From losing both parents at infancy to benefiting from the orphan’s scheme of St Mary’s Catholic Church, Isolo, Lagos, AMVCA 2017 Best Actor, Sambasa Nzeribe said he has had a lot to deal with in life, but has never given up.
Speaking with The Nation at the recently held award ceremony where he won the ‘Best Actor in a Drama’, he recalled how in his third year at the Creative Arts Department of the University of Lagos, he went for his first audition but didn’t get cast.
The intervening events have led to his present feat in the film industry.
“When I heard the names of those who were nominated for my category, I decided to let it go because I saw it as an achievement to be in same category with Uncle Olu Jacobs, RMD and Ramsey Nouah. I know when they started their acting careers; I could not even give the proper definition of who an actor is. I was still a child,” he said.
However, friends and colleagues encouraged him to campaign since he has nothing to lose in doing that
“I closed my eyes when they were calling that category. I was like ‘how’? I give glory to God. The best thing my late mum introduced me to is God. It all started after losing my father, she took refuge in the church. She was a primary school teacher at Charismatic Renewal of St Mary’s Isolo. They turned her into the children ministry and drama teacher. She always dragged me along for the children rehearsals,” he stated.
He recalls the first time he met Ramsey Nouah; “I was a child who was pushed to the corner and promised sweets if I don’t make noise. He was doing a shooting for ‘Black Arrow’ in an empty location in Isolo called Friday Club. The camera was placed on the floor and the director asked the crew to jump over it. Subconsciously, it has affected me.”