Nollywood actor, Ramsey Nouah, who doesn’t really talk much about his past, revealed in a recent chat with Stargist the hardship he faced as a kid. This has made him the man and actor that he is today.
Ramsey Nouah explained that he had to live on the streets and slept in a shanty on a mat with his mother every day before he got his big break in Nollywood. He said:
“Those were the times when things got really bad for my mother and I and we had nothing. It was so bad that we didn’t have a home to live in. We had to stay in a store, one that could take only one mat. My mother and I squeezed ourselves in that mat. We didn’t even have a cup to drink water, talk more of a stove to cook on. My mother had to borrow, beg and stuff like that.”
I bet no one will imagine that the actor, who is regarded as one of the classiest actors in the industry, went through all this as a kid with a single mother. But it shows that anyone can make it no matter how bad it may seem at the beginning.
Ramsey Nouah further explained how he had to beg with his mom just to get by each day and even criticized God:
“Those moments, those terrible moments we had nothing and we were living off people. People were just helping us out. There were times we didn’t have food to eat three or four days. You haven’t eaten and your stomach is rumbling but you don’t have any place to go. There was a time I lived on the streets, in shops. There was a time I slept under the bridge. It was unfortunate that there were no records so that we can have memories we could play back now. To me, I am so extremely grateful that I went through it. At that time, I hated everybody around me. In fact, I used to question why God was doing this to me. But I think God knew that I needed this for my future”
“These were moments when I was young. I didn’t realize the gravity of the poverty we were in. I couldn’t tell, but it was good orientation for me. Those were moments when I thank God for making me pass through, because they have sustained and helped me even as an actor. The ability to deliver all the roles they give me comes from having tasted both sides of the coin.”
It’s really great to see how far he has come, and a lot of stars have similar stories. It all goes to show that there will be always be a light at the end of the tunnel. If the light doesn’t come when you expect, the tunnel will only make you better and stronger.