I want to join Nollywood – US activist, Umar Johnson

Famous African American activist and psychologist, Dr. Umar Johnson has expressed his desire to feature in a Nigerian movie.

The online personality made this known in a trending video where he called on Nollywood filmmakers to reach out to him to star their movies.

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Dr Johnson, however, noted that it has to be a conscious film as he is not willing to play a drug dealer, fraudster or any type of criminal.

The Pan-Africanist said: “Nigeria, I’m waiting for an invitation. I’m trying to get into Nollywood. I want to star in some of the Nigerian movies. Somebody put me in touch with Black Nollywood in Nigeria. I want to be in a Nollywood movie.

Anybody making a movie out there has got to be conscious though. I’m not doing any blaxploitation. My role has to be egocentric. My role has to be who I am.

I can have a different name and personality but it must be progressive and pan-Africanist. I will not play a con on television. I’m not playing no pimp, no drug dealer, no criminal. It must be consistent. egocentricity is a necessity.”

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In another news…

Veteran actor, Wale Ojo recently said he prefers working in the Nigerian movie industry haven worked in Hollywood and countries around the world.

The Nollywood star who started his acting career in the United Kingdom in 1986, said the reason he loves Nigeria is because of the “vibes and camaraderie.”

Ojo added that although Nollywood still has a long way to go in terms of high production values, he always learns something working in the industry.

He said; “The industry in Nigeria is growing very fast. . We are just a different set of people, right from the way we work and relate with one another. The vibes and camaraderie of Nigeria is just unique.

Yes, we have a long way to go in terms of high production values but I prefer to come back to Nigeria after I have worked in Hollywood and other industries across the globe. I always learn something whenever I work in Nigeria. I cannot even remember how many movies I have shot in Nigeria.”

The actor further recalled working alongside Hollywood star, Al Pacino in the “Godfather” and noted that it was one of his memorable moments as an actor.