David Akande from Iwo in Osun State is a brilliant and cool-headed actor, indeed one of the rising youngsters in the Nollywood Film Industry. He graduated in 2013 from the Department of English Language of the University of Ilorin. Speaking flawless English in this interview with WESTERN POST Kwara State Correspondent MOSUNMOLA AYOBAMI, Akande speaks on his crush in the industry, mentioning Adesuwa Etomi who is now engaged with music star Banky W as his first crush. He said now that she is gone with music star, he has shifted attention to a new crush- Jemima Osunde.
He also talks about his inspiration into acting, his experience in the industry, the films he has participated in, the awards he has won, his mentors, how his dad gave him blessing for his career and other issues. Below are excerpts of the interview…
What prompted you into acting?
Firstly, the discovery of my acting talent prompted me to go into acting. I see acting as a way of life, a means of communicating and impacting the world positively. Acting gives me joy and it is a craft that I love so much.
When did you join the industry?
I joined the industry officially in the year 2015.
As a fresh blood in the Industry, what is your assessment of the Nollywood industry so far?
The Nigeria film industry is a platform that gives opportunities to creative individuals to showcase their talents. The industry is growing everyday and with the quality of films being produced yearly, the industry is getting ready for a major breakthrough in the global film-making industry.
How many films have you featured in?
I have featured in eight films- ‘Super Story’ and ‘This Life’ by Wale Adenuga Production, ‘Kilanta’ by Prodigy and Pens Communications, ‘Somewhere in the Dark’ which emerged AMVCA 2017 Best Indigenous Language Movie Yoruba winner, by Abiodun Jimoh (AMVCA Award-winning producer), ‘Glitterati’ by Francis Onwochei, ‘BBM’ by Jumoke Odetola (AMVCA Award-winning Actress), ‘Independent Women’ by Shola Olaleye and ‘Higi Haga’ by Corporate Pictures by same Abiodun Jimoh.
How will your describe your first experience before the Camera?
My first camera experience was on the set of Super Story by Wale Adenuga Production. I had an amazing experience, although I was a little bit nervous because it was a new challenge for me. The production was a success and it marked the beginning of my acting career.
Which of the bigwigs in the industry have you acted along side with?
I have worked with Adunni Ade, Wale Akorede, Wooli Arole, Gloria Young, Adeniyi Johnson, Jumoke Odetola, Saidi Balogun, Aishat Lawal, Shaffy Bello, Gabriel Afolayan and Toyin Aimahku.
What other veteran actors do you look forward to acting with?
I am looking forward to working with Joke Silva, Olu Jacobs, Funke Akindele, OC Ukeje, Ramsey Noah, Odunlade Adekola, Olumide Oworu, Jemima Osunde, Ireti Doyle, Omotola Jolade, Genevieve Nnaji, Tope Tedela and Richard Mofe Damijo.
A couple of films you featured in won African Movies Viewers Choice Award, what was the experience like?
The experience was overwhelming. ‘Somewhere in the Dark’ by Abiodun Jimoh and Jumoke Odetola was the first feature length movie I featured in and I was very happy when the movie won the Best Indigenous Movie/Tv Series Yoruba award at the 2017 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Do you have a crush in the industry?
Humm, since Banky W has officially engaged Adesuwa Etomi, my number one crush in the industry, I now have a new crush. She is a beautiful damsel in Nollywood and her name is Jemima Osunde.
Apart from acting what other thing do you do?
Apart from acting. I am also a presenter and a poet. I feature on Waptv Sport Arena as a sport analyst and I also also host events.
What was your parent’s reaction when they learnt of your love for acting?
When I told my father about my desire to pursue a career in acting, he was not surprised because he had watched my stage performances in church and school. He supported and even sponsored me to Film School after my National Youth Service. He gave me his fatherly blessing. I have a super dad and he is my number one fan.
Who is your mentor in the industry?
In Nollywood, I look up to RMD, OC Ukeje and Odunlade Adekola. Outside Nollywood, I like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Hart.
Where do you see Damilola Akande in the ten years?
By God’s grace, in the next ten years, I see Akande David as a very big brand in Africa and beyond. I also see myself as the head of a multinational film and television production company that will be producing outstanding content to the global screen. I see my films impacting life’s positively. That’s where I see myself God helping me.