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ACTORS PROFILE Alex Usifo Omiagbo
ADDRESS: Akowonjo, Egbeda, Lagos State.
DATE OF BIRTH: 16 April 1953.
MARITAL STATUS: Happily married to Princess.
STATE OF ORIGIN: Ewohimi. Local Government, Edo State.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN: Edo, Yoruba and English.
Mass Communication And Philosophy, Unilag and SS Peterson Paul major seminary
An under graduate of Ambrose Alli University.
Tell us a little about your childhood, growing up, parents, brothers and sisters?
Born into a catholic home, I attended a catholic primary and secondary schools. My father was a staff of Kingsway stores. I am the second of 2 boys and 2 girls.
What was the first paying job ever that you had?
An operations assistance at NTA Benin (camera/audio manager)
What other jobs did you do outside Acting?
Selling insurance policies with Crusader Insurance in the early 1980's.
What made you go into the Acting career and when did you start Acting (year)?
The flair for acting [an inmate conviction that I could act] started in 1984.
Who were your Idols/Models (Actors) in those days?
Ogunmola, Duro Ladipo, Pram And Prem Chopra[Indian] and Bruce Lee.
What was your first role in Theatre, TV or Movies?
TV - The Return Of The Natives', as Mr Davis.
Theatre - Awero, as Pa Jimoh.
Movies - Mission To Serve, as Mr President.
What was your major break-through role and in what film, series or play?
TV Series- 'Ripples' as Talab Abbas.
What were the constraints you had to face and overcome as an up-and-coming Actor (young actor)?
How many films have you been involved with as an Actor to date?
Innumerable; I have starred in Silent Night, Sanctuary, Captive, Innocent Tears, Fugitives, to mention a few.
As a DYNAMIC, OUTSTANDING, 'A'-List Actor, how have you managed to adapt to the different range of roles you have played in your career?
Understanding the stories and the characters play.
What is the most awkward or strangest role you have had to take/play in your career and why?
What film have you been most proud to be involved with so far, and why?
Ripples - Talab Abbas. It was just a great ride.
Did you at anytime want to quit your Acting career for something else or for any reason, and why (if any)?
I Never really thought quitting even when the remuneration was poor.
What is the motivation for you or what keeps you interested in this career every morning you wake up?
The love of acting and the desire to make people happy and the fact that they appreciate what I am doing is my motivation.
How important are our Nigerian roots, morals, values, knowledge and sense of wisdom to you and your works?
Very very important except I detest the value system which is [at all cost] or [by any means].
On the stories, scripts, or screen play of your films, and its impact on the Nigerian/African cultural values (home and abroad), how do you manage to harness, keep and pass them across in your films?
No man has monopoly of knowledge I carryout personal research in those areas.
What projects are you working on at the moment and with whom?
A soap opera titled 'Traces'. I expect it to be a lot better than Ripples.
Where do you see yourself in this career in the next five years?
Eye's have not seen ear's have not heard-----------
Where do you see the Nigerian movies industry in the next couple of years?
In the forefront of movie making.
When you are not working (Acting, producing, directing or making a film), what do you do or how do you pass the time?
I'm either in church or with my family. I also enjoy music and reading.
What kind of music do you listen to and who is your favourite musician?
For now I love R. Kelly's MUSIC.
Is there an International Actor (American, British, Australian, African, etc.) you will want to work with if the opportunity presented itself?
With any good actor.
What message do you have for your international fans in America, United kingdom, Europe, Africa and its Diaspora?
The best of Alex Usifo is yet to come. I love them all above all god loves them.
For any reason at all, how would you personally want your fans to remember you?
A Lover of God and Humanity.
Barring any work or previous appointments, if we invited you to America, UK or anywhere else to meet your fans, will you be available to meet them?
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