“AS A MODEL, THINGS YOU CAN DO ARE LIMITED” – EMMANUEL IKUBESE
Have you noticed the trend of models becoming actors eventually? Ever wondered why? Not that we are complaining, ‘cause all that hotness on screen sometimes makes us look forward to watching the movie and just makes the experience more satisfying. But back to my question, ever wondered why many of our Nollywood actors were once big time models? Current Mr. Nigeria, Emmanuel Ikubese, the current Mr. Nigeria and first runner-up at Mister World 2014 behind Danish carpenter Nicklas Pedersen took time to explain why in an interview with Punch.
Emmanuel Ikubese said, “Models can be likened to footballers and at some point, they become too old to compete with younger boys. I started modelling when I was about 17 years old because I have the stature and I could do catwalks very well. I am not saying that there are no older models but if you look at it closely, especially in the international scene, you would not see a 32- year old man modelling.
“If you have a talent, you can use modelling as a platform to launch your talent in either acting, music or any other sector. If you can put it into use, you can do a lot more because as a model, things you can do are limited. Acting in a film is different from walking on the runway. As an actor, I can touch lives and that makes me happy as a person. It is one of the things I love to do. As a model, you are not doing that and it is not fulfilling because you would just look good to sell someone’s product. Before I ventured into acting, I used to sing and I was also a disc jockey. The way I got into acting was even divine because I went for auditions and before long, I was called to play several roles. If I were to choose which I love to do the most, I would definitely go for acting.”
Now we know why the likes of him, Alex Ekubo, Bryan Okwara, Gbenro Ajibade and IK Ogbonna entered Nollywood with full force. So there you have it! As a model, will you start thinking of moving from modelling to acting or singing eventually?
Emmanuel Ikubese campaigns against domestic violence and founder of the Emmanuel Ikubese Foundation.