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I became an actor despite my father’s disapproval, says Chidi Mokeme



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Famous actor Chidi Mokeme has revealed how he followed his dream of becoming an actor despite his father’s disapproval.

Mokeme recalled how he began as a model before acting gradually.

He explained that he had to leave home to focus on his acting career.

Mokeme, who revealed this in an interview with Chude Jideonwo, a media personality, said: “You couldn’t even say you want to be an actor before you will hear that he (my father) didn’t want you to be an actor.

“So, I knew in my mind. I started by sneaking out to go do these things. Luckily I started off as a model. Back in the days before the home video industry, I did a lot of commercial modelling, runways, TV commercials, calendars. So it was way easier. You can go in daytime, do a quick shoot and come back home. And my father is unlikely to see it because he is not in the world of that.

“But many occasions when I came back late from shoots, he asked me to go back to wherever I was coming from. From all the sneaking out, and of course, there was passion. I just knew that I was happy when I’m in this [entertainment] space.

“And I think what broke the camel’s back, eventually, I tried to read pharmacy, but it wasn’t happening then I eventually went into computer science. But when I got to school, there were no computers. There was just one computer in the entire department, and that computer sits on the table of the lecturer. So I left because it wasn’t interesting anymore.

“Then, I took a decision to leave home. I didn’t just pack my bags and leave; it was from all the experiences of ‘go back where you are coming from.’ I started committing more so that me dad would say I should go back to where I am coming from.”

He said he became famous after he left his examination to play a sub-lead role.


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