Popular Nollywood actor, Nonso Diobi, has opened up on why he is still single at the age of 44.
In a chat with BBC Igbo, the actor stated that women are not patient with actors and cannot cope with the mobile lifestyle that comes with being a celebrity.
“Talks about wife and girlfriend interest me but I’ll only have the woman I’m destined to. What I found is that not everyone can be patient with actors like me. We hardly have time. From dawn till dusk, I’m on the road,” he said.
“It’s either one country/state or another. I hardly remain in one location for too long. And I don’t even stay in my house. I live like a sojourner. Of course, there’s someone for whom I have a thing but I won’t discuss that publicly.
“That’s personal. Everyone knows I don’t bring my private life into work. But there’s definitely someone. We have a thing for each other, although we don’t know how it’s going to work for us just yet.
“So far, it gives me joy that I act and people watch; commend me. It’s like a lifetime satisfaction. Acting is basically storytelling on video. People who want my place are many. So it’s clear that I have to work harder. It’s not easy.
“What takes you only a short while to watch and laugh takes us so much more time to make. That’s the business.”
Quizzed on how he seemingly escaped the scandals that have often marked the public brand of his peers, Nonso stated that he had the opportunity of learning from existing actors during his outset in the Nollywood industry.
“From childhood, I made it clear that what I want people to know about me is my work, not my personal life. I grew in the business working with people for a very long time. I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes and learned,” he said.
“It gave me the experience to move on. When I started, I heard artist scandals. I tried to avoid any such issues that will interfere with my career. It’s all fake. Sometimes you don’t even know whether or not you offended someone.
“I’m not the one to make a lot of noise. I have a foundation to help the less privileged, going to orphanages. We don’t take pictures or videos anytime we go there because I don’t want people to know. It’s only my vow to God.”
Diobi also disclosed that he would be establishing an acting school so that he would train the young actors in the industry to sharpen their craft. He added that he has learned a lot of experience and knowledge from his acting career and would like to help upcoming actors.
“At my level, I have a lot of knowledge and I help upcoming actors. Moving forward, I’ll open a film school because what I see is that young actors don’t have a lot of platforms to learn. I look to fill that gap.”