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Young people coming into the industry needs education and training – Bob Manuel Udokwu

Bob-Manuel Udokwu in Royal Regalia
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CELEBRITY GIST: Talented Nollywood Actor cum Politician Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Senior Special Assistant on Entertainment to the governor of Anambra state – Chief Willie Obiano, has encouraged youths joining the industry to get educated and trained.

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In a recent interview, the former Guilder Ultimate Search Anchor disclosed what his job entails and advised youths to study courses in the field of acting.

Below are some of the excerpts from the interview:

What does your new job involve?

  • Bob-Manuel: It involves evolving strategies for engaging a lot of youths, discovering talents and making the state an entertainment hub through the relevance of the entertainment industry, in the contemporary Nigeria and know it will impact positively on the society.

The Entertainment Industry is all comers affair, a stepping stone to make quick money, do you agree?

  • Bob-Manuel: For those who aspire to be in the entertainment industry, first of all, i advocate education. In Nollywood, most scripts are written in English which is our lingua franca. Good Education in a relevant field is pertinent. Where somebody who studied Medicine or Electrical Engineering suddenly wants to be an actor is not acceptable. You are depriving those who studied Theatre Arts, Literature, English alike.
Nollywood Actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu

Nollywood actor cum politican Bob-Manuel Udokwu

Q: But we have many who studied other fields and still find themselves in the entertainment industry.

Bob-Manuel: I know but it is wrong. It is an Aberration of course. For professionalism, the industry is trying to put some measures in place. The creative industry is not an industry where there are strict rules. I have seen people who are science inclined and they are talented but it is always good to go where you can develop that talent in you. Acting is not all about reading scripts and dishing out the lines. It goes beyond that and the viewing public knows that.
We need guide the younger people who are coming into the industry. It is not a bed of roses. There are lots of challanges, we also need to evolve a system of training and retraining our talents. A lot of higher institutions offer certificate and diploma courses in Theatre Arts. It is a practical based to lay good foundation to grow.
If you have a degree in another discipline, you should take one year off to go to some of these institutions and enroll for professional grooming. That would also ultimately help you the discipline that comes with the profession.

Uncle Bob is probably right about youths studying Theatre arts before joining the movie industry however, there are lots of Nollywood Stars who are doing great without having a degree in the field.

Bob-Manuel Udokwu in a traditional attire.

Bob-Manuel Udokwu in a traditional attire.

What are your thoughts on studying Theatre Arts before becoming a movie star?

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Joan Nwankwo is a founding member and blogger at Nollywood Community, a Nigerian online community for sharing and discussing all things Nollywood. I enjoy blogging about our Nollywood Celebrities! 🙌

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