Nigerian Actor, Blossom Chukwujekwu, known for his breakout role in the 2013 flick, “Flower Girl” has since become a fan favourite, featuring on multiple big budget projects. In an interview with The Nation, the actor talks about stumbling into acting, sticking to it and the progression of Nigerian movies in terms of quality and quantity.
“Production qualities are increasing. We have slots in many film festivals around the world, the numbers of cinemas are increasing, at least we have about 40 cinemas in Nigeria, which still isn’t enough. But gradually a lot of investments are also rising. Nollywood is a profitable industry, it is about 7.5 billion-dollar industry, which is bringing 600 million dollars into this country every year, employs over one million people. Yes, we call them crappy films but those movies have put us on the world map,” he shared, commenting on Nollywood.
Sharing what could make him turn down a role, he said; “If a role doesn’t align with my direction, then there is really no need. It is not about the money but maybe the poor script, low standard of production and other factors.”
Answering a question about scarcity of movie roles, the actor said; “I can never have that in my consciousness. Have you not heard that actors don’t die? As old as you get, you will get scripts that match your personality. You have to be smart also to branch out to other areas like distribution, production, etc. I have a business mindset. If I wasn’t into acting, I probably would have been in Alaba Market selling spare parts.”
Replying a question about regrets, he shared; “No regret at all. This is where I’m supposed to be. I was born to be here and this is my belief. Even though, I stumbled on it, when I found out that this is what I am supposed to do, I followed it. It has not been an easy road. It’s been very challenging but also rewarding. You have to know what you want, work at it and never reduce the size of your dream and make sure you improve your attitude, discipline, skills to mark the destiny that you want. So for me, I have no regrets.”