Nollywood actor Jim Iyke is on the news again. This time, for something i think you all need to read.
Jim had an interview recently withÂ Punch, he talks on being out from the movie scene,Â Nollywood, and of course his girlfriendÂ Nadia Buari.
On his absence from theÂ movie scene:Â â€œNothing was challenging anymore. It was too easy and too perpetual. It was too boring and too predictable. I had no room to pursue or hone other skill sets I had. I didnâ€™t have time for extra curriculums like hobbies, family, and friends, personal and social advancements. Something had to give! After all, I was the guy that made 38 films in a yearâ€
On Nollywood and its slow progress:Â â€œOurs, if it isnâ€™t oil and politics, then it isnâ€™t attainable. They tie up funds in bogus and outlandish conditions and make bold and futuristic propaganda-driven statements as to how it is accessible to every practitioner that simply has to ask for the taking.
The sad part is that the practitioners do not even recognise the most basic of their fundamental rights. How can you ask, when you donâ€™t understand what youâ€™re asking for? The ones that do understand and fight to the helm of affairs are busy fighting each other and developing schemes to enrich their shallow pockets.â€
Speaking off controversies:Â â€œIâ€™ve heard that I deem myself something of a puppeteer and that I orchestrate these media maelstroms to maintain relevance and news. I wish I was that creative! The other side of the debate â€“ the more discerning would argue â€“ Iâ€™m a victim of PR machinery gone wrong. Perhaps my handlers in the earlier stages of my career saw a need to create an unfathomable media being that was as audacious as the characters I played in films.
It caught on. Caused quite a stir, then quickly spiralled out of control. There were days when I wondered if I could have done something about it; like a campaign to state I was a different person. But then, the media loved it too much. It sold millions of movies. It sold papers. It also sold my privacy and peace of mind. I struggled for years to understand what it was doing to my psyche, my relationships, my family, my spirituality.â€
On girlfriend Nadia Buari:Â â€œShe (Nadia) is a solid down-to-earth woman. Iâ€™m a man that translates variables in ways many people find incomprehensible. We have embraced who we are and learnt to create our own world and expectations. We have ups and downs like every other couple.
We have our strength and weakness as well. At the end of the day, rumours of break ups and make ups ought to abound. It really doesnâ€™t matter. A relationship is a continuous work. Those that give up, perhaps werenâ€™t committed enough. Those that go in for the long haul suck up and square up to the variables life throws at them. The people that judge harshly are obviously the ones that live far from their desired lives. We just live the best way we know how and leave the rest to the author and finisher of all things.â€
When asked if he’ll run for AGN President:Â â€œIâ€™ve had occasion where they tried to drag me into this unpredictable territory. I assure you categorically Nollywood politics holds no iota of interest for me.â€