Ibe Ogbobuike Ibe (PhD), Victor Olalekan Olaiya, Favour Joe Chimara


African popular arts and entertainers have witnessed gradual shifts away from passive reception and followership to dynamic and vibrant engagements; occasioned by the proliferation of social media platforms. This research focuses on the Nollywood actor’s person and various onscreen-personae vis-a-vis the representation of self in real life and the character(s) portrayed onscreen. By examining the evolution of Sam Dede's acting career in relation to his person, this study seeks to unravel the extent to which an actor’s personal identity in the digital era influences his onscreen roles and activities. The study relies on Stanislavski’s Method and Goffman’s dramaturgical theories, which present multiple viewpoints for understanding how actors traverse the complex landscape of identity, character interpretation, and role internalization in their crafts in order to produce genuine performances while maintaining their own unique personalities. Through the use of personal interview as instrument of data collection, this study employs the survey research method and descriptive research design in a qualitative approach. In the end, it is found that there can be an intersection between the actor’s person and onscreen personae. The study also uncovers that distinctively, Sam Dede has developed a range of methods, which serve as toolkit he reaches regularly, to introduce unique character interpretations. Finally, this study recommends experimentation with diverse acting methods which should be diligently mastered and allowed to evolve with the times.


Identity, Representation, Nollywood, Interrogation, Intersection, Character, Sam Dede, Person, Personae.

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