Nigerian singer Abolore “9ice” Akande is diving into Nollywood, taking on a lead role in Laide Bakare’s new screen offering “Jejere” (Tumour).
Bakare says the film, produced by Sim Line International, is the moving tale about an environment-saving African hero dealing with a big loss.
Speaking about his starring role, 9ice explains he plays a husband and father named Dele, “who had a bad experience in his first marriage, with the sudden demise of his wife, he was left alone to cater for his little daughter”.
The ‘Gongo Aso’ singer said he enjoyed the experience, but explains that he had to adapt to the differences between the music scene and the acting scene.
“I learnt a whole lot; most importantly the cast on set becomes a unified entity after several days on set together and I’m sure that’s why we have some level of commitment, togetherness, decency and respect in the acting sector of our entertainment industry.”
“Being the first time on set, I have to act, cry when nothing is actually wrong with me, laugh when nothing is really funny. I also have to depict this character in the presence of others. It is a privilege to be part of ‘Jejere’ and I look forward to the premiere,” 9ice said.
As to whether or not he’d be making a permanent switch from the music stage to the Nollywood scene, that star singer says, “If the pay is right with good content and the standard is on point, why not?”
9ice stars in the movie alongside Emeka Ike, Oby Alex O, Fathia Balogun, Akin Lewis, Ebun Oloyede and filmmaker Bakare.