Have you noticed in recent times, especially in the last 4 years, the movement of some Nollywood stars into the Nigerian music industry?
Perhaps, the ban placed on some members of Nollywood some few years ago might have been responsible for this. Notice I used the word “Might”.
Sometimes pressure brings out the best in you and even makes you do or achieve what you never thought you could do. This could be the case with some of these actors and actresses turned musicians.
While the ban was an avenue for some others to explore their talent of music which had seemingly looked locked up hither to, for others like kate Henshaw, and Stella Damasus who were already into music before Nollywood, they just continued in their old act.
Well, the good thing about it is that it brought out the other side of these actors and actresses. Who would have thought that the likes of Patience Ozonkwo popularly known as “Mama G”, Omotola Jolade Ekeinde, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Comedy Maestro Nkem Owoh, Genevieve Nnaji, Segun Arinze, Desmond Elliot and even Ramsey Noah popularly referred to as “Fine Boy” could sing the way they did.
However you want to look at it I would say it wasn’t a bad first outing for those of them that were first timers in the music industry.
This is also the case in the music industry, as some Artistes in times past and even presently have at one point or the other featured in movies .Artistes like Onyeka Owenu who is an epitome of both the old and new generation, Tu face Idibia, Muma G, Sound Sultan, Pasuma, Obesere, Baba D, amongst others are all further proofs of the fact that there’s a strong bond between Music, Movie, and the people who play these roles either as Artistes or Actors.
The Actor – Artiste fusion is not just a Nigerian thing, it is Universal. American Beyonce as a Singer and Actress, Ice Cube as a Rap Artiste and Actor, Jennifer Lopez, the list is endless. Look all around you, irrespective of your environment, you will find them.
So Nigerians lets encourage our own and not pull them down. Give them a chance.