role has put Nouah on the spot, as many of his fans are asking
questions. In this interview, the actor takes his time to explain why he
took up the weird character and how he managed to fit into it. He also talks about other issues.
very awkward. Every time I had to play that part, I was always like
‘ha!’ I hated it. But professional ethics demand that you do stuffs that
you need to do.
trying to be like them. I don’t know what it is. It excites them.
Everywhere I go, I remember the red carpet, it was the same thing. All
the girls are like ‘how do you feel playing a woman?’ It wasn’t fun, honestly.
get into the character. You know…doing what your mum usually does or
what your wife does or what your sister does and all of that which is
much unlike you. There’s something about it.
demanding. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just that there are some morals than
challenge and that’s why when I was doing it, I had a bit of
reservation, but of course I still tried to pull it through. This is
like comedy; it’s nothing serious, so we could play with it. Besides, it
was pretty hard for me to get those gestures and mannerisms but my
colleague helped me out with it. So, how do your fans relate to you, in response to the movie?
would you ridicule Ramsey Nouah so much? How would you bring him down
so much like that?’ But to me, it’s not bad, to me it’s a professional
thing, yeah, it’s what you must do.
phases of growth for us. It seemed like we started off on a very good
note but everyone is thinking… No, no, no, it’s not as if it’s not a
good note, it is, but there was a good start, there was an influx of
stories. It became saturated. People got tired and everybody just felt
like the industry has reached its peak and there’s nowhere else to go.
Hence, that point in time was when everybody began to say ‘are we
growing or falling?’ But this is what it is. We had good performances
acting, in the beginning. The performance acting became saturated
because there were too many movies outside. Technicals didn’t grow from
where we began , it was going to get better but mid-way but things got
worse. Now, technical is growing. What’s giving birth to good technicals
are the cinemas. For you to shoot a movie for cinemas there has to be
capital, of course big screen and you have to get everything and every
detail right. But there’s a nosedive with the performances now. Where we
have gotten to now with good technicals, acting is getting better.
There’s need for that bridge for technical and acting to synegise for us
to have a smooth and perfect production.
take every script that comes your way. You and I will agree that you’re
better off looking for characters that suit or befit you the most, not
just pick any story or character that is not challenging, What do you look out for in a script?
character I’m playing and the story itself. How important is my
character to the entire story? If a story is very ‘killing’, I can’t
would because it has never happened to me. I’ve never rejected any
script because of that except I’m having like a dispute with the person
which is rare, maybe I’m not comfortable with the person, maybe we’re
apart, maybe we’re having some sort of disagreement and stuff. Yeah,
maybe that, otherwise, I’m fine.
that come to play that we need to act but I’m not going to say it, I’m
not going to let it out of the bag. I mean, there are a couple of
characters that I’d love to work on; to play many of them, but in due
It’s because I’ve never done it before. I think I did something some
years back but that one was like I was an undercover, so I dressed like a
woman. Those were years back; early 2000. I dressed like a woman; they
tied gele and scarf for me and I was like (mimics a female voice) ‘hey
what are you talking about?’ I did all of that but this one is
different. There’s a message to this one and the message is very simple
-what are the conflicts in marriages and why are marriages always having
With anybody, why not? But if you’re saying ‘anybody’, umm, it depends
on what ‘anybody’ means. Like you play love scene with a female
counterpart when it has to be an opposite sex, not the same sex.
yeah, there’s a professional ethic that drives whatever you’re doing.
Secondly, you have to find that internal energy and connection between
you and the other actor. You can also talk about attraction factor.
said it’s internal. There’s the professional… sometimes it connects,
sometimes you have disconnect at some point. It’s normal, it’s natural
for it to happen but then, you have to know when to balance it. It’s
what is demanded of you professionally.
family when we’re out holidaying or going different places. Adventures
and stuffs like that are my greatest moments. But one of my greatest
moments professionally was when I shot Dangerous Twins with Tade Ogidan, because it was very demanding.
blacklisted by the (film) marketers for no good reason. Of course, at
that moment there was a turnaround in my faith in the industry. I was
like ‘what the hell, why should we have this?’ Hence, when the cinema
thing came in I was very happy because it helped curb our industry.
Because we lack structure, we lack regulation and regulatory bodies to
actually checkmate certain things; a whole lot of things went haywire.
That was one of my low points in the industry.
some people just have an expressive way of doing their stuff, you can’t
stop them. They make things happen for you; they make your world go
round. Sometimes when they do something like that, you find it quite
embarrassing. I don’t want to go into the explicit ones.
face. No, not exactly. But, you know, you meet lots of people who tend
to appreciate you. Everyone sees you around, all your fans, most
especially in Lagos; see you as their ATM machines. All their greetings
have to be paid for. For instance, they will greet you ‘Hey, good
morning bros, we dey hail o…’ You know you have to drop something, so
it’s quite a thorn in the flesh.