Romeo WJ: From skit-making to dreaming Hollywood
Adokiye Fubara David West Horsfall, better known as Romeo Without Juliet – or Romeo WJ for short – had not been born when Eleanor Roosevelt, the former first lady of the United States of America famously said ‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ But the statement resonates perfectly with the entertainer who has become the rave of skit-making in the Nigerian entertainment sector.
Romeo WJ, a nickname given to him by his grandmother, is an entertainer totally committed to his comedic craft.
The dream started for Romeo WJ back when he was the head of his drama group at the Rivers State University of Technology. It is a dream that may soon launch him into the global space and one of the world’s biggest film markets – Nollywood and Hollywood.
Adopting ‘Aboli’ as his stage name, an identity he decided to pick as a mark of respect to ‘hustlers’ on the streets of Port Harcourt, where he hailed from, Romeo WJ did not get the nod he expected from home at the onset. Now, he is living his ‘life’ and chasing a dream that many may consider too big.
Asked recently if he is nurturing plans to go into Nollywood, Romeo WJ replied: “Yeah I was, though I plan not to aim at Nollywood alone but Hollywood”.
And Romeo WJ has got off quite well with his ambition to grace our screens in the no-distant future, having worked with internationally-acclaimed movie producer, Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y, as well as popular Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham.
“It was and still is a great experience working with those living legends. It’s more like being blessed by the hands of founding fathers and people I admire their craft,” Romeo WJ recalled.
Romeo WJ is determined to develop, prepare himself and build capacity for what is to come and shoot his “first big movie”.
“I’m aiming for more growth, putting up my annual show – Aboli Festival – and also working on my first big movie,” Romeo WJ said about his future plans.
But in all, Aboli does not forget Kings Nation, the label that gave him the platform to dream.
“The label was my start-up point of growth, it gave me an avenue to express my craft and face the world ahead,” Romeo WJ stated.