When you talk of probs and set designs in Nollywood movies,the name Dj Sele becomes a necessity. The Edo state born creative designer has achieved much in his profession and earned so much credit and awards to himself.
Sele O Sele has many films to his credits most of which are big hits and awards winning films and has worked with all the notable and reputable names in Nollywood from actors to Producers and Directors.
He has also trained so many in the area of props and sets designs.He is a peace loving and easy going person, always willing and ready to give help and support when the need arise.
Sele o Sele is hard working and can work in any condition, he is never tired and believes the best is never enough,to him everything is possible in the world of film making and like to make something out of nothing.
A believer of God and a respecter of African traditions. Voice of Ndigbo had a little time with him.
You are popularly known as Dj Sele ,Is that your real name?
No, at a point in my life I was a Dj and even many years after I have left Dj biz, the name refuse to leave.
What made you leave the music industry to film making?
Not like I left the music industry, just a shift. Who knows anything can happen tomorrow. I still write songs when ever the inspiration comes.
You’ve been in the movie industry for quite a longtime,what are the experiences you’ve gathered ?
By the special Grace of God I have lost counts of my jobs. Some of them are very challenging, some are not too much, but I must tell you that every job has its own challenges. Experience has taught me as a film maker that everything is possible and never give up.
You’ve been a leader in CDGN,Whats CDGN?
CDGN stands for Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria. One of the major guild and associations in nollywood. CDGN is the creative department of nollywood. No film can be made without its member.
Members are Make Up of Artists, Costumiers, Set designers and property manager which is popularly called props manager. So in every film you have members of the guild in the production. CDGN is the only guild that has sub guild or departments as you may call it ,within it.
You are the CEO of SOS Crew, Whats SOS Crew and what do they do?
SOS taken from the name sele o sele is my company and we are into movie productions, production designs. Sometimes we do events, we do decorations and floats for carnivals.
You ventured into movie producing,whats your latest?
THE ESCAPE, is my latest in the market. its a family story and tells of a young girl who took everything for granted and live a good life because the father was rich. I have one being edited in the studio,that one is titled THE LAST PROPHET.
A lot of people see the industry as fanfare, is it true? have you ever thought of walking away?
Never, for me the way you make your bed, thats the way you lie on it. Different people with different reasons of why they are here.
Lets go back to CDGN, are you the current president?
No, I am the immediate past chairman ENUGU STATE Chapter. Lets just say the members love and accept me in all the chapters.
What where your strides when you were the Chairman of Enugu State chapter of the guild?
Leading people of different background is not an easy thing to do but we were able to do that, they even wanted us to remain in power. We were able to organize a beauty pageant, Nollywood Face of creativity.
With your popularity are you going national for any seat in the Exco?
This is a million question, first leadership is not about popularity it’s about what you can offer. Friends and colleagues want me to contest at the next election which comes up later in the year but am still consulting.
You’ve made a power statement, leadership is not about popularity it’s about what you can offer. What would you say to fans looking up to you?
Without praising myself, i want to say I will always be remembered as one who came and made something out of nothing, one who believed that nothing is impossible, one who believes in good name than riches.
I heard that a creative award is coming up, when will that be?
Most creative award. The award is to honour some members and other film maker and that will be the first the guild will be organizing such. We have renamed the award and rebranded it and its coming up by MAY this year and it will be called CDGN creative achievers award
Alright,Thank you for having this time with us,we hope to have this time with you again.
Voice of Ndigbo Wishes this amazing adorable creative Gentleman Sele O Sele success in all his endeavour as he keep brightening up the face of Nollywood. We look forward seeing much of your work.
Some work of DJ Sele /on set