INTERVIEW BY BETH MBATIA | STRAIGHT TALK
Perusing through various actors and stars from Nollywood, here comes one of noble character with a pose of great standards high enough to inspire the Kenyan youth. Truly for Jim Iyke, there’s more to life than routine scenes where a Director dictates his role to Smile, Camera and Action!
His vision on common taboo topics such as Drugs, Pregnancy, HIV and Aids are worth every piece of wisdom. This would surely slap a stint of dismay for those who thought all celebrities live a carefree and indecent life.
In his own words , “I don’t drink alcohol. Anything nonalcoholic is my leisure with a night out at a dinner restaurant.” Ike says confidently.
Recently he toured Nairobi on a two day Charity Project aimed to share his world of luxuries with that of the less fortunate youths and needy schools.
His trip to humble schools was put together by the Make a Change Campaign which is backed up by Jamaican dancehall Queen Cecile and Christopher Grey, their director and artiste manager. Both are dedicated Straight Talk ambassadors
He spoke to Straight Talk sharing his experiences and pouring his heart out in 11 Questions.
Q. Have you ever visited a VCT centre?
Yes, several times. As often as twice an year, I get tested.
Q. What are the main challenges for the Nigerian youth, maybe in comparison to Kenya?
Well I can’t speak for Kenya since I don’t live here. For Nigerian youth, apart from challenges such as not achieving their full potential they lack self-confidence. They end up in negative vices and activities leading them to miss out on the good things in life. Also parents don’t show support, which makes youths not know their self-worth.
Q. What can you tell the youth about drugs and substance abuse?
There’s never a sweet story that comes out from drugs. It self-destructive, that’s why I am a tea person,. When I am involved I am in-depth into something, like once upon a time alcohol was my adrenaline.
Q. What is the biggest challenge you had as a youth?
I was struggling while growing up. I hadn’t realized my potential. Later on I decided to go for my dreams and that’s where I am today. Back then, there was little guidance or direction to my future.
Q. What would you have been if you weren’t an actor?
I would have been a Financial Analyst; I like numbers and predicting the market. Helping the economy grow and making money.
Q. What advice do you have for the Kenyan youth?
Have self-confidence, know yourself. This will help you know yourself worth and fight for your dreams. You should also strive to self-independence. I have observed a person without arms in Nigeria who drove a car alone very well.
Q. What would you do if you find out that your HIV positive?
Well, life is all about happiness. HIV victims can be happier than billionaires. You should find happiness where you are and also apply this principle to relationships as well. Those who segregate people with HIV are sad individuals who want to spread their personal pains.
Q. Have you ever dated more than one woman at a specific time in your life?
I prefer not to disclose my personal life, inclusive of whether am married or single. I keep it away from the lime light.
Q. What is your opinion about abortion?
As a liberalist, I take the situation to be relevant on different circumstances. For instance what would you grant a raped child’s wish through unwanted pregnancy? I take it to be lesser of two evils not forgetting to mention incest.
However, men should man up to their responsibilities. It takes two to make a baby. In 2013 there shouldn’t be stories of out of wedlock babies.
Q. Whats your take on teenage pregnancy?
There should be openness in African parents to their children. Teens get pregnant today because parents weren’t involved in every aspect of their teens life. There’s should be coexistence and open door policies between parents and their children. My parents used to talk about body parts to us.
Q. What are your views on contraceptives and early marriages?
Well , if someone wasn’t to be with a woman / man they should do it responsibly and commit.
There’s no problem with early marriages. So long as there are blessings and a plan on how to manage your family. Being a young person is not an excuse to failure.
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