Nigerian actor, Alex Ekubo, says the whole of African cinema matters to him because when the rest of the world watches movies from the continent, they don’t know which is Ghanian and which is Nigerian.
The award winning actor appeared on Rubbin Minds this Sunday straight from the set of a Ghanian production titled ‘Single, Married and Complicated’ and started off by saying “am all up for African cinema”.
He said, “All they see is an African movie so we should stop dividing ourselves and dividing our market by differentiating or distigusihing what movie it is.”
Alex could be mistaken to be among the new generation of model turned actors as stated by an older actor but he revealed that his first ever entertainment move was acting. In 2004, he featured in a movie produced and directed by veteran filmaker, Lancelot Odua Imasuen, acting alongside Empress Njamah, Justus Esiri and others. He later went back to school to study Law and later backed this with a Diploma in Mass Communication.
On the back of this, he refused to be categorized among actors who are on TV only because of their good looks and not their talents. He believes that the movie industry is an open market for anybody to go into. “Its a career out there for every person,” he said.
Alex noted that for an actor or an entertainer, there would be 40% people who are die-hard fans and another 40% could feel hate, while the remaining 20% could be indifferent.
He revealed that he has been his own biggest critic and never thinks he has done anything outstanding. He sees the flaws in his acting and always sees room for development so it is not for him to decided if he is a good actor or not.
Alex cares less about what people say about him. He believes everyone has his own opinion and he cannot change what people think about him, apparently referring to the rumours about him with some involving his friends like Yemi Alade, Uti Nwachukwu and others.
There had also been rumours that Alex and Uti’s friendship had gone sour but Alex debunked this saying that they were still in touch with each other, they’ve had no issues and were still friends. He still respects and appreciates him a lot, he added.
Speaking about his career, Alex said that a lot should be expected from him in the coming months, especially the premieres of some of the movies he had featured in; the movie ‘Dream Worker’ and ‘I Can’, which was directed by Desmond Eliot. He also wants his fans to watch out for an Emem Isong movie that was shot in South Africa, which he also featured in.