When model turned actor, Kenneth Okolie , released some of his wedding pictures online , from the comment sections of some blogs , it was evident that he had unintentionally broken some hearts.
Some ladies who drooled over his body aired their minds. Some went as far as pleading with the former second runner- up of Mr. World 2010 not to lose his ‘lovely physique’ .
During a chat with Saturday Beats , the actor reassured his fans that marriage would not change his physique as he was a fitness enthusiast.
He said , “Marriage is amazing and wonderful . My diet has not changed even as a married man and I have always been a fitness enthusiast, it is part of my lifestyle . A week cannot pass by without me visiting the gym to do at least a number of push- ups .
“ My wife knows this about me already ; I also try to encourage her to be a fitness enthusiast. I eat regularly but I cannot get fat, the worst that can happen is that my belly would get big. I won’ t get fat , it is in my gene. When my belly seems big , I just head to the gym, so marriage cannot change my hot body. ”
The actor told Saturday Beats that he never dreamt of becoming an actor but had to venture into the world of make -believe because models were not treated with respect in Nigeria .
Okolie said , “ I have always had a passion for acting . Even though I never dreamt of becoming an actor ; somehow , I found myself here. I just gave acting a shot and after I tried it , I never looked back . I started as a model while I was in school in Ghana . The only stint I had with acting was in secondary school , when we had a stage play.
“Even though people liked it , I never saw it as a big deal until I came back to Nigeria for the Mr . Nigeria contest . During the competition , I did a monologue and got a standing ovation for it . Since my flair for entertainment was still burning bright, I gave acting a shot .
“I dumped modelling for acting because people do not value models in Nigeria . Models are not regarded in Nigeria ; they just use us as hangers . They don’ t respect us but internationally, models are a big deal because without the models , you cannot sell your product. That is how they make the fame and money.
“In Nigeria , a designer can pay you about N 10 ,000 to wear their product and that is it. There is no respect . Even when I won Mr. Nigeria , there were some agencies and designers that made comments like, ‘ You are Mr. Nigeria , so what? Go and sit down . ’
“ When I saw that , I crossed over to acting and became popular . Now, those same guys are asking me to wear their clothes and that they would pay a lot of money . They are now the ones begging me to endorse their product. The truth is that I did not model for a long while in Nigeria because of all this nonsense . The disrespect really angered me , so I faced acting . I was only fulfilled as a model when I did it outside Nigeria because the respect was there .”