2019 has been the year of entertainment, worldwide. Nollywood released some of its finest projects yet and the remake of the iconic Living in Bondage film made much buzz in this last quarter. Not only has the movie now grossed over 140 million naira setting it on top of the 2019 box office, it also birthed a new Nollywood star, Jide-Kene Achufusi.
JKA as he is fondly called got his breakthrough playing the character Nnamdi Okeke as he won the hearts of many who have now turned fans that can’t wait to see what he does next. We had a brief chat with the actor who is still touring for his film.
What can you say are the differences between new generation actors and the old generation (veteran) actors?
The difference is most veterans are great but they are almost always stereotyped. Newer actors are better with versatility and reforms in acting. But generally they are both great acts.
You’ve had the opportunity of working with multiple Nollywood heavyweights. Who is that ONE Nollywood icon you are still looking out to work with?
I still can’t wait to work with Kate Henshaw or Ufuoma McDermott.
What has been your motivation to remain consistent over the years, before the major breakout of ‘Living in Bondage’ came along?
The motivation was and still is and will remain that I simply want to preach through my films and work.
2019 has been the year of entertainment and you have done incredibly well also. what can we expect from you in 2020?
2020 expect not to see me in a lot of gigs because I have no care for fame. There are so many people my management and I are speaking to now about roles in 2020 but two things will trim that list down: How much I’m worth and will earn and if the story is something that makes me lose sleep at night.
I refuse to be overused or to be on every set or project. I have goals and plans. I want to mirror Jason Statham’s career where he’s up to something in all his films and he’s stellar at it. Difference is that I’m a better actor, maybe not a better stunts man.
Lastly always remember that I’m God’s Son, nothing is impossible with my father.