BASORGE Tariah, Jnr., is an actor, comedian, movie/music producer and much more than what you think. Having spent all of 25 years in show business, we asked Do Good (as he was fondly called in Candlelight, the rested popular TV series, what has kept him this long and relevant, and the challenges of the entertainment industry. Here are his frank response in an exclusive chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, March 25, 2011.
You anchored the third edition of ENCOMIUM Black & White Ball incorporating the Elegance and Style Awards. How would you describe it?
It was absolutely elegant.
How can it get better?
I think you have to reduce the number of designers to about five to have time for the awards and the ball. Still it was really a good outing.
You are one artist who swings from acting to dancing, singing, comedy…
I think I am a consummate artist trained to adapt to any art form. I have been in the industry for about 25 years. I have come a long way because I prepared myself for what I am doing.
So, what has sustained you despite all the odds in the entertainment industry?
Would you say that Nollywood and the entertainment industry at large is really growing?
Yes, in terms of quantity not quality because a lot of people see it as a money-spinning venture, not a career. We have not invested in training. So, we are losing in the sense of training, discipline and direction. This is why creativity is declining rapidly. I think we need to train the up and coming artists and retrain existing ones. In other words, we must imbibe the culture of professionalism to move our industry forward. Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world, but we also have to improve on the quality of our production. We must restore discipline and professionalism.
You surprisingly survived a serious ailment years back, now, you are okay. What would you say is responsible for your quick recovery?
First, I think it is God. Again, my family and friends who stood by me. You can also add that I live a frugal life. I am rarely outside. Now, I am more like a family man, I stick to my wife and lovely children.
Can you please tell us more about your wonderful family?
My wife is Doris Basorge Tariah, a beautiful and lovely woman. She is heavily pregnant with our fourth child. That should come in about two weeks time.
And counting your blessings, what more do you want from God at this stage of your successful career as an entertainer?
God has been extremely good to me, but I still want Him to continue to bless me and my family.
- This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday, March 29, 2011