Models Are Disrespected In Nigeria–Former Mr. Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie

By Ikenga Chronicles January 21, 2018

Models Are Disrespected In Nigeria–Former Mr. Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie

Former Mr. Nigeria, Kenneth Okolie, has explained why he decided to become an actor.

Speaking of becoming an actor, instead of being the model he dreamt of becoming, Okolie said, “I have always had a passion for acting. Even though I never dreamt of becoming an actor; somehow, I found myself here.

“I just gave acting a shot and after I tried it, I never looked back. I started as a model while I was in school in Ghana. The only stint I had with acting was in secondary school, when we had a stage play

“Even though people liked it, I never saw it as a big deal until I came back to Nigeria for the Mr. Nigeria contest . During the competition, I did a monologue and got a standing ovation for it. Since my flair for entertainment was still burning bright, I gave acting a shot.

“I dumped modelling for acting because people do not value models in Nigeria. Models are not regarded in Nigeria; they just use us as hangers.

“They don’t respect us, but internationally, models are a big deal because without the models, you cannot sell your product. That is how they make the fame and money.

“In Nigeria, a designer can pay you about N10,000 to wear their product and that is it. There is no respect. Even when I won Mr. Nigeria, there were some agencies and designers that made comments like, ‘You are Mr. Nigeria, so what? Go and sit down’.

“When I saw that, I crossed over to acting and became popular. Now, those same guys are asking me to wear their clothes and that they would pay a lot of money. They are now the ones begging me to endorse their product. The truth is that I did not model for a long while in Nigeria because of all this nonsense.

“The disrespect really angered me, so I faced acting. I was only fulfilled as a model when I did it outside Nigeria because the respect was there.”

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