From the heels of jumping from one casting centre to another, Ajidade Gbenro Emmanuel landed his big hit on Tinsel, Mnet’s multi camera series shot in Lagos, Nigeria by an all Nigerian Crew. The dashing young thespian reveals to Habeeb Lawal the journey that brought him this far.
Ajibade Gbenro Emmanuel describes himself as adventrous, easy-going, lovable, happy, down-to-earth, young man that is a little bit on the quiet side, a persona that is quite similar to the one he plays on Mnet’s Tinsel soap opera which now airs five days a week on their magic station. Playing the role of the photography loving, young Soji Bankole who is love struck with amiable, dashing and equally young Telema Duke.
The fourth out of six children born to Engineer and Mrs. Ajibade. He was born in Maiduguri, attended Makurdi international school, and then Mount Saint Gabriel’s secondary school and then rounded up at Benue state university with a degree in biology.
Gbenro honestly states that he had no intentions to act pre-Tinsel. He was a model who attended casting here and there and in was in this field that he landed his big role in the series.
Recounting how it all happened, “I got a text from my modelling agent that time (wild honey) Just like the way she does for every other castings, she hinted me about some commercial for mnet only for me to go late (well I was cooking, lol)and then they gave a script to read and then told me to act without the script. Trust me I felt like I was having fun and playing all the way only for me to get a strange call couple of weeks later that I was selected. I didn’t even believe all the while they kept on updating me until they invited me for some publicity shots and seminar with the rest of the lead actors”.
But like every fairy tale with glorious endings, it always starts with on a stormy note, Gbenro reminisces on his lowest moment ever “That was when our house burnt into ashes. We lost everything, but I thank God for today. I believe it happened for a reason. I see it more as a blessing in disguise”
Aside recording Tinsel, Gbenro is also a presenter on “Calabar Rocks” a show packaged by Storm 360. Gloating in awe of all the glamour, fame and fortune Tinsel has brought, Gbenro has this to say on a final note “It has been so much fun and I keep thanking God every day. I get to receive at least four emails everyday from fans across Africa. Bros bone, Tinsel dey try”