COVID-19 changed our normal way of doing things – Ejike Okoye
Nollywood actor, Ejike Okoye is one of the prolific actors who has proved his mettle in the industry. The award-winning actor who has featured in numerous movies said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things in the world.
“The lockdown due to the pandemic affected a lot of people and businesses. Nollywood was not left out, especially Nollywood films made in the United States, where lockdown has been enforced. I was actually working on a movie, Shadows of America, produced by Obed Joe. The movie was put on hold due to the coronavirus. Things are easing up a bit. Maryland where I am based is now operating at more than 50 per cent capacity. I hope soon we will come together and safely conclude production,” he said
The actor, who has been acting professionally for the past 13 years, said he loves acting since his childhood years. According to him, he did many stages plays as a kid in his church. When he grew into an adult, it was no surprise that he went into it professionally.
Okoye, whose role models are Pete Edochie, Amaechi Muonagor, and Alex Usifo, believes the Nigerian film industry has grown massively, especially in the area of production quality and storytelling.
On how he handles criticism, Okoye said no one is perfect except God. “We as human beings are bound to make mistakes. So, I welcome constructive criticisms because it is one of the valuable tools for me to rise and maintain performance standards. In life, we can’t control what others say or do but we can control ourselves and our reactions.”
He said apart from acting, he is into business. “By the side, I do other businesses. I import goods especially motor vehicles and other merchandise. When a family grows one tends to expand one’s coast,” the actor said.
He encouraged aspiring actors to be humble, stay focused in life, set a goal for themselves, strive hard to achieve that goal, and above all pray to God for direction to avoid making bad decisions.
He also advised them to be opened to learning, make friends in the industry, and seek advice from veterans.
On the changes he would like to see in the industry, Okoye said: “I would like to see better pay for actors and crew members, piracy issues being tackled for good, better working environment by building massive film villages at least in each geopolitical zone. I also recommend regular training for filmmakers, especially hands-on and field training.”
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