Sometimes, an entertainer’s major break could come from the most unexpected sources that’s why veteran actors and actresses seem to counsel upcoming artistes to persevere, be humble, and play whatever role find to play in a creative production.
Many times, the aspiring artiste gets paid. Other times, he/she doesn’t. The ‘street’ calls this paying the dues. But love and passion for the art should dominate and lead the way. Such is the story of Joseph Momodu.
Who is he?
Joseph Momodu is a fast rising Nigerian actor cum model who hails from Edo State. He is a Mass Communication graduate of the Delta State University. He was born in a polygamous family with a strong Islamic background but he is a Christian and a dedicated one at that.
The name Momodu rings a bell for those familiar with the history of the famous Agbede monarchy in Edo State which boasts of no less a royal figure as Oba Momodu II, the traditional ruler of Agbede, Etsako West, Edo State.
Joseph’s rise to fame
Joseph rose to fame following a major appearance as Mr. Joromi in the music video of popular Nigerian artiste, Simi Gold Joromi, and a lead role in a KONGA advert.
His playing the lead male in the highly received musical video ‘Joromi’ gave his career a huge boost. It did not stop short of him a celebrity overnight.
“People now stop me to take pictures or do videos with me. None of this was happening until I featured in the project. I am forever grateful to God and Simi,” he once said in an interview.
Joseph Momodu made his professional acting debut in 2013 with Civilian Barracks TV series by Mega Creations and has since then appeared in over 17 film and television productions.
Journey to Stardom
Joseph Momodu says the journey to stardom has really not been easy as celebrity life is the most difficult and complicated life ever.
“One must be ready for its attendant results, which could be praises or ridicule. You can no longer do some things freely, socially and otherwise. For some of us who are not yet very rich as ‘A ‘ list celebrities, the appearance is fake until you make it. This will even consume youry money.
“Moreover, you have to look good at all times no matter where you are going. Fans are so predictable with celebrities. The one thing that comes to their mind once they see a celebrity is to take pictures with him.
“Again, it can be very frustrating when you are not as rich as the public consider you to be and the comments you might start getting might make you feel downcast. For instance, I no longer use public transport. Any day I mistakenly do, I get crazy comments from people, directly and indirectly, and that ruins my mood or day.
‘Again, you have to put up a good mood with a smiling face at all times. The public doesn’t care that you are in a bad mood. Whenever they see you, all they want for their own reference is to take happy pictures with you.”
Apart from acting and modelling, Joseph Momodu is a presenter, which is communicating. He does voicing and seldom directing, trained at AIT/Raypower FM in Benin City, anchored a Current Affairs programme ‘How Una Dey’ on radio.
Joseph Momodu has featured on successful television series such as “Crack on the wall”, “Workchop”, “Tinsel” and “The Johnson” before switching to Nollywood movies where he has been able to gather admirable fans to his craft.