I’m the most awarded actor in Africa, and have featured in over 700 productions in my 35 years in movie industry…veteran Nollywood actor, Chiwetaly Agu, lambasts his ‘new skool’ colleague, Gideon Okeke.
While speaking in an exclusive interview with Punch, popular Nollywood comic actor, Chiwetalu Agu, who is widely known for his hilarious phrases in movies, has reacted to his much younger colleague, Gideon Okeke, who accused him of being excessively vulgar in movies.
Recall that in a viral Instagram post some days ago, Gideon Okeke had criticised Chiwetalu Agu’s knack for vulgarity and also called on the National Film and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB) to do its job.
In a swift reaction, Agu said he’s never heard of Okeke and urged the actor to allow the NFVCB perform its role as the custodian of morality in the movie industry.
He described his vulgarity as satire and noted that he’s won numerous awards across Africa because of his style of acting.
Agu said: “Let him leave the censors board to do their job, or does he work with them? Anybody can say anything or come to whatever conclusion they please. The viewers would judge whether I use vulgar words in movies or not. People who watch movies are the ultimate judges. I do not even know who Gideon Okeke is; I do not think I have ever heard his name.
“If people like AMAA are talking to me about this, I would know how to react appropriately. But this is an individual I do not even know. He has his own style, and I have mine which has won me awards all over the continent and even beyond.
“This is the first time anyone will be accusing me of vulgarity. Others have been hailing me. What we do is satire; we are re-enacting what happens in the society. People I have encountered and those who have called me have been full of praise for me. It will also interest you to know that I am the highest award-winning actor in Africa.
“I am also the current holder of the Best Veteran Actor award which was given to me in Ohio, United States of America. People like Olu Jacobs and other time-tested Nollywood practitioners were nominated for that same award but I was chosen. My record is the best in all ramifications. I have spent about 35 years in the movie industry, and I am a big pillar of Nollywood,” he said.
Meanwhile comic-actor turned-politician, Tony One Week had earlier expressed support for the standpoint of Okeke.
He had said: “I read that Gideon condemned Chiwetalu Agu’s vulgarity in movies and actress Chioma rebuked Gideon. And I ask: For what?
“The young man simply stated the very obvious. Famous actor Chiwetalu Agu’s lines can be very irritating. How can you say a vulgar word or sentence and repeat it from the very beginning to the end of the movie?
“This is not about Gideon. The issue I am interested in is the uncontrollable immorality in our movies and lines. Even in music too. The agents of darkness are really working. A role model should be a role model,” Tony One Week added.