Fast-rising Nollywood actor, Joseph Momodu, popularly called Joromi, tells Sunday Scoop about his journey to stardom and he has used what he has to get what he wants
Before acting, what were you doing?
I started my career in modelling. After school, I went into acting. I studied Mass Communication at Delta State University, Abraka.
Did you deliberately build your body for the movie industry?
I had a good body structure from day one because I’ve always played basketball but I had to improve it by exercising in the gym. I was just lanky and straight; there was no muscle and flesh. So while I was doing all that to have more strength for basketball, I didn’t know it would eventually help for acting and modelling.
Are you also making enough money?
Of course, I’m making money. Though the pay isn’t much but since it’s consistent, it’s good. The gigs are coming and with the money, one can live an average or comfortable life. I am also a brand influencer; it’s one of my side hustles.
Do you use the sexual performance enhancement products that you advertise?
I use them but whenever I want to ‘do’ (have sex), I inform my woman that she should prepare for fire. I just tell her that we are not going out today and that we will have fun all through today. I have used it twice so I can attest to its effectiveness.
How does your woman cope with advances from your female fans?
She has still not coped until now. Today she may tell you she understands, but she still fights me over it. But on my part, I try to remember who I am and that I have a partner. So I try to achieve a balance between my relationship and my acting career. I’m a faithful man.
Why do you like to flaunt your sexuality?
I don’t like to show it but people just want to give me roles that will show it. I’m an entertainer and can’t continue to tone it down if it’s what I’m called for. I think my looks are an advantage; it’s what makes filmmakers give me certain roles. When I was modelling, I used to reject shoots that required me to pose nude but overtime I succumbed and had my first nude shoot in April 2019. I’m trying to tell you that I don’t do it personally but my profession requires it. Use what you have to get what you want. Use your selling point to excite the crowd.
Have you ever played any gay role in a movie?
I have never acted in a gay film but if the money is special, I’ll do it. If the money is worth it, why not?
How does your mum react to what you do?
My mum has always been my backbone and staunch supporter but for the first time in my career, she cautioned me about a photo shoot in which I carried a woman with very big buttocks. She said, “How could you carry a woman like that? How much did they pay you? Please, reject such jobs; I don’t want it for your brand. Delete all those photos on the Internet.” For the very first time, she criticised me point-black. She had always loved all my jobs but for that particular photo shoot, she scolded me.
I’m lucky my mum doesn’t go on Instagram so she doesn’t see some of my works on the photo-sharing platform. However, the lady was wearing a G-string and bra but people didn’t see them because of the angle of the shot.
Do you consider yourself as one of the sexiest men in Nigeria?
I don’t like to sound cocky but I am one man that has good looks and presence. Even before I became known in the movie industry, I had always received compliments for my looks and physique.
The compliment was normal for me even before the fame came. But last year, I was invited by a magazine. I didn’t know they were profiling the sexiest men alive.
I, Iyanya, and a model called Fine did a photo shoot. People voted on Instagram and I won. I can boldly say that I’ll make it to top ten in Lagos. I know I’m good-looking and sexy.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
After I featured in Simi’s Joromi music video, the fame came but the money was not coming. I didn’t have a car so I had to take Uber, Taxi or BRT, but people still recognised me. One day I took a tricycle and a female fan recognised me. She wanted to take photos and video. Honestly, I only had N500 on me but I had to pay for everyone’s fare, leaving me with just N100. She asked me why I was taking a tricycle since I was popular. After that month, I had to get myself a car and thankfully those days are long gone.
Do you get sexual advances from men?
These things come with the entertainment industry. There are people with different sexual orientations that rule the industry. The bigger you become, the more you come in contact with them but it’s a choice to say either yes or no. I get advances from them every day just like I get from women.
How do you like your woman?
I like my woman to be slim, curvy and light-skinned. I also love a good-looking woman; even at night when she wants to sleep, she should look good or attractive for me.
Are you planning to marry soon?
There are certain things you must consider before setting down. I’ll rather stay single if I’m not capable of adding another person and her family to mine. I have to be financially, emotional and mentally ready. If you’re not ready to accommodate your woman’s family, you are planning to ridicule yourself. There is pressure on me to get married.