Comic actor, John Okafor, famously known as Mr. Ibu says he has plans that will move Nollywood forward as long as the government helps out by providing enabling policies.
The bulky actor recalled that he is from a poor background and had to struggle for everything he wanted but had work got him where he is today. He also regretted the fact that people say him and think he should start performing for them on the spot
“ ‘I come from a humble background and I struggled a lot while growing up. My parents weren’t well-to-do so I had to hustle to get whatever I wanted by myself.
‘We were basically living from hand to mouth and our situation was quite pathetic.
‘However, despite our lack, I still considered education as a priority and I always had it at the back of my mind that I would keep learning. I attended the Institute of Management and Technology for my tertiary education though I was a part-time student.
‘Due to lack of funds, there were times I had to stop schooling, but I always continued after sometime. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I’m a deep thinker and I like to meditate on issues.
‘For example, I have a lot of plans for Nollywood and I hope the government can pay more attention to this sector.
‘Nollywood has helped to propagate Nigeria’s culture across the world, and even in far flung countries where you wouldn’t expect, they have seen Nollywood movies there.
‘That should tell you that Nollywood is too important not to be taken serious. The industry really needs proper structures. It is not about running to the government and begging for money.