It was another Leicester win in Nollywood when Daniel K Daniel beats Majid Micheal, Segun Arinze, Mike Ezuruonye, Van Vicker & Blossom Chukwujekwu to win the best actor in drama category at the 2016 AMVCA award.
Much as spotlight turned to the effort of young actor who stumbled on the acting trait when he accompanied a friend to an audition since the award, Views Channel engaged the boss man himself in an exclusive interview and he revealed all that was running through his mind before and after grabbing the award.
How do you feel finding yourself on the nominee list of the 2016 AMVCA Award?
First and foremost, I will say it is a big honor to be nominated because what that literally means is that I’m one of the best actors in Africa in 2106, no matter what anybody says Daniel is on the list of the best six actors in Africa in 2016 that alone was massive… the nomination alone when I got the message that I was nominated I was so happy… it was like my birthday because I was busy on set for another location during the nominee party. I was overwhelmed people started sending screen shots to my phone and I had to step aside to thank God cos it didn’t occur to me that I was going to make anything out of the Boss man character in “The Soldier Story”
What was going through your mind before the award ceremony?
Even if I don’t win, it’s good to get nominated it’s good to be on the list because the judges made this list out of hundreds of movies. Scrutinized all over Africa no just Nigeria… that’s big
What was the red carpet experience like for you?
Right from the red carpet, there was no pressure, I felt it was a honor to be there at all, it was a honor to be on that list… don’t get me wrong I worked hard enough to be on that list I merit it but let’s not kid ourselves, I wasn’t the most popular face on that list, there was no pressure… I was like the underdog, if you play Leicester city and win it fine and if you don’t (laughs)
How was your experience before the winner was announced?
At the event that evening, I had Iretiola Doyle and her husband sitting next to me on my roll, the show started and I had to wait till the tail end because out category was one the supposed big award on the night. We had to wait for two hours so I had to enjoy the show throughout. Then, the moment came for my category and when they started calling the names in the category I put my head down. The most shocking thing all through the award happened when people started cheering when my name was mentioned, I look up and I wondered where the support is coming from? Who am I? and the cheers got me scared cos from the look of things people want me to win and If didn’t win that will be bad, I became worried, Aunty Ireti tapped me and told me to put my game face on, then I looked up and said let the best man win… Kate hens*** took her time and announced the winner as DKD, it took a while before it clicked that I was the one because that was my nick name and I walked upstage to pick the award.
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