Celebritywatch Entertainment correspondent Bibi Anne,caught up with the Nollywood versatile actor Yomi Fash lanso in his office where he gives an insight into his career and upcoming AHBEA awards in Houston Texas.
WHO IS YOMI FASH-LANSO?
He is a human creation,procreated by papa and mama, a Nigerian film actor.
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO STAY SCANDAL FREE?
As an actor I don’t see scandal as an obstacles, first things first am an actor and a family man, depends on how you want live, if you want to be in the public eye so be it and if you don’t want to be in the public so be it.so I have chosen not to be in the public eye.
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF ATTAINNING THIS HEIGHT IN YOUR CAREER?
It’s not been easy, what matters most is consistency, being focused, knowing what you want. We all know that when there is a coming together of people there is bound to be one or two issues. What is important is not doing what you know how to do best and not relenting that’s the spirit.
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE TO BE THE COORDINATOR OF THE AHBEA AWARDS?
The award came into existence in 2015 which was the maiden edition, the idea came about in 2014 when I was called upon to come up with an event of outstanding repute to be done outside Africa and the discussion was by a very good friend of mine. A promoter and the President of Afro heritage Entertainment, who lives in Houston.I came up with doing something like this and he bought it hook-line and sinker, so this awards came into being to honour African Entertainers who have spent well over 20years and above in the industry. He fell in love with the ideology behind it. The koko behind it is to use this platform to sensitize the Africans out there that we have Africans that are doing well and let them know that beautiful things are happening back home.
IN A NUTSHELL CAN WE SAY THAT THE AHBEA AWARDS IS ABOUT CELEBRATING LEGENDS AND ICONS IN ENTERTAINMENT?
Yes the AHBEA Awards is about celebrating legends and icons in the industry, we will also be having the post –humous category in the awards proper which hasn’t been done before.
WHY IS HOUSTON THE LOCATION?
In the whole of America Houston has the largest concentration of blacks. We want to tell Africans in diaspora about Africans who have done well and remind them of the forgotten ones.
ANY PLANS OF MOVING THE AWARDS FROM HOUSTON?
We have lots of people telling us to bring the award to their state or country, but we are still bidding our time, we are not in a rush.
WHY IS THE AWARDS NOT BASED ON VOTES
The Awards was established to celebrate the people who have stayed in the industry for 20years and above. We have an adhoc committee who looks into their profiles. Its not by vote but by nomination, if the award is based on votes it will negate our ideology.
WHAT ARE THE CATEGORIES ?
The awards cut across all genres of entertainment from music, film, broadcasting even does who are not core entertainer would be celebrated, because we want to let them know that Africans are doing best before this bad news about Africans, its only that people don’t read anymore to see the good works of the blacks, with their names written along with the dates of the good they achieved, the white-man will tell you that the black man is not good.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN COORDINATING AN AWARD OF THIS MAGNITUDE?
Going through profiles of entertainers and getting in touch with them. One thing about the AHBEA awards is that whether or not you attend the awards, you will be giving your awards once the committee singles you out, your awards will be kept for you, I still have the awards of winners who couldn’t make it such as Pete Edochie, Sadiq Daba and Ini Edo.
HOW DO YOU GET FUNDS FOR THE AWARDS?
A big shout out to all the committee members of AHBEA, they all have been putting something down from their pockets on the table to support the awards from the maiden edition till date because of the belief they have in the project. It’s been hard to convince sponsors to put money down because the event is not done in Nigeria. The corporate bodies are not seeing the fact that this is a huge platform on which their products can be showcased to Africans living in diaspora. We are celebrating Africans and this award can be beamed life.
I want to say a big thank-you to two people, Ibrahim dende who lives in ilaro, musiliu akinsanya (oluomo) who have helped in terms of tickets and hotel accommodation because we treat our stars like stars, it’s not easy putting people in a room that cost 250dollars per unit.
SIR IF I MAY I ASK YOU WHAT IS THE REASON WHY CORPORATE BODIES ARE NOT PUTTING DOWN THEIR MONEY TO SPONSOR?
I wouldn’t know, I can’t be there mouth piece, we are making enough noise, doing world press, If I was a brand manager, I would tap into it. Nigerians believe in man no man. We believe in creating a work synergy via AHBEA and connecting cultures and any brand that decides to come in would enjoy coming on board.
IS THEIR ANY PARTICULAR CRITERIA FOR PICKING YOUR HOSTS?
Yes check Uti and Ella mensah”s profiles they are well known in theirs fields, Uti has done well for himself in entertainment industry and Ella well known Ghanaian actress too.We are cutting across Africa continent.
ANY SPECIAL THING TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR AT THE AWARDS?
Yes there is but can’t disclose
LAST WORDS FOR YOUR FANS AND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE LIKE YOU?
I say a big thank you to all my fans across the globe,I appreciate them and to the upcoming that want to be like me plz”Don’t be like me, be like your father and mother and be yourself”.