A veteran actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu has expressed sadness that the movie industry has been taken over by half-baked practitioners.
Udokwu, who turned 60 last week, stated this during an Instagram Live session with journalist Azuh Arinze.
He said: “Nollywood should be bigger than what it is at the moment. Unfortunately, the true potential of the industry is not being realised. There are a lot of unprofessional activities going on. Many half-baked practitioners have invaded the industry. Real professionals should step up and revive Nollywood ».
When asked about the high point of his career, the actor said, “Being in ‘Checkmate’ (a 90s TV series) was a turning point for me. Also, being in ‘Living in Bondage’ (one of the first Nigerian home videos) paved the way for other roles. Anchoring Gulder Ultimate Search (a reality TV show) in 2007 was another game changer for me. It was also a challenge because I wasn’t the first person to anchor. I started anchoring the show in the fourth season in 2007. But eventually I became the longest anchor person on the show. I organized it five years in a row. Basically, no particular role changed my career; each role added to the things I was doing.’
Udokwu also stated that for one to last long in Nollywood, one should take hard work and consistency. He said: “Hard work, consistency and being true to oneself are important if one wants to last long in Nollywood. One should not do things because others are doing them. One should be true to oneself.”
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