I watched a movie last night; Lagos Cougars and not for the first time I was practically scalded by Alex Ekubo's poor acting abilities. New Nollywood seems to be more concerned with looks than talent. Everytime I watch a movie or a scene acted by Alex Ekubo I want to go on a full blown rant and ask producers why they won't give roles to people that actually deserve them. We have talented actors in this country, no?
Anyway I guess it bothered me so much that I woke up thinking about it. Therefore I chose to compile a list of MY top 5 Best and Worst Nigerian actors.
5. Mike Ezuruonye
4. Desmond Elliot
3. Yul Edochie
2. Francis Duru
1. Ramsey Nouah
The above are my five best Nollywood actors because they have proven their ability to interprete a diverse range of roles over and over again. They cannot be confined to playing a particular role and rightfully, they haven't. Ramsey Nouah tops my list because he has proven himself over time to be truly worth his salt. I know some might wonder if I forgot to include O.C Ukeje to my list. I didn't, he just didn't make it into my Top 5.
I also deliberately did not include the veterans to this list. They are in a class of their own; Pete Edochie, Richard Mofe Damijo, Olu Jacobs and a few others.
My Top 5 Worst Nollywood Actors.
5. Uti Nwachukwu: I won't exactly say Uti is a terrible actor but acting is not one of Uti's strengths, not even remotely. I think Uti should focus on strengthening his strengths and not waste time on his weaknesses.
4. Hanks Anuku: Frankly speaking I don't know if Hanks is still an actor, at least not since he said T.B Joshua delivered him from his drug addiction. Yet something about watching Hanks even years later still leaves me with a pain so real it's almost physical.
3. Bryan Okwarra: Some are models. Some are actors. Some can be both. Most can't.
2. Alex Ekubo: Our producers need to understand that when we want eye candy we look to models and not actors. Not to blame him for it but I find his near-feminine good looks too distracting, this is not helped by the fact that he's seemingly bent on sticking out his lower lip like a petulant child, pouting his lips and rolling his eyes when he can actually work harder to achieve other, more believable facial expressions. Also his frequent pretty-boy roles makes it difficult for me to take him serious as an actor; no versatility whatsoever.
1. Benson Okonkwo: Where do I even begin? Whether he's playing the role of a palace slave or something less peripheral Benson leaves me wondering if Nigerian actors ever try to polish their craft, or/and their diction. The young man seems to be determined to make it in the industry, he should therefore invest in himself a little.
Let's talk about YOUR best and worst Nigerian Actors.
We'll get to our actresses soon, I promise.