Oluwatobi Bakre is one of the most talked about old housemates of the 2018 Big Brother Naija Reality TV show, also known as Double Wahala. As a photographer and former banker, Tobi supported conversations and discussions surrounding the three-month reality show from South Africa. Even after leaving the BBNaija House, Tobi remained a topic that was frequently debated among audiences and fans. In this interview, a graduate of the University of Lagos, currently in the film industry, Newton-Ray Ukwuoma talks about his new life, his passion and his aspirations. Excerpts:
How has it been since Big Brother left Naija House?
I've been able to leave Big Brother House (Naija) from Big Brother House and look at things so far, it's just a good year for me. It was great.
After four years, banking was boring?
The fact that I was a currency dealer was actually very interesting to me. I introduced security directly to the currencies. I worked at the money market table. It was interesting for me, but banking life is usually a bit routine. And I wish I did more than I did. I love photography. I wanted to be a media man. I'm not really an office guy. Usually it's a routine life, it's the same every day, but now the life I have is different, every day is different. I feel better. I feel like I'm living the lifestyle I have right now.
Big Brother Naija had participated in more than a million applications / auditions for the last show you had created in a Housemate, what would you do and what would you do if nobody knows Tobi now?
People knew Tobi Bakre before, but it wasn't on the scale. I am now much more international but still good in my area. If there was no opportunity at Big Brother, I would probably change jobs or I would be in the same job, but I still had to try other opportunities. And I was doing photography that I found very interesting.
Are you doing something about your photo?
Yes, I do a photo exhibition at the end of the year.
You're in the DSTV campaign, how did you get involved?
I'm in the DSTV campaign, promising versatility, which is what my brand is centered on, the ability to be something, more than one thing. This is really what the campaign pushed. You may be different things depending on what you want to be. You don't have to limit yourself to anything.
We saw you in a few movies. Is it one of the privileges of BBN or passion?
I wanted to work in the bank, always something more versatile, I wanted to be in the media, but at this point, I had no patience, or I told him that I could not start auditioning from the banking hall. At this time, many people can see what I can do and hire me for it.
Do you need professional training or do you feel natural?
In the end, I'm going to go to action school to just pass some of my teens and punctuate some, but usually acting naturally acts for some people and in some way for me. But I know I still have to brush. Interesting for me.
What's he got to do with acting?
I always wanted to take action. It was more than the platform. Now, everyone realizes I can do it on the show. That's why I take roles. Just do more and show the diversity of my passion for people.
How were you set up for the first time?
It was very strange. So, this is the first time. When I got there, was it, now you're trying to be someone you're not? ’He was thinking. But that's the subject of acting. Yes, it was interestingly strange. And it was difficult. And seeing the growth so far has really motivated me because I remember having to be two a week after seeing the development that I've impressed myself for the first time.
Were there people you admired before joining the film industry?
Yeah. Kunle Afolayan, Ramsey Nouah, AY, Genevieve, Rita Dominic ah because they are back again. And now I know I'm in the industry, it's easy to be criticized when you're outside, but you'll have more respect for those players when you're in. I respect the rush of young actors every day.
Who wants to take action?
All veterans, because older people have more to teach you about acting. I worked with Sola Sobowale. From day one, he had a lot to say to me. When you move with such people, you become a faster player.
Would you like to travel with Genevieve Nnaji?
Yeah. Nice to move with Genevieve. I said that. I want to say again that I can come from my dreams. From my mouth to God's ears: I want to be in one of the productions of Genevieve Nnaji.
You said something about not wanting to participate in the audition, that the sound is jealous?
This is not disdain. I mean, Big Brother gave me a platform to show people what I can do. Apparently, four years in banking and you can't start from scratch. You should know exactly what you want to do. I needed a platform, and being in Big Brother gave me the platform. Many people already know what I can do before I do this.
What do you like most about being an actor?
You have the power to be something. If you are given a scenario of whether you like the character or not, you need to play this part. Every role you give must be tough because you have to do it well. When they say a crazy man, I can put that out.
What kind of role can you not play?
When it comes to moving for me, when you have to be multifaceted, you can't really limit yourself because promising a large degree of immorality will not have a role.
The role of sex scene?
I'd think of it in Hollywood, but not in Nollywood.
What makes you different from other actors?
I have a Tobi vibe from some of the roles I play all the time. So, if you want your beloved boy Tobi, it's different from Pastor Tobi. In every role I play, I'm giving her a bit of personality. That makes me different.
Talking about love, Tobi, what is your relationship with Ceece?
Who is Tobi?
You almost saw him in Big Brother. This wasn't a part of me that I kept. A lot of people know me personally because they've seen me on TV for three months. I didn't hide anything.
What makes you cry?
Hunger. If I'm hungry.