Interview: Nollywood actor Chimezie Imo talks AMAA and Future Awards nominations

Fast-rising Nollywood actor Chimezie Imo sits down with Daniel Nkado of DNB Stories to discuss his journey to stardom and earning recognition in the highly competitive Nollywood industry.

Talented Nigerian actor Chimezie Imo is finally getting the recognition he deserves in the movie industry with two back-to-back nominations from two respected African award bodies.

Imo takes a short time off his insanely busy schedule to talk to us about how it has been for him so far.

Question 1: You really do not need any introduction at this time, do you?

Laughs. If you say so, Daniel.

Question 2: Still, it will feel good to hear directly from you – Who is Chimezie Imo? Where were you born and raised? Age? Education? Tell us.

My name is Chimezie Imo. I call myself an actor, voice-over artist, model, dancer and vocalist. I was born in Lagos State and raised in both Lagos and Abuja. I’m currently 28 years old and I’m a graduate of Applied Ecology from the prestigious Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State.

Question 3: How did acting begin for you?

I started acting at quite a young age. I was probably like 7 when I joined my drama group back in Abuja. It was called His Majesty Drama Ministry. It was from there I moved to the screen a couple of years later, after emerging third runner up on the 2015 edition of the “Next Movie Star Reality TV Show”.

Question 4: 2020 has been somewhat of a tumultuous year for many, but it is also the year you clinched two big acting nominations – how do you feel?

Surreal is the word to describe my feelings because I had almost given up on 2020, then came these two prestigious awards and I also landed a major role in a new MNET project.

Question 5: Let’s discuss your Future Awards nomination first? Was it anticipated?

Honestly, I never experred it. Laughs. At least not at this time.

Question 6: You did not win, Swanky JKA did. Do you feel cheated?

No, I didn’t. Every nominee deserved the win. Jidekene is my brother. I called him as soon as he was announced the winner to congratulate and tell him how proud of him I am. We have a somehow similar journey in the industry so I was also excited that he won.

Question 7: Now AMAA 2020! You were nominated under the “Best Young/ Promising Actor” category. That’s huge. How did you react when you first found out about your AMAA nomination?

I was sleeping after a long day of shooting when Swanky JKA kept calling my phone. It was on the 5th ring that I woke up to answer and he said: “Congratulations Nnaa. You have been nominated for AMAA.” I felt a mix of shock and excitement. I couldn’t believe it.

Chimezie Imo in Nimbe movie

Question 8: What can you say are your chances of winning the AMAA?

I am very to grateful for the nomination alone. It is a much-needed consolation for all those times I’ve felt I wasn’t doing enough. Winning would be an icing on the cake, so I am open-minded.

Question 9: You have been insanely busy these days. What projects are you currently working on?

The bills have been insanely busy as well. I’m presently a regular cast on MNET’s new show “Riona” and also working on the Africa Magic series “Unmarried” which just returned for a new season.

Question 10: Great stuff. You are making a mark in Nollywood already. How can you describe your career progression in the industry so far?

All I can say is that it’s just been God. Half of the time I have no idea what the hell I am doing. I just keep doing the work and asking God for direction. I have hopes and dreams and I know my dreams are valid. The sky is the starting point for me.

Question 11: It certainly is. Alright. Enough of the serious talks. Who is your biggest crush in the industry?

Laughs. They are plenty o. If I call name now na wahala. And I no want wahala o *in Peruzzi’s voice.

Question 12: Are you single? Married? Girlfriend? Or boyfriend?

I am married to Jesus! Daniel, leave me alone.

Question 13: Who is your biggest idol in Nollywood?

I have always looked up to Gabriel Afolayan and OC Ukeje. Amongst other things, I love their method of interpreting a role.

Question 14: It was nice chatting with you, Chimezie. Please say a little shoutout to your fans and supporters who may be reading this interview.

I want to say a big “Thank You” to anyone that has ever supported the “Chimezie Imo” brand. You guys are my family.

Question 15: And to young aspiring actors dreaming to be like you?

I have just one thing to say. Do not give up on your dreams and what you believe in. It all eventually works out in the end. You’ll see.

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