LESSONS FROM RAMSEY NUOAH
Ramsey Nouah (born Ramsey Tokunbo Nouah Jr. ; 19 December 1970) is a Nigerian actor . He won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010. Nouah was born in Edo State to an Israeli father and a Yoruba mother who hails from Owo , Ondo State . He grew up in Surulere, Lagos , where he attended Atara Primary School and Community Grammar School. He obtained a diploma in mass communications at the University of Lagos , after which he pursued a career in acting. – Source Wikipedia
He didn’t have life easy while he was growing up. He was once quoted as saying, “I Slept Under Lagos Bridge; We Had Neither Cup Nor Stove”.
Read one of his interviews below:
Tell us about your growing up?
My growing up was like tasting the two sides of a coin. When I said tasting the two sides of a coin; I mean tasting being rich and being poor. I grew up with my mother, and with a silver spoon, I had it all. When I began to realize that I had good things to show off, everything disappeared. We started from grace to grass; that has helped me a lot because it totally balanced the equation of life. It gives me confidence in all spheres. For instance, I can hang out with the enlightened or the rich. I can mingle with them very easily without any complication or complex whatsoever.
Also, if it is the low class or poor people, I can mingle very easily with them. I can eat a fantastic dinner in a huge, expensive restaurant and I can go eat amala at a buka and I would not feel anything. I don’t care being a popular actor or a role model. I am a role model to everybody.
A whole lot of people define success as being rich and having it all. I define success as peace of mind. To me, I am successful; I do not owe anybody and I have a clean heart and clean spirit. I am a happy man from the inside; that makes me very successful. – Ramsey Nuoah
For you, what was the worst scenario when life was so cruel?
Those were the times when things got really bad for my mother and I and we had nothing. It was so bad that we didn’t have a home or shelter to live in. We had to stay in a store, a small store that could take only one mat.
My mother and I squeezed ourselves in that mat. We didn’t even have a cup to drink water not to talk of a stove to cook. And my mother had to borrow, beg and stuff like that. These were moments when I was young I didn’t realize the gravity of poverty we were in, I couldn’t tell. But it was a good orientation for me. It was moments that I thank God for making me pass through, because that has sustained and helped me even as an actor. The ability to deliver all the roles they give me because I have tasted both sides of the coin.
With all these experiences, what has life taught you?
Life has taught me never to look down on anybody because the person you disregard might just be your saviour tomorrow. I realized that all my mother’s property was washed away by rain. We couldn’t sleep all through the night because of the flood. It was really terrible. Like I said, it is a life lesson.
I am not Jesus and I am not here to save the world. I am just an actor. – Ramsey Nuoah
Is there anything that can make you cry or shed tears after all you passed through?
Yeah, those moments; those terrible moments when we had nothing and we were living off people. People were just helping us out. There were times we didn’t have food to eat three or four days. You haven’t eaten and your stomach is rumbling but you don’t have any place to go. There was a time I lived on the street, in shops. There was a time I slept under the bridge. It was unfortunate that there were no records so that we can have memories we could play back now. To me, I am so extremely grateful that I went through it. At that time I hated everybody around me. In fact, I used to question why God was doing this tome. But I think God knew that I needed this for my future.
1. Whatever your are passing through now, is to prepare you for your future and toughen you for the challenges ahead. It is an orientation for you equipping you with enough experience to help you adapt to life’s tantrums.
2. Learn to see the positives in every situation you find yourself. Now, this maybe difficult at the time when the problem is at its peak but if you can hold out you will see the positives.
3. At your lowest moments, make the best of what life throws at you. Seek help where you can find it and when it is necessary. There would be rejection but don’t let that stop you from seeking help, there are many good hearts out there that God can use for you especially when you have an idea of what you need.
4. Situations would arise that would make you question God, Life and all that you believe. These situations will pass and what you believe will be strengthen. But if you give up on all you believe, you have only given the situations power over you. Please don’t give up.
5. What is pure, what is beautiful, what is celebrated, what is honored all are products of hard work, rough times, days doubts and moment of weaknesses in the hands of a man who is determined, steadfast and focused.