Actor Gideon Okeke appreciates his mentors, RMD and Dakore Egbuson

Nollywood actor Gideon Okeke has hailed his mentors, Richard Mofe Damijo, Dakore Egbuson and others, syaing he saw himself through them on his journey through acting.

The Tinsel star wrote:

 

They’ve NEVER heard this before

But here’s a TRUE STORY.

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2007 was the year I began My Professional Acting career. Before then, My biggest reference (and still till date) was RMD. He gave it everything that Panache required. And then I saw the movie “Critical Assignment” one evening in Uni.

I saw Myself a lot through RMD

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Now let’s Flip to DAKORE.

Before My entry into Nollywood, I did notice something “worrisomely” peculiar.

Diction and Elocution were not part of the WhatsApp group lol. The Actors were delivering “labored lines of dialogue”, Like they had a morsel of Poundo in their mouths. But DAKORE spoke this English with so much fluidity…with ease. It rolled off her tongue like a damn great KISSER.

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I believed I had a shot at this too. Cos I worried about how I would fit in. (Being a student of English Myself, it’s My most efficient means of communication lol). Now that there was a reference for Me within the fold, (somewhere not too far from My age bracket), I took ALL audition calls available.

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Today, I’m My Own MAN! My own kind of ACTOR. I made it here! No surprises.

 

So I just wanna say 2 things :

 

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  1. In whatever you do, reach for the highest standards Possible, within yourself. You could be someone’s pitching reference, even without knowing it.

 

  1. Nollywood is for EVERYBODY. There’s no gate! Just come in and show the world, something they ain’t NEVER seen before. But please, Be about THE WORK. Nobody cares about your slay.

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In closing, May I say thank you :

 

DAKORE, RMD, BIMBO MANUEL, TAIWO AJAYI LYCETT, IRETI DOYLE, JOKE SILVA, OLU JACOBS, NORBET YOUNG, GLORIA ANOZIE YOUNG, JUSTICE ESIRI, PETE EDOCHIE, EBELE OKARO, FEMI BRANCH, YEMI BLAQ, FUNLOLA AWOFIYEBI, and a host of other Diction and Elocution merchants.

 

My RESPEK LARGE and this post is with ALL DUE RESPECT!!! 🙌🏽

 

Be INSPIRED !

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