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I started acting because I needed money to write my GCE – Ramsey Nouah reveals

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CELEBRITY GIST: Handsome Nollywood Actor Ramsey Nouah has come out to reveal how he ventured into Nollywood and the challenges he had before joining the industry.

Ramsey Nouah throwing up deuces

Ramsey Nouah throwing up deuces

In an exclusive interview, the actor disclosed he started acting because he needed money to write his GCE. He also stated he never dreamt of becoming an actor but a pilot.

Below are some excerpts of Ramsey Nouah’s interesting interview with Kore Ogidan.

Tell us about your background

Ramsey Nouah: I was born in Costain, Lagos, where I began my early life before moving to Aguda, Surulere. I lived with my mother and half-brother. My father was never in the picture. I was very playful and I must admit, it’s rubbing off on my kids, and I’m not liking it very much. I was also very artistically inclined. I was fascinated by comic books and drawings, although I wasn’t exactly great at that. My elementary education was at Atara Primary School, Orile Iganmu, Lagos, and for my post-elementary education, I attended Community Grammar School, Surulere. I also got a Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. Interestingly, my life has been a tale of grace to grass to grace. I was born with a silver spoon but shortly after, everything changed and our wealth went to zero. This made me understand the two sides of life; living a life of plenty and a life of not even having enough to eat. As rough as the experience might have seemed, it actually helped me gain a balance in my profession as an actor; being able to comfortably switch between the roles of the prince and the pauper.

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Ramsey Nouah

Did you always want to be an actor?

Ramsey Nouah: No! Even though I knew I had a dominant creative side, I was sure I was going to become a pilot or an aeronautic engineer. I was obsessed with planes, machines and gadgets that flew and I knew I had to be involved somehow; whether by actually flying them, creating them or building them so other people could fly them.

When did you decide you wanted to become an actor?

Ramsey Nouah: I needed money to take my GCE external examination and I just couldn’t get it, no matter where I went. So, I remembered that my friend had told me repeatedly that I had a gift in acting but I had never taken it seriously. When I needed money desperately to pay for my exams, I decided to give it a try and source some money from it. In 1990, I had a cameo role and in 1991, I had a role in the series, Mega Fortunes, which aired in 1993 and lasted for just a year. After that came the advent of home videos and it’s been a roller-coaster ride since then. I really just went into acting because I needed the money and not because I thought I could act. Over time, I realised that I had a strong passion for acting and thought to myself that acting could really just have been my calling.

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