Yemi Blaq is not an actor that courts media or public attention at the easiest opportunity. This Ondo indigene shies away from public attention and strives to live a life devoid of fame or fanfare.
In a rare chat, Blaq explains why he is not the regular actor. “My aims and vision were just to be a good actor. To be good at what I do, to be recognised for it, to be able to do the job for a long time, I love the fact that acting gives me the chance to live many lifetimes in one so for me, that was basically all.
“Not for the fame nor really for the money, I mean it’s good to make a living out of it but I wasn’t focused on just doing it because I want to be famous.
Quite contrary to what one would expect as an actor, I’m not one that seeks fame that much, fame is not something that I’m comfortable with, I like to be anonymous, I’m a simple person and for me, it’s just to get the job done, what I love doing,” he told The Nation as the chat commenced.
Quite witty with a sharp mind, Blaq says he began acting professionally with a focus of being true to himself till the public recognises his God-given talent. “I think it’s important to keep on being yourself and being true to yourself so over the years people will see that and respond to it.
So for me, coming into the industry, I didn’t come on the strength of hype, I came on the strength of my God-given talent and that is what I’ve used so far and in the confidence that is also reposed by the public who consume the product of my talent.”
Blaq has been nominated for several movie awards and has won quite a number with the biggest being Best Actor in a Leading Role at the AMVCA for his role in the film, My Idol and Best Kiss in a movie at the BON awards for his role in Obsession.
He says the yearn to act has always been in him when he was much younger. “For me, acting has always been it. Since I was young, I have always had the flair for acting, telling stories in a more dramatic way and always been in the midst of art and artistic impressions, so for me, it’s always what I love doing since I was a kid and I didn’t even have to think about it, it was not a conscious effort, I just knew I was going to be an actor and that was the path that I always towed.”
Unknown to many, Blaq is a singer and rapper. Though he rarely displays the attributes, he says he just wants to do what he loves doing and does it without attention if possible.