Nigerian actor, Elijah Ogann Anighoro is step by step carving a spot for himself as a proficient actor, scriptwriter and mannequin.
Having shared the identical stage with some notable thespians, the sky is certainly the restrict for Anighoro. In this interview, he shares his goals, ambitions and challenges, whereas additionally recalling his ugly encounter with homosexuals in Nollywood. Here are excerpts:
How lengthy have you ever been into films?
I’ve been in Nollywood for lower than three years. I began as a author, writing for TV reveals like Tinsel, Hustle, and The Johnsons. A couple of years down the road after I determined to begin appearing, I obtained a possibility with Uchenna Mbunabo to behave a script I co-wrote titled, Find Me A Man with Princess Shyngle. It was a hit and after that he paired me up with Ghanaian star, Jackie Appiah in one other film. I then jumped on one other of my script, Ruby and the remaining is historical past.
How was it appearing with the likes of Princess Shyngle and Jackie Appiah?
Acting with Princess Shyngle was an expertise. It was a romantic position and my first. I used to be sweating crazily on set as a result of I used to be nervous. The first scene was a scene the place I needed to kiss her. It’s not a small factor. But on the second day, I picked up and every little thing was nice from there.
Working with Jackie Appiah? Wow! It was my second film and one of many largest faces in Africa was on it. I keep in mind we needed to anticipate her as a result of she insisted on that includes within the film. It was a tremendous feeling. We additionally had the likes of Asuama Inyang and Felix Omokhodion within the film, which made it an enormous success. I’m grateful as a result of Uchenna Mbunabo did one thing exceptional in my profession with that film.
So, you have been star struck that in some unspecified time in the future you overlook your traces?
No, I used to be the one one who knew I used to be nervous. And the 2 women have been actually accommodating. They made me really feel I used to be a contemporary face with big potential. Yes, a nice boy that’s price seeing. And properly, if the women are saying it, you’d higher consider it.
Can you recall any embarrassing second you’ve had as an actor?
It was the day Kunle Remi made a video of me sleeping on set and posted it for his 1000’s of followers to see. It was on the set of Blind Voice and we have been filming until 2am. I used to be ready for the digital camera to roll and I dosed off alongside the road. That’s how I noticed myself on social media (Laughs). Also, I keep in mind my second undertaking with Desmond Elliot, who calls me ‘actor who didn’t go to movie college’. There was this scene the place he needed to drain me. He went actually arduous, and rapidly, I felt like I didn’t know learn how to act once more. The film, Comfort Me, is but to return out.
Having been on set with some prime photographs within the trade, who’re your favourites and why?
Efe Irele is super-talented; she all the time places within the work to be extra. She is a large believer of the Elijah Ogann model. And after all, we’ve got a progressive work relationship. Then, Desmond Elliot. He is like my large uncle within the trade. He places in his finest into something he’s doing – appearing, producing or directing. He’s all the time keen to assist, keen to push and assist. The girl who calls me son, Mama Tina Mba can also be my favorite. She is a mom who’s all the time praying, selling, encouraging and motivating me. She’s one of many first those that informed me I might go far, and she or he adopted up on me to make sure I turned out as predicted. However, my favorite producer is Uchenna Mbunabo. He gave me the platform and he has by no means left me since then.
Do you could have any crush within the trade?
Apart from Genevieve and naturally, Rita Dominic, I feel I’ve some few names on the checklist. I received’t say ‘crush’ however I like them in that form of method. They are Osas Ighodaro, Sandra Okunzuwa, Debby Felix, and Ini Dima Okojie.
Have you ever considered producing your personal film?
Yes. I’ve written some superb and daring scripts that I might like to see come to life. But we’re ready for traders.
What are these main ills within the trade you’d like to appropriate if given the chance?
The trade is making regular progress primarily based on what is on the market. I consider with correct funding all of the ills could be gone.
It’s now a pattern for male entertainers to be entangled with child mamas, do you could have one already?
It’s arduous to search out love within the film trade. Yes, it’s arduous. But then, I don’t have any child mama and I don’t intend to have one. I want to get married when the time is correct, and do it the Christian method. So assist me God!
Homosexuality appears to have grow to be the order of the day in Nollywood. As a nice, enticing man, are you able to share your encounter with homosexuals within the trade?
I’ve nothing towards gays offered they respect the truth that I’m into ladies and into ladies alone. Don’t pressure your opinions on me, as I shall not pressure mine on you. Jesus loves all males, however what we do with the love is as much as us. I like ladies and that’s until eternity.
I needed to put up my sexual orientation on Facebook due to the eye from them (gays). I’ve been subtly denied a job as a result of I didn’t swing that method. But to this point, all people is respecting his personal lane.
Can you play a homosexual position in a film?
No, I can’t play a homosexual position. I’m not one. I don’t know learn how to be one. I can’t even fake to be one. Acting is usually about changing into a personality and I can not act what I can not grow to be. Anybody that’s in a position to do this, properly, good for him.
What form of position would you reject even when the cash have been proper?
Gay position, and naturally, youngster molestation position. Acting takes part of me. We don’t actively have the amenities to assist with psychological well being on this a part of the world.
What’s your distinctive promoting level?
I’m simple on the eyes. My versatility as an actor, and the truth that I’m an excellent storyteller, in type of a author, offers me a distinct segment. Then I’m a person whom God has blessed. Grace speaks closely for me.
What’s subsequent for Elijah Ogann?
I wish to be in Big Brother. I’m engaged on some worldwide jobs. Also, I’ve one thing developing quickly with Efe Irele, which guarantees to be big. Behind the scene, I’m engaged on my music album, which might be launched along with a film produced by me. It is a long-term undertaking.
Source: Sun News