September 9, 2017 – Dakore Akande’s Brother, Timini Egbuson: I Go Naked To Pray When Life Gets Really Tough
See excerpts of Dakore’s younger brother, Timini Egbuson’s interview with TS Weekender.
You studied Psychology at University of Lagos. Why Psychology when you knew you had flair for acting?
The plan was to be a child psychologist because I really like children and I wanted to try and see what I could do to make a mark on the development or process of children in Nigeria. But as I went ahead studying psychology and was ready for my Masters; that was when I went for Tinsel auditions. After graduation, I needed a job and the job that was ready for me didn’t have anything to do with Psychology. It was a sales and marketing job in an e-commerce company and I got the job. I was there for two years, acting on the side, and then I went for Shuga audition, and when I got the role, it changed my life.
Your goal to become a child psychologist, is it still on track?
It is still on track, but to be honest, I don’t see me pursuing that in the nearest future, maybe five years down the line. Right now, I am focusing on acting and some other businesses that I am involved in. I don’t want to be a jack of all trade.
Your sister must have been of influence to you, I’d like to know how?
She is like a role model. I look up to her in terms of life generally, even aside from career; she is an amazing woman. The values that she holds in life are stuffs that I have emulated. I think that’s what has brought me to where I am today. If you ask around, everyone will tell you that I am a good person, so basically, that’s what it has been. She’s been like a role model. She was successful in acting and I saw that success is something that can happen; it is something you can sustain. You can have life; you can have everything you need.
It’s like going into a career, you want to go into farming and you know a farmer that is successful. That gives you the hope, the motivation to actually dive with both feet in and see what can come out of it. So, for every step of the way, she has pushed me, she has motivated me.
Are you saying that without your sister you might not have been an actor?
No. I feel acting could have found its way. Even from University and places I go, my friends will say something like ‘ah, Jimmie dey act oh’. My name used to be Jimmie before I made conscious efforts to go with my native name, Timini.
How do you deal with challenges?
I surround myself with positive people because I really believe in vibes. I have a very good relationship with God and I feel like if you go naked in front of Him, He will cover you up and that’s what’s He’s been doing.
I want to make you go naked in the literal sense?
Funny enough, I go naked and pray sometimes when the matter gets really tough.
Having such passion for children, are you making any conscious efforts towards supporting children?
I do that but I’m very quiet about it. Also, I have a mentorship programme that I do. So, basically it’s 10 guys every year. I make conscious efforts not to talk about it.
Where would you be in five years?
I want to be the best. I want to be a leader in my industry. I want to be the best at what I do. This acting thing, the funny thing is, you learn everyday about it. It is not something that you can completely know; so every character you play is an opportunity to learn more. I am looking forward to Shuga now because I am going to learn from some amazing directors, it is going to be like school again. In five years? I want to be one of the best actors in Africa, possibly done something internationally, like Hollywood. It would not be a bad thing to be in Power or Game of Thrones. It wouldn’t be bad to put Nigeria on the map in that regard and I think I have the talent.