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Why I never allow my head to touch the ground in the name of ifa or play gay roles – Ibrahim Chatta

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Prolific actor, Ibrahim Chatta, opens up on his professional life.

In an interview with Sunday Scoop, the seasoned actor revealed why he cannot use his head to touch the ground in the name of ifa or play gay roles.

Stress that though he considers himself a consummate professional when it comes to acting, he does not like acting as a homosexual.

he said, “This is sensitive but it is the truth. I don’t like playing gay roles. I cannot be touched by another man. I act roles of an herbalist but I cannot act the role of using my head to touch the ground in the name of ifa; not even for money. No amount of money will make me bow to any small god. I can only bow to Allah.”

The actor who just welcomed a baby girl also noted that though he would have loved to, he wasn’t in the labour room with his wife. He said, “She was delivered of the baby at a hospital in Ibadan and I was on set in Ajah, Lagos. I just went home the day after and right now, I am back on set.

 

“To conceive and to be delivered of a baby is in the hands of God. The woman doesn’t know the month or day she would be due. It was not the day my wife was due to give birth that she had the baby. For my first child, Malik, I got a private ward and private theatre in order to see the baby being delivered.

“My wife understands the husband she married and this is something we have discussed even before we got married. With my kind of job, the show must go on, even if one is dying. The only time one cannot continue with my kind of job is when one is dead.”

The actor also insisted that when it comes to having children, he doesn’t consider one gender to be above the other. He added, “There is no gender that is not good. In Islam, the female child is very sensitive to take care of. I am a Muslim and it is believed that we are the elders and we will be questioned about our wards on the Day of Judgment. It is very delicate to care for a female child and they are held in very high esteem in Islam. We must take care of every child, regardless of the gender. I love my female child and I don’t show preference. Every child is a gift from God.”

Speaking on his current projects, Chatta said, “I have no regrets in life. There are a lot of people out there dying to be where I am. Right now, I am planning my retirement but I am trying to work on my own project. It is a movie titled, Voiceless, and it will take me 32 days. The movie is all about lending our voices to correct the ills in society. The story is a simple one about how a 11-year-old girl was raped by seven wealthy university students. They molested her to the extent that she had to start using diapers. At the end of the day, the culprits were not punished. It is basically about speaking for those people whose voices are ordinarily not heard. For my other project, I would be using about 200 nurses and 2000 cast members.”

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