Nzeribe ‘Sambasa’ Chiedozie is a Nollywood actor and theatre practitioner. He plays the role of Suku in A Mile From Home.
What led you into acting?
The love for it and the fact that I studied my dream course. It has been a part of me since my mother introduced me to drama in the church when I was 9 years old.
How did you hear about A Mile From Home?
I was approached by the producer/writer of the movie while I was rehearsing at my department in school.
What was it like acting in an action packed drama production?
Cool, interesting but tough (very very tough). Being believable always when acting wasn’t easy due to situations and circumstances encountered at different locations when shooting the movie.
Did you have to learn new skills?
Yes, we had training sessions on how to hold and shoot a gun. I also learnt the reaction to the impact of a bullet on the human body.
How were you able to get into character?
I am a theatre practitioner. I studied in the university to become an actor and I learn every day when I walk on the streets. I take long works to meditate. So, when the director told me personally that he believes in me playing that role and after meeting the talented cast and crew, I blended into my character (Suku) smoothly.
How easy was it handling the props and making the action look very real?
Did you say easy? For me it wasn’t easy at all. A Mile from Home is not your everyday Nigerian movie. So, in using my props when the camera starts rolling, utmost concentration is needed. My lines, believability and gadgets involved must all be one in one moment.
Why should people watch this film?
This movie will make you proud of what can be achieved when you believe in your dreams. For the minds that came together to achieve greatness in delivery, message, concept and originality of a story that appeals to all ages, I guarantee that no second watching this movie will be wasted.
Who is your favourite actor?
I have a few: Richard Mofe Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Denzel Washington and Will Smith.
What is your favourite line from a movie?
“If killing is your only talent; that is your curse.” It is from Troy.
How do you spend your free time?
I am a movie freak. I love the indoor lifestyle and playing games especially Playstation soccer.
Which sports team do you support?
What does family mean to you?
Everything; my family means the world to me.
Interviewed by Isabella Akinseye.
Photo: courtesy of A Mile From Home.
This interview first appeared in Issue 03 of Nolly Silver Screen magazine.