Nige­rian ac­tor/singer wet­tin

Stabroek News - - The Scene - By Joanna Dhan­raj

Ac­tor Opara Sa­muel (Sammy) Tobechukwu re­cently made an ap­pear­ance as the main char­ac­ter in the mu­sic video for “All My Love” set to be re­leased some­time next month where he played the younger ver­sion of Guyanese singer/song­writer Court­ney Noel.

Sammy has act­ing in Guyana for quite some years now. How­ever, act­ing is not some­thing he just re­cently took up; he has been act­ing since he was just six years old.

Sammy was born and raised in Abia State, Nige­ria and grew up with five sib­lings. Opara, he said, is his fam­ily name, while his African name is Tobechukwu, which was given to him at birth and means ‘Keep on prais­ing God’. The name Sa­muel was given to him when he was bap­tized as a baby. He ex­plained that while in most coun­tries the sur­name ap­pears last, where he is from, it comes first. He speaks Igbo, the di­alect of his tribe but can also speak English flu­ently as it is the of­fi­cial lan­guage of his coun­try and all Nige­ri­ans are re­quired to learn it in school.

Speak­ing of the first time he acted, Sammy said, “… Some­one had a birth­day in the com­pound where I lived, and they needed per­sons to act drama and I vol­un­teered along with a few other chil­dren. We acted out a com­edy. It was so nice to make peo­ple laugh and see­ing them cheer­ing. I played the Oga [the chief of the house]. From then on, I started re­ceiv­ing calls to act for peo­ple when­ever they had birth­days, wed­dings and other pro­grammes.” The self-taught ac­tor has acted in more than 100 plays in both Nige­ria and Guyana.

While in Nige­ria, the ac­tor also took up singing and play­ing of the bass gui-

Opara on gui­tar dur­ing a live per­for­mance

Opara lounges for a valu­able time piece dur­ing an­other video shoot.

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