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I’m not a veteran, I joined in 2012 – Nollywood elder Harry Anyanwu

I’m not a veteran, I joined in 2012 – Nollywood elder Harry Anyanwu
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I’m not a veteran, I joined in 2012 – Nollywood elder Harry Anyanwu

Harry B Anyanwu, a top Nollywood actor who was attacked by thugs few year ago has revealed how he joined Nollywood and how the industry has changed his life.

Harry B Anyanwu

Here is what he told Timileyin Akinkahunsi and Ademola Olonilua of Saturday Beats.

My most challenging movie role was when I had to act as a pastor; it was difficult for me because I didn’t know how to pray and speak in tongues at the time. Interestingly, the role eventually taught me how to pray; and I went back home and taught my wife how to pray. I told her I’d guide her.

The role opened my eyes to see the things I had always taken for granted in life. It is good to know how to pray, but individuals have different styles of praying and I have been improving on that.”

On How I Managed To Build Relationships With Young Entertainers.

Most of my friends are from the younger generation. I will soon be 60 years old but I don’t behave like a 60-year-old-man; life is simple. My children know me very well and they are used to how I behave”.

How I Joined Nollywood

I joined Nollywood around 2011/2012 and I have had both good and bad experiences. Nothing has made me derail from being an actor; it is like my last resort after all I have been through in life. I realised that I was predestined to be an actor.

Before I got into acting, I used to work in a bank. The only constant thing in life is change, I never knew I was going to end up in the entertainment industry, it just happened. My life is much better now than it was before I joined Nollywood. Even though I read accountancy, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do. So when I returned to Nigeria, I was hanging out with politicians with the hope that I would find greener pastures, but it never happened.

After I had an accident in 2010, I was in a coma for about two hours; that was when I made the decision to join Nollywood because I was thinking that what if I had lost my life. I knew it was time to change the game in life. It is not like the journey has been smooth, but I keep pushing”.

Advice For The Youths

I advise youths to be patient simply because a lot of them are not patient. There is no need to be desperate, everything will happen naturally. I only try to make the best out of every day. Growing up, I never thought of being an actor, although I was a lively young man. I don’t live in isolation. People have been advising me to go into music, but for now, I am an actor.

The only reason why I still rap and sing is because of the passion for those things. I took after my father, he used to play a lot of musical instruments but he was never a known musician. I derive joy listening to good music. Age is just a number and life is what you make out of it; I am going to be 60 years old by October. I am just a jolly good fellow. I used to do exercises regularly to stay healthy, but I have not gone to the gym in three years because of an injury I sustained in 2015. Every time I get on set is a memorable moment for me”.

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