By Sam Anokam
Forward of the fiftieth birthday of film director Lancelot Imasuen subsequent month, a TV character, Adaku Nwachinemere, who underwent tutelage underneath him, has recalled how he formed her life.
Ms Nwachinemere, now a PhD scholar, wished to affix Nollywood after secondary faculty. She met Imasuen who featured her in minor film roles. She would accompany him to areas and even labored as his assistant.
Ms Nwachinemere, who anchors leisure and society programmes on Silverbird Tv in Port Harcourt, stated Imasuen by no means took undue benefit of her.
She is grateful that the director inspired her to accumulate increased schooling and even gave her cash to purchase the JAMB type.
“Years again once I first joined the Nollywood business, I used to be younger. However I used to be fortunate. Producers observed me and I labored with the most effective crew and large stars. Although I starred in minor supporting roles, they have been all the time important to the movies.
“On a kind of events, I met Lancelot Imasuen on set. He advised me: ‘Little doubt you might be super-talented, however you might be fairly younger. It is advisable return to highschool. Let me make it simpler: right here is cash. Go purchase JAMB type and begin subsequent 12 months…Whenever you end with an excellent grade come again I make you a star.’”
The TV character stated the gesture remodeled her life. She has since obtained a level in Mass Communication and a Masters in Mass Communication and Media Research.
She is on the verge of acquiring a PhD in Communication Improvement and aspires to be Nigeria’s subsequent Oprah Winfrey.
“Years later and with a PhD in view, I can’t assist however keep in mind Lancelot Imasuen’s act of kindness performed with the purest of intentions.
“As we look ahead to celebrating his fiftieth birthday, I can’t assist however reminisce on his particular person, and the way far his work has blessed our era, and most particularly the work that he did outdoors of the business, elevating the following era of thought leaders.
“Thanks on your service. You might be cherished and appreciated,” Ms Nwachinemere acknowledged in a submit on her Instagram account.
Imasuen, in response to the submit, stated he was touched by Ms Nwachinemere’s phrases and “cried like a toddler” when he noticed it.
He recalled that when he marked his twentieth anniversary as a filmmaker a number of years in the past, Miss Nwachinemere gave him a N50,000 present.
“She left an envelope on my desk with out me noticing, then she known as and advised me she slipped an envelope on my desk mat. I discovered it and noticed a cheque for N50,000. I used to be shocked. Uncommon occurring round our surroundings.
“I received’t cease, can’t cease doing what is nice to folks regardless of the price. Ada, thanks for rekindling my ardour for humanity. Thanks,” Imasuen acknowledged.