Igbokwe Chika Johnson, known in the make-believe world as Mr Smile is a Nigerian actor in the Malaysian movie industry and popular in the Asian movie space. Curiously enough, he has no Nollywood experience even though he has an international reputation as an actor of note. But his burning desire is to stamp his footprints on the sands of his fatherland.
“The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, is making waves around the world and I would love to be a part of that. I have not been able to work with anyone yet from the Nigerian entertainment industry but I am looking forward to that really soon. I have been talking to a few directors and producers, something great is coming really soon,” he said.
My biggest goals are to work with some great directors in Nollywood, setting up my own model agency company which I am actually doing as a freelancer, and having my own gym houses as well,” he said.
On the question of working in Malaysia as a black man, Igbokwe remarked that the experience has been good for him as he has integrated seamlessly into the culture even though the roles he plays are in English and not Malay as one may have expected.
“ I am blessed to be a black man. I always thank God for that. Living here in Malaysia has been great, it’s my second home and I love it here and all the people I have met see me beyond the color of my skin. Personally for me, we are all human beings and live under the same sky, no matter your skin color,” he declares.
“Thank God I have been able to work with lots of amazing people in the industry. I have done lots of advertisements and movies both local and international,” he added.
Igbokwe Chika Johnson began his journey into the entertainment space of Malaysia in 2011 by first shooting television commercials before his acting career had wings to fly. He has featured in many commercials and thus has carved a niche for himself as a public figure in the entertainment space.
Igbokwe has shot commercials for top brands like Reebok, Mentos, Caltex, Petronas, The Flutter in Indonesia, and Harpic, Wonda Coffee and many others and has done a lot of clothing prints and photo shoots too.
His acting career has seen him featured in local Malaysian films and the international as well. He has featured in Indian and Japanese-thermed movies.
Igbokwe Chika Johnson hails from Aguata local government area of Anambra State but he was born in Benin city Nigeria and grew up in Asaba, Delta State.
His moniker in the make-believe world is Mr Smile. He is also a talent agent whose major mission in life is to spread love and positivism around the world.