Growing up, there were few things available to allow one to have a fun-filled day!
It was mostly those Westlife Cools, Celine Dion selections, Akon, R Kelly and most definitely Nollywood movies.
These have been the stuff that bring us the nostalgic feeling anytime we hear songs of the above-listed artistes or about actors of yesteryears.
For Nollywood particularly, I have had to ask myself many times that where are the likes of Hanks Anuku, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Saint Obi, Sam Dede and the rest?
If you are an 80s or 90s born you would agree with me that they bring all the good feelings of yesteryears! However, we hardly see them nowadays.
Where have they been, what have they been up to? By the end of this discussion, you would know!
1 Saint Obi
The Nollywood actor debuted his first movie role in 1995. He quickly became one of the cherished on our screens, featuring in movies such as Take Me To Mama, Candle Light’ State of Emergency and others.
Years back the actor noted that he was cutting back on acting because he needed to focus on other businesses.
‘Any smart person will take advantage of any opportunity that comes, there are a million and one businesses out there that align with what one’s profession. The Dangotes of this world do a million businesses; they don’t stick to one business and become who they are today.
‘I didn’t stop acting because jobs stopped coming but because I needed to do other things. However, I am still involved in the industry even though it is mostly behind the camera.‘
2. Bob-Manuel Udokwu
Actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu was shot into fame in 1992 after he acted ‘Living In Bondage’. Bob-Manuel Udokwu is one of the actors who often graced the screens with variety – he mostly played a poor man or that man in desperate need of something.
He later acted in movies like When The Sun Set, and Checkmates which became blockbusters which put Nollywood on the map.
Nollywood actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu is into active politics now, somewhere in 2002 he was rumoured of quitting acting for politics. It was later established after he became the Senior Special Assistant in charge of Creative Media to the Governor of Anambra Mr Willie Obiano.
3. Tony Umez
We can attribute his kind of oblivion to probably his age and his experience. The actor has starred in best of Nollywood movies after touching the limelight in 1993. His first movie was Died Wretched.
Tony Umez has not quit acting, he shows up every once in a while and his recent movie was in 2017.
4. Hanks Anuku
Actor Hanks Anuku definitely left a mark in Nollywood with his slang and of course, his roles are the baddest n*gga.
He acted in a collection of movies including; Skeleton, Senator, The Fall Of The Great Jago etc.
According to reports, Hanks Anuku has relocated to Ghana and become a Ghanaian citizen living with his family.
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