Nollywood actor Joseph Benjamin, is opening up on why he has been away from the entertainment industry for six years.
The actor, who is also a musician was by far one of the biggest and most promising actors in the industry in the early 2010s.
He stood out in the industry and was dominating his field, appearing in a number of blockbuster nollywood movies, and being heavily bankable.
Even though, he recently made a comeback in a movie produced by Mo Abudu, he had been appearing in random episodes of American movie productions.
Asked why he was off the Nigerian movie scene, Joseph said it was a personal decision.
He said “I know a lot of people thought I had lost it. They were confused. Trying to connect why I would make such a move.
“Like, you have such an amazing career going for you here, why would you just up and leave and go to an industry where you literally would have to start afresh.
“I had gotten to the point where I wanted more. And the industry at the time then was going through I would say, a remodelling. Trying to redefine itself.
“And for me, I felt like I had gotten to that point where there was not anymore growth for me, cuz you’re the only one who would obviously know how far you’re going.
“So I wanted to explore and I had always wanted to explore the industry out there knowing that it would be a task.
“So I said “let me go” and people would say “oh you have a career here”, that’s the thing, I’m the career. Wherever I go, the career goes with me. It’s not tied to a specific geographical location.
“And that’s how I moved and for like six years, I literally had to start from the beginning, but it was good. Good in the sense that it took me away from all that I had known to make me understand that there are other dimensions to this thing that you’ve thought you acquired so that you can grow.
“Because if you hold on to the old, there would be no way to see that there is room for improvement to become better. So that break helped me grow.”