December 11, (THEWILL) – Nigerian actor, songwriter and model, Folayemi Olatunji, popularly known as Yemi Blaq, has disclosed that he does not like the publicity that fame brings.
In a recent interview where he was asked if he ever regretted being famous, he replied, “I don’t like the publicity that comes with being famous. I love my job a lot, I love the arts, but it is the fame I am not sure of because I am not someone who wants to be recognised all the time. That is something that happens to me all the time.”
In the course of the interview, he also revealed what real wealth meant to him as an actor.
He said, “I am comfortable and my real wealth is knowing that I touch people with my talent. I know people see me and they appreciate the work that I do. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. Some people will say they see my movie and it feels so real and it doesn’t feel like I was acting. When I step on a set, I don’t want it to look like I am acting. I want it to be real.
“The fact that I am achieving that is a real wealth for me. The fact that it makes people happy also makes me really happy.”
This is not the first time Yemi has spoken about disliking fame.
“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,” the actor revealed sometime in 2020.