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Meet the Stars of Gidi Up, Season 2

NDANI TV, an online platform hosted a private screening of Gidi Up Series on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, The Palms, Lekki, Lagos. This new season parades a more thrilling adventure centred on friends in pursuit of happiness, success and independence.  The new season parades stars like Titilope Sonuga, Deyemi Okanlawon, Adesuwa Etomi and others.
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‘Gidi Up is fresh and entertaining’ – DANIEL EFFIONG
DANIEL Effiong played Folarin in the new series, Gidi Up, which is showing on Ndani TV.

Daniel Etim-Effiong

Daniel Etim-Effiong

What role did you play in this TV series?
I played Folarin, one of the antagonists.
How does it feel to be part of this production?
It feels great.  Gidi Up is fresh.  It is a product of young Nigerians coming together to make a difference in TV and I am proud to be part of those young Nigerians striving to make a mark.
Is this your first production?
This is my first major starring in a film. I have done some series.  I am a fan of theatre and I am also a director, so, I have some short films.  For acting, this is my first major one.
What would you say helped you in interpreting your role?
My stage background really helped me.  Folarin is a character that tries to make it in Lagos.  He can do anything to make it.  So, I wear the character.  That’s what I got from my stage experience.  When you are on stage you put on a new character and that is what helped me in playing that role.
What is it like working with other cast?
Gidi Up assembled very fantastic actors.  Acting with other characters was amazing.  I love it, it was easy and good experience.
What kind of messages are there in Gidi Up?
Different kinds of messages but the central theme is that every dream has a price tag.  No matter what your dream is in Lagos, you must be ready to sacrifice something for it.  How much value are you ready to sacrifice?  Would you give up your virtue to achieve your dream?  Would you pick up vices to achieve your dream?  Young people can relate with this message.
Did you study Theatre Arts in school?
No, I have a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. I have worked for a while as an engineer.  I did engineering design for a while before I decided to pack up my certificate and follow my passion.
So, what will now happen to your certificate?
It will always be there. It helps me as a film maker.  As an engineer, I understand the physical universe.  It is not a loss for me.

‘The series teaches hope’ – ANTHONY MONJARO
HAVING participated in a series like Tinsel and Lekki Wives, Anthony Monjaro (Meka) brings his experience to bear on Gidi Up.

Anthony Monjaro

Anthony Monjaro

Is this your first production?
No, I have done quite a lot of film projects.  I was in Lekki Wives and Tinsel.  I just finished one production, I have been around with TV.
For how long now?
I moved back to Nigeria in 2012, and since then I have been working.
How would you describe Gidi Up?
It’s a fun TV series that I think will get to a lot of the youths out there.  It is a fun, classy and beautiful show.
How would you describe the cast?
We are like a family. It was shot for three months and we operated like a family.  I look forward to participating in another season if there is.
What kind of message do you think Gidi Up is trying to portray?
There is always hope in Nigeria.  Stay here, there is no greener pastures outside the country.  If you are dedicated to what you are doing, you will definitely come through.
Is theatre what you studied in school?
I did Multimedia and Film Production.  I did two years course in drama.  I have improved myself by studying more.

‘No place like home’ – ADESUWA ETOMI
POPULARLY called Sharon in Gidi Up Season Two, Adesuwa Etomi explains her role.

Adesua Etomi

Adesua Etomi

What role did you play in Gidi Up?
I played Sharon.
Are you in first season?
No, I was recast to be in Season 2.
Why do you think you were preferred to star in this series?
I think the director has a vision.  I was also very fortunate to be among the cast.  The director felt I could portray the character.
What do you think helped you in interpreting the character?
I played the character of a spoilt rich girl.  I had to do a lot of research around Lagos. I think I did well.
Is this your first production?
No, I have a film I did with Majid Michel called Knocking on Heaven’s Door.  I do mostly theatre and I have done over 13 in the past years.
Would you consider yourself as one of the new faces in the industry?
Definitely.
How long have you been around?
About one year and eight months.
Is theatre what you read in school?
I did Drama and Performance at the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
Why did you decide to relocate to Nigeria?
I actually came here to spend three months and I ended up staying longer because I keep getting jobs.  Nigeria and Lagos have been so good to me.
Were you born in the UK?
No, I left Nigeria about 15 years ago.  It’s always good to be here in Nigeria and mingle with the people.

‘Why I dumped Engineering for acting’ – TITILOPE SONUGA
TITILOPE Sonuga (Eki) in Gidi Up Season 2, studied Civil Engineering but ended up falling in love with Theatre.

Titilope Sonuga

Titilope Sonuga

What role did you play in Gidi Up?
I am a young artist trying to find my way through love and life.
Why do you think you were chosen to play this role?
I have no idea.  I auditioned and they liked it and here I am.
What helped you in interpreting that role?
I have never acted before, I just tried my best. I am Eki, an everyday girl.  There is nothing fake about her.
What is your impression about the entire production?
It is really cool.  I think it is a new age of production in Nigeria.  The cast are impressive and I believe people will fall in love with it.
Have you fallen in love with acting now?
I think so, I will try it again.
What were you doing before this?
I was doing Civil Engineering.
Why did you decide to quit engineering?
I am also a poet. I just stumbled on acting and I am enjoying it.
Were you born abroad?
No, I spent 15 years in Canada where I studied.  This is home.

‘I hated Mathematics while growing up’ – IJEOMA NWOBO
IJEOMA Nwobo was brilliant in the new series, Gidi Up and she talked about her role.
What role did you play in Gidi Up?
I am one of the girlfriends of one of the men.
Why do you think you were chosen for that kind of role?
I don’t know, but I am glad to be part of it.
Is this your first appearance in a film?
No, I have done few. I do more stage plays.
What did you study in school?
English Language.  This was what I wanted to do and my mother said I don’t need a degree in Theatre Arts.  I pacified her by studying English Language.
What was your initial ambition?
I wanted to be a banker but I hated mathematics. I wanted to be a doctor, engineer and they all require mathematics, and to avoid all that, I opted for English Language.
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Enugu.

‘I have been around for long’ – DEYEMI OKANLAWON
HE is the lead cast in the new series, Gidi Up Series 2.  Deyemi Okanlawon explains his role.

Deyemi Okanlawon

Deyemi Okanlawon

What role did you play in Gidi Up?
I played the lead role, Tokunbo.
Can you expatiate more on your role?
Tokunbo is an IT entrepreneur.  It is an interesting role everybody would love.
Is this your first production?
No, it’s not.
How long have you been around?
Since 2010.

–  Interviews by FOLUSO SAMUEL

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