October 1st, 2016 – Nigerian Actor Francis Duru: I Was Raised In Cameroon, My Wife & Children Are My Sustaining Power
Excerpts from Nollywood actor Francis Duru’s recent chat with Razzle Dazzle.
As a celebrity, how have you been able to keep a scandal free marriage?
Celebrity is a title; anybody can be a celebrity once you excel in what you are doing. That title does not stop you from doing the things that life demands from you. The concept of broken marriages in entertainment industry is a falsehood those in the media are peddling, and it is wrong because we have broken marriages in other professions.
So why do you build things around what doesn’t exist on people who are mortgaging their lives to expose social ills? When you stretch your hand towards my eyes because I am a celebrity, my individuality shows up and that is when I punch your face because my individuality is bigger than celebrity.
My perspective on celebrity differs; it’s like a shirt that I wear whenever I want to. It must not come near my family if it’s not adding value. My fans can leave but my wife and children stays; they are my sustaining power.
My fans can destroy me but my family will always be there to welcome me and that is what gives me life.
How about your family?
My family is good; my daughter is in second year at Babcock University reading international law and diplomacy. My son is in JSS 2 and my last child is in grade two.
How will you compare your life now as a born again Christian and what it used to be?
There was never a time a Christ like attribute was not there. I was an altar boy and at no point was spirituality decimated or relegated from my background. As a Catholic, you were born into the Catholic tradition and you understood that Catholic tradition was very sacrosanct; very holy that you must follow the rules which keep you within the place of spirituality.
So, the God factor was never taken away from me. The only difference is that when I came back from Cameroon and I started doing things for myself, I went Pentecostal but does that change the fact that I respect the Catholic tradition? No! The Catholic tradition remains my spiritual foundation.
Was it easy adapting to Nigerian environment when you returned from Cameroon? Adaptability is one of the things human being must possess; you must be able to adapt to situations and climatic conditions. As somebody at the peak of teenage years, it was the period of adventure whereby you explored anything that came your way and those are some of the basic things.