Quite a few actors feature in both indigenous and English films. Nollywood actor, Kelvin Ikeduba, is one of them. The actor widely nicknamed ‘Bad Boy’ acts in both Yoruba and English films. The Interview caught up with him at Woli Arole’s The Call premiere where he shared his thoughts…
Does your upbringing in Ebuta-Metta influence your fluency in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo languages?
Yes, in a way. I grew up in a Yoruba community. I’m an Igbo boy, then by affiliating with friends, I understood Hausa, and that is how my fluency in the languages came about. However I’m not as fluent in Hausa as I am in Igbo and Yoruba.
How do you think this particular trait is pivotal to your career success so far?
It has been wonderful. I can say that I’m one of the successful ones in the industry. Though, it wasn’t easy. I’ve always been the type that works out whatever he believes in. I always tell people that I started as a “Waka Pass”. I know the essence of this job, I didn’t just come and became, so over the years it made me who I am today, I am stronger and I believe in the industry. I know a whole lot about it.
When working in a Yoruba movie, do you feel any pressure to deliver your lines well?
I always tell people that I started as a “Waka Pass”. I know the essence of this job, I didn’t just come and became, so over the years it made me who I am today, I am stronger and I believe in the industry. I know a whole lot about it.
No, I don’t. I see myself as a Nigerian, and they don’t even put me under pressure. We are all Nigerians. It’s Nigeria first before your tribe.
Does any of your on-screen characters reflect any part of you?
No. You can find Kelvin playing a pastor tomorrow. I’m just having fun. Being a versatile actor makes me happy. I am this actor that put myself in every character, so it has got nothing to do with my real self.
How do you deal with female fans?
I will tell you the truth; I’m not a ladies man. Most of them that come around me I believe appreciate my talent. Many people aside from the ladies see me as one of the best actors. When ladies pay me compliments such as ‘I love your movies’, I feel good. Those are the things that actually keep me going and I don’t want to mix it so I don’t give the wrong impression.
How will you describe your personality?
I’m a free thinker, fun loving and happy person. I love seeing people happy and I fear God. I’m just too natural to a fault. That’s the way I describe myself.