While speaking in an exclusive interview with former Big Brother Naija housemate, Oluwatobi Bakre, popularly known as Tobi, who is a former banker and a photographer before he joined the teality TV show, opened up about his life, passion, his ambitions and screen goddess, Genevieve Nnaji.
Here are extracts from the interview;
How has it been since you left Big Brother Naija?
It’s been wonderful. From being in the Big Brother and leaving the Big Brother house to looking at where I am today, when I look at the things I have achieved so far, I can only say it’s been a good year for me.
Why did you leave banking? Was it boring after four years?
It was very exciting for me actually. I used to be a currency supplier. I also worked in money market but the banking life generally was a bit tedious. And I had a lot more I wanted to do that I wasn’t discovering. I love photography, I wanted to be a media person as well. I am not really an office person. Generally, it is routine life; every day is the same but my life now is different. Every day is different. I feel better. I feel better living the kind of life I have now.
We have seen you in a couple of movies. Is acting one of the perks that came with BBN or just a passion?
Working in the banking world I always wanted to do something more. I wanted to be in the media but at that point I didn’t have the fortitude or let’s say, I couldn’t just leave the banking hall to start appearing in auditions and all that so I needed a platform to do the things I wanted to do. Right now, a lot of people can see what I can do and are engaging me and that is mind blowing.
What got you involved in acting?
I have always wanted to act and I thank God for the opportunity. People observed that I could do it while I was on the show. This is why I am getting the roles. It is just to do more and show people the range of my desire and bingo! The sky will not be my limit.
Who were those people you revered before you joined the movie industry?
Kunle Afolayan, Ramsey Nouah, AY, Genevieve, Rita Dominic among a host of others. And that was because they have done it back to back. And now that I am in the industry, I now know it is easy to disapprove when you are outside but when you are in it, you will get to admire these actors more. I respect the young actors doing their everyday hustle too.
Do you want to act with Genevieve Nnaji?
Yes. It will be nice to act with Genevieve. I have been saying it and I want to say it again, it will be a dream come through. From my mouth to God’s ears I have to, I would like to be in one of Genevieve Nnaji’s movies.
What do you like most about being an actor?
It is the fact that you have the authority to be anything. If you are given a script whether you like the character or not, you have to act the part. Every role you are given has to be inspiring because you have got to do it well. When they say be a mad man or whatever, I am able to deliver well.
Who is the Tobi we do not about?
You pretty much saw him on Big Brother. There was no part of me I held back.
What can make you cry?
Hunger, if I am hungry, I could cry am telling you.