“Why I’ve not being in the entertainment scene for a while” – Frank Donga

Famous comic, skit maker and actor Kunle Idowu, popularly known as Frank Donga, is one of Nigeria’s finest entertainers and creatives.

However, over the last few months, he has not been as active in the entertainment industry as he used to be.The popular comedian shared during an interview with Legit, his reason for leaving the entertainment scene for a while.

Frank incited that it boils down to his mental health and the need to ease the many pressures that constantly weigh on the shoulders of most creatives. In his words:

“I took a time out for myself. That’s one thing that many creatives don’t do enough of around the world, especially in Nigeria. There is so much pressure.”

He continued by sharing the different types of pressures creatives deal with; He added:“Pressure to stay relevant, pressure to create, pressure to make money, and the worst of all pressure to trend. There’s the need for creatives to take time out to reflect and revitalise their energy for their creativity to burgeon once again. People within the creative industry don’t take care of the mental health and it is a huge problem.”

Frank Donga also weighed in on the viral conversation about the pioneers of Nollywood. He shared during the interview what he considers to be the cradle of the Nigerian movie/television industry. He said: “The Nigerian movie industry has been around for years. I watched movies from the 60s and 70s, and what I noticed from those movies is that they had always encompassed all the tribes. So, I don’t particularly subscribe to the argument that one tribe owns the industry. However, I can say that NTA Ibadan is the cradle of Nollywood.”