Ramsey Nouah: We built Nollywood out of nothing - Now we're shooting for the stars

Ramsey Nouah won the 2010 African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in Leading Role in 2010.

It’s probably the most important advice Nigerian movie superstar Ramsey Nouah ever received: "My friend said," Nouah recalls,"’you look like a great actor, why don’t you act?

‘"That was some 25 years ago, when Nouah was looking for funds to cover his school examination fees. Nouah took his friend’s suggestion and started auditioning for TV shows. He quickly landed a role in a successful soap opera, and soon after he made his debut in Nollywood, Nigeria‘s mighty movie making machine.

Today, Nouah is one of the industry’s most popular names, having starred in dozens of films and won several accolades. His latest movie — “Thy Will Be Done,” by director Obi Emelonye — became last month the first Nollywood film to premiere at London’s BFI IMAX, Britain’s biggest cinema screen.

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