a man with a globalist view, with respect and love for all mankind and with no limitations.
When did you join Nollywood?
Wow… well as at now… quite a few, not much. The series are: ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’, ‘Casino’, ‘This Thing called Marriage’, ‘Oasis Season Two’, and another yet to be shot – ‘Body and Soul’. ‘Casino’, is still in post production. ‘Oasis’ and ‘This Thing called Marriage’ is still being shot. As for the movies they are: ‘Lagos Cougars’, ‘Forgetting June’, ‘Desperate House Girls’, ‘Where Does Beauty Go?’, ‘Code of Silence’, ‘Mad Man I Love’, ‘One Fine Day’. Others are still in the pipeline.
Which one is your favourite?
Hmm… (smiles and laughter)… well many of them actually and a lot of productions aren’t complete yet so I can’t say but thus far it’s ‘Desperate House Girls’, ‘Lagos Cougars’, ‘Code of Silence’, ‘Desperate Housewives Africa’. As for ‘Mad Man I Love’ which is only showing on IrokoTv for now and the few who saw it all said the same thing, that it was a very different path to the usual loverboy characters I played in the past and one particular Irish lady kept going on and on about how she felt the rage, insecurity and intensity of the character Chuks. But I can’t put that in the list because it’s not enough good comments to call it a great ovation. However I immensely enjoyed playing that role. I always wanted something more intense, crazy, masculine, fast and dangerous. I have so many shades that I can’t wait for people to see.
What do you do aside acting?
My background was very fun, loving and full of a lot of interesting, sometimes magical events. My dad was a Civil Engineer (he is late now) and my mum is a lecturer. I had a lot of fun growing up. I was always curious, I asked a lot of questions and I am a perfectionist to the core. I even find it hard to please me.(Lots of Laughter) I play a lot. I love arts and music, I used to learn how to play the guitar and piano, I love swimming and aerobic sports, I love good food and healthy living. And all these were a result of my childhood. My dad died of cancer, he smoked like a chimney and it broke my heart when he passed away, he was very young, like early 60’s. I grew up in a normal neighbourhood, at GRA, Onoh Crescent, Enugu State. I was usually the odd one out (laughter), because of my looks. Sometimes I felt like a monster in Paris. Music and fine arts was my first love followed by a hungry urge to know how the world works and soon in high school I focused in the sciences because the arts like poetry, song writing, singing, acting, dancing, government etc all came too easy for me, and I wanted a real challenge. So I studied Computer Science in the University. And I LOVE IT! It’s like playing god. (laughter). As for the magical things, well I grew up in a very spiritual home, and a lot of amazing things happened to me growing up and still do. Some may call them miracles, some, law of attractions. I had a lot of amazing encounters.
What is your favourite fashion item and why?
Yes I do because I see things differently and dress very differently. For me the ultimate fashion trend is a handsome guy or beautiful lady dressed in a simple and classy way. That’s the ultimate sophistication. It shouldn’t be too loud, nor too crude, nor too open. It should blend with you and make you stand as the best of you, not anyone else. Fashion can also be an expression of self, but it requires balance, the same way self requires balance, else people who are too sexual might as well dress in thongs and bras walking around or guys who are too extroverted may as well dress in a red shirt and yellow pants. And another reason I see myself as fashionable is that I tend to look good in clothes, tuxedos, suits, jacket, jeans etc. Not sure why, I am a pretty average looking guy (laughter) but I do. A lady told me twice that I could wear a bunch of leaves sewn together and still look good; even though I think that’s too much exaggeration(winks)
I truly love, admire and respect women in general. Women are magical beings I must say. Nothing in this world is more beautiful than a woman that is confident, sexy and talks well and can dream ahead of her time and sees endless possibilities. For ideal, a woman in good shape, clean, dresses decent (please not like a nun oh), is confident, knows what she wants and above all has a heart for Godly things. I could go on and on about how inspirational women are; but let’s leave it for now before the men get upset (laughs out loud)
MUSIC!!! POETRY!!! BUSINESS!!! INNOVATIONS!!! I am a hardcore business man on the inside with cool look on the outside but everything I do I relate as a business, even my acting is a business and I DON’T JOKE WITH MY BUSINESS! Music was my first love just after drawing and sketching. I have written a lot of songs but looking for the right platform before I come out in that area. Plus music is a very jealous entity, it doesn’t share, so when I do start, it will be a temporal pause on acting. And as for poetry, oh well I love words, and word play, maybe someday I will write a piece for your blog. And the last is innovations! I can be a geek… and I love loving problems and I think technology, computers etc., are still being invented to make life easier, faster and better, and sometimes I see problems in Nigeria and think of possible solutions for them, so yes, innovations and innovating is a passion.
How do you unwind?
(Laughter) I can answer that question in two ways: what the world wants me to say or what I really do. (More Laughter). I have a lot of things I do to help me unwind. Some are very private. But to give a hint, I am a good bad boy (Laughs and winks) and I am a very sensual male. As for the ones I can mention, I like going to the movies, I love a glass of good red wine, I love nature and animals a lot, I love to sing and listen to good music, sometimes classical music. I love to travel to new places. I also like to read a good book. Unwinding also comes from me doing what I love, acting is one of it.
How down to earth can you be?
Wow. A lot. Where do I start from? One, we need more innovations in Nigeria in terms of technology for filming. Two, we need more spirited actors. I know I am one. And by spirited; I mean actors who respect the art and science of acting and has respect for every character they play. Actors that are ever evolving. Three, we need collaborations that have links to national and international interests. Four, we need more experimented projects especially ones that bring out the true colours of Africa. We need movies that propagate the cultures of Nigeria. We need that done but in a smart way. Not in your face and stupid. Movies can have stories set in cities but with elements of the African culture embedded gently into the facets of the stories. There are many things that I would change. But let me get there first!