Oris Erhuero Interview #In14Ways by Aremuorin
Had the opportunity to interview Oris Erhuero, recently. A new Bond era. Fit for Her Majesty’s Service ..’ It was really inspirational and indepth. Here is the interview:
Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo
1. How do you adapt to winter?
So far so good, as the winter has it’s thing with me, where it keeps me on my toes at all times.
2. Whats keeps you busy?
Right now my family keeps me very busy. As well as my good friends, that I haven’t been able to make time for, during the year, due to work commitments.
3. Why is fitness important to you.
Fitness is extremely important to me. It’s a lifestyle for me, no doubt. It’s parts and parcel of who I am. It’s one of the many things in life I will always live and swear by.
Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Torunn Lillo
Oris Erhuero, Photo Credit – Netflix
It’s something that’s been installed in me since I was a kid. It’s what led me to break dancing, martial arts, weights, running, meditation, yoga, and the urge for me to push and compete with myself. It has been very rewarding to my career in ways that I never saw coming I would like to say it’s an institution within my life.
And a medical proven fact, that one will for ever stay young, healthy and alert with time and age, no matter what, and where one is in life, as long you are willing to slice and save time out of your 24 given hour a day to commit.
4. Your latest movie “EUROPA” playing at Film festivals around the world at the moment … Tell us about it.
Well. it’s a true story, told from – as a movie – shot within a movie. The inside movie tells a fictional murder story, a drama and love triangle. And the «outside» movie tells above all a razor sharp analysis of contemporary life in Europe by the award winning Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza (Grey Matter, Things of the Aimless Wanderer). He decides to film his new movie, A Tree Has Fallen, in London.
It is, to be a stylish drama. about “Simon”, the character which I play, a mysterious “Nigerian man”, who returns to London to make amends with Anna, his mixed-race lover (Lisa Moorish) and Bruce, Anna’s white ex-husband (Matt Ray Brown).
Progressively, this love triangle mirrors the increasing social and racial tensions in Great Britain, and Europe today right now. This is in parallel to his narrative fiction, “Kivu documents”. This tensions by filming a series of rallies in the streets of London.
But inevitably, the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy of the ruling Conservative Party comes back to haunt the reunited lovers and to disrupt Kivu’s film making effort. Sensing that his London stay is coming to a forced end, Kivu attends a far right protest to try and understand the rising xenophobia of the Brits and of his character Bruce.
5. Barriers you have had to break down.
One of the many things in life I have learned is that from the day we were born, no matter what race, gender or tribe we are, there would always be a barrier without fail in front of us.
I believe it’s part of all of our destiny and mission in life to fight for what we believe in, and that will come with a lot of barriers. I have had to keep in mind, that the many that came before I was born, fought to overcome what I wouldn’t probably think is a problem, today. For example; ‘Racism’ – today isn’t what the likes of my father and mom had to bear in the 60’s, in the west. Today, it’s a different kind. It’s all psychological. For example in my case, transcending from the fashion and modelling world.
“For me, being a person of colour, I had to fight my way through all the racial political crap that came with it to get work. However, you keep pushing through, with a positive mind set, or it can eat you up and discourage you from growing. I walked from the world of fashion onto my first tv series in the 90s, and forcefully been the character that was intended to be a guest star in the first episode, to being one of the leading characters”.
At that time, when and if you came from modelling, or the fashion world, you were never taken seriously, for TV. So, having to push through that in the 90s, was a big deal, and then having the opportunity to transcend from TV to Film was a barrier, As Back then, doing TV was the death of an actor, as once you started there you died there, you couldn’t cross that line to film ever, and then finding myself blazing through that barrier on to films and stage and people accepting the change ,was a big deal.
Oris Erhuero – MercyfulGrace Blog
It’s funny with the help of social media, how many people are taken back by my journey from the beginning, to where I am now; because to them, many people back then, where kind of stuck in a time zone and didn’t, and couldn’t, cross that barrier.
I have become part of that generation that can juggle anything thrown our way. So, for me, it’s almost a trill to say to myself; let’s do this, and surprise myself in the process. Today many of us can do music, produce films, write and direct them, as well as collaborate with fashion houses, simply because many of us understood that breaking down Barriers, and constantly transcending would always pay of in big a big way.
6. So you are an SGI Nicheriann Buddhist? Tell us about it?
Nicherian Buddhism’s for me is the simple in-depth discovery of common sense in it’s entity, taught to me through the sgi Soka Gakkai international, meaning value creating society.
It’s a diverse Buddhist community network which comprises of more than 12 million people in 192 countries and territories around the world. We, as Sgi members, base our practice on the Lotus Sutra and Nichiren Buddhism, which teaches that each person has within the courage, wisdom and compassion to face and surmount any of life’s challenges.
Based on core Buddhist principles such as respecting the dignity of human life and the inter connected-ness of self and the environment, we engage in various peace activities including human rights education, the movement to abolish nuclear weapons and efforts to promote sustainable development.
7. Does God and The notion appeal to you? What does it mean to you?
Yes, the term appeals to me in many ways, but that also depending, on how each individual of any form of belief system. sees it, and understands it. But in my case, as a Nicherien buddhist, we have the term called the mystic law, which is “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” in English, it means “Devotion to the mystic law of the universe” or “Glory to the sutra of the lotus of the supreme”.
This is the central mantra chanted within all forms of Nichiren Buddhism. However, at the end of the day, as a Buddhist, we believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible through chanting and prayers. That’s my notion of God and how it appeals to me. Nevertheless, it all begins and end with prayers to deeply understand that notion.
8. Have you compromised something you love for the greater good of mankind or would you.
Yes, many many years ago in the 80s before Nelsons Mandela release from jail, I was scouted as a model to go and work in South Africa along with other models. The offer was incredibly lucrative, but even as I was young, it didn’t sit well with me. I had this feeling if I cross that line; it would be the point of no return, as many artist and musicians were warned not to go, as it will be a disrespect to Mandela as well as those fighting to abolish Apartheid.
As fast forward years later in May 1994 the week of his inauguration, an agent invited me again to go to South Africa, and that’s where my carrier in the end really jumped of from fashion and modelling to TV and film career.
9. Life as a black person, does it seem like a fairy tale to you or is it a survival game.
To be honest at times it does feel like the survival game.
In addition, I was very fortunate to meet Mandela and certain people I would have never been able to sit in a room with in the west.
So today, wherever I go, I take that spirit and energy of Mandela and those who fought alongside him, with me. I remember this when I work in a place where I don’t see people like me. I just make it known that I’m a human just like you, so whatever misconception you may have of me or people like me, we need to get past it and get on with the task at hand.
But from to time to time, I find myself slipping in to that survival mode and having to catch myself, and to be honest I have seen the positive impact more so lately. I now deeply feel slowly, slowly, the survival game is slipping away for good.
10. Actors you will like to co star with?
Anyone that can act, and do it like the greats.
11. Your hide away?
12. Your 4 non negotiables.
B). Leaders who come in to Power and break their promise.
C). People who abuse their power and position in life.
D). The 4th would be any one who discriminates against any gender of any kind, as people should be free to be who they believe they are. Period.
13. Best advice given.
My best advice ever given to me was by the iconic Sisley Tyson. We met in South Africa while I was taking a break from filming.
And during one of our moments together, she invited me to the opening of the Robben Island prison in Cape Town where Nelson Mandela spent part of his 27 years incarcerated. This Prison was now been reopened and turned in to a museum, as a great reminder of Nelsoms Mandela’s past.
As we sat on the ferry ride talking, she just stopped in the middle of our casual conversation, and said to me that I should never underestimate myself and the power in me.
To always stand my ground no matter what, know my worth and to never sell myself short. She lived by those words by introducing me to one of the most powerful mangers in Hollywood, doubling my salary for the next season – that changed the game for me. So now, when in doubt, I go back to that moment.
14. SAY some wishful & grateful things for humanity to come to pass.
I believe in my hearts of hearts THAT AFRICA RIGHT NOW THIS MOMENT IS THE NEXT 21 CENTURY AND 2020 WILL MAKE IT LOUD AND CLEAR, IN WAYS BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION.
Close: Thanks for the interview. It is a real treat. Will just like to add an after thought here. “You are a dream come true and incredibly inspiring. I will pay a million bucks to have the opportunity to do this interview all over again, and again. One day the world will thank you”.
Life will fade, but time will prevail. So, get on your ship, and take to sail. My prayer for anyone going through arduous challenges is that you find your beacon of light. Don’t let go of that hope in your heart. Darkness despises #light ..’ – #In14Ways
Produced by Aremuorin
Àrèmúorin – Anthony Everest is a Multi Awardee Conscious Writer / Holistic Jazz Soul Singer-Songwriter, Author, Producer. No1, 49+ Weeks, Jazz Charts. (C) 2019 MercyfulGrace / Anthony Everest
Sally B Hunt said on a long viral post on the many comments – to a video she posted on white supremacy:
She started with:
Racism against w people doesn’t exist. There’s no such thing. W people invented race/racism. We are all socialized into w supremacy, AKA racism.
Yes, there is indeed racism against Hispanic people. I never said there wasn’t. Watch the video again. I explained the basic fact that there’s no such thing as “racism against w***e people”.
That’s a fact. It’s never existed because the entire concept of race and racism was created by w***e people for the purposes of benefiting / privileging / making profits for them. That’s why racism exists.
MY LONDON SLAVE was really, really, dark, thought provoking, with antidotes of light jokes ..’ – Anthony Everest, MercyfulGrace
Straight from the Movie premier, of ‘My London Slave’, I caught up with Award Winning, Nollywood Starlite, who has her eyes focused on capturing cinemas, and screens worldwide – The Producer and Lead Actor of the movie – MY LONDON SLAVE ..’
She’s very beautiful and humble too. Could not wait to get this to you. She is quite an interesting smart cookie.
(C) 2019 Africanglitz. Cordelia Emeh, with Anthony Everest More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
1. How are you feeling today
I am feeling happy, excited and grateful to God.
2. Where did the ideas for My LONDON SLAVE orginate come from?
(C) 2019 Africanglitz. Cordelia Emeh, Producer of MY LONDON SLAVE More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
The idea came after hearing the stories of various women in the UK and we decided to share these to the world in the form of a film as a caution especially to women and also to men alike. To open people’s eyes to the different forms of abuse that couples go through in their relationships so as to take action when they notice the signs.
3. Who wrote the script? Toyin Moore
(C) 2019 Africanglitz. Cordelia Emeh, with Cast & Guests More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
4. What was the budget?
Labake Labake, Cast & friends @ Premier of MY LONDON SLAVE – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
5. How long was the production for?
It took one year from start to the premiere
6. Is this your first?
This is my first as a Producer
7. What are key moments you needed to show and why?
Cordelia Emeh, Producer of MY LONDON SLAVE – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
Every unconsented intimacy between couples can be classified as abuse.
8. Would you do a part two as it’s kind of left hanging. Imagine the story flipped.
There is a possibility
Cordelia Emeh, Producer of MY LONDON SLAVE & Guests – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
9. What’s the next move?
The next move is for the movie to be shown in Cinemas worldwide and Televisions.
10. Who inspires you?
Cordelia Emeh, Producer of MY LONDON SLAVE & Cast – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
I got inspiration at a young age from Barbara Soky when “Inside out” was being aired.
11. Who would you like to work with again and why?
I would like to work with Daniel Lloyd again because he is humble and knows his craft.
12. Top 3 things in movie making you won’t repeat.
-Not seeing the full picture of a production before starting.
-Getting the entire budget for a production before starting.
-Not working strictly to Budget.
13 Top 3 things you’ll do again
-Getting a good script
-Not to compromise on quality of production
-Casting the best actors for my production
Cast & Crew @ Premier of MY LONDON SLAVE – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
Cordelia Emeh & Cast @ Premier of MY LONDON SLAVE – (C) 2019 Africanglitz. More @ https://MercyfulGrace.blog
14. Pray for us and humanity
I pray for there to be peace, love and oneness in humanity.
Thank you for this opportunity
You are welcome. Keep slaying ..’
Àrèmúorin – Anthony Everest is a Multi Awardee Conscious Writer / Holistic Jazz Soul Singer-Songwriter, Author, Producer. No1, 49+ Weeks, Jazz Charts. (C) 2019 MercyfulGrace / Anthony Everest All Rights Reserved
Never Around Live by Writer / Musician @Aremuorin @ Panache Awards.
Where’s the gym. I think I ate too much. Could barely move !!! I love my song thou ..’ 🇳🇬😍🙍🏾♂😂🤣🙈 🇬🇧
Thank you #DoyinOla for the recording footage xx 😍😍😍. Thanks to the Panache Award Team. Great Job !!!
Selfies by Aremuorin for MercyfulGrace Blog
#Light #Love #Power
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Met up with Actress & Producer Labake in London for a quick interview. She did not waste time with her answers. Made one more curious of what she had up her sleeves proverbially. She is quite shy off camera. This makes her endearing to fans.
Straight off the world premier of Sista Sista, we conversed like old pals. Love her but she suffers no fools. So tread carefully. In a world of sharks creatives like Làbáké are rear ..’
Here is the interview:
1. Who is Labake
End of interview.
#Light #Love #Power
What’s your view? Share this with someone! Pass it on. About time ..’
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I grew up in a divided home. With my dad and my step mother, two brothers and a sister. Like every typical Nigerian family, mine was big. But I never felt like I belonged. Never felt much love. Never found my place.
I blamed it on my mother not being there for me. So I promised myself I’ll never raise my kids in a divided home. With that, I looked up to religion to keep me on the straight and narrow path.
I had my first relationship when I was 25 and she became my wife and the mother of my two kids. Life as I knew it was done. I’ve ticked all the boxes. Followed the rules to the end. Masters degree holder, my own house, married with two kids (a boy and a girl).
When my marriage failed. The world as I knew it came to an end. My life ended. My religion, family and friends didn’t help in any way, instead, they made things even more complicated and difficult.
I was dead and lost. Lost everything. I was gone completely. But because of my kids, I decided on hang on. Just when I thought I couldn’t anymore, I found fitness and wow has it given me a new life.
I gave up my old believes, most of my friends and family, my banking career and started something new.
After more than 2 years of reconstruction. I now have new goals, new beliefs, new friends and family and 2 years older kids.
My company A-Grade Fitness Ltd is growing stronger and stronger by the day, my new full time job doesn’t make me hate Mondays and the gym is my second home.
I’m Alex, Alex Gede and this is me.
I’m here to tell you that even at the last hour there is hope. After death is the reborn. Never give up, never stop fighting and don’t be afraid to leave people that feed you negative energy behind. It does not mean that they are necessarily bad people. They are just not fanning your flame.
I’m not done yet. I refuse to stop now. So watch this space and see for yourself (from a distance or close by, it’s up to you) what kind of man I’ll become.
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