Liberia’s sole representative at this year’s ‘Next Movie Star’ competition, Esau Owusu Dahnsaw, has won three prizes, which he described as the perfect Christmas gift to his motherland, Liberia.
The Grand Bassa County native went to the grand final among seven Nigerians, but because of his incredible performance, he earned the ‘3rd Runner-Up’, ‘The Most Photogenic Competitor’ and the ‘Mr. Game Changer’ titles respectively, all of which happened through a modeling challenge in the house of the ‘Next Movie Star’ competition in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Cynthia claimed 1st place followed by Adetunji Adeoye as 1st Runner-Up, and Sandra Ifudu as 2nd Runner-Up.
“It was a hectic one. If you see me now, you will know how tense it was because I lost so much weight while making sure to live up to the rudiments of the show as well as coping with the Nigerian dishes,” Esau Dahnsaw said in an e-mail to LIB Life.
Dahnsaw’s 3rd Runner-Up award makes him the second Liberian to achieve such a status in the prestigious annual acting reality television show, after Avenette Sirleaf, alias Queen V, won the competition in 2008.
Since then, Liberia’s representatives in the competition have all ended in early evictions, with the last one being John P. Smith, who was dropped in the early hours of the 2013 show.
The ‘Next Movie Star’ competition seeks to prepare passionate movie practitioners into well-equipped future stars. The competition has produced many actors and actresses who have become household names in the African movie industry, with the likes of Tonto Dikeh, Uti Nwachukwu,
Annie Idibia, and the wife of 2Face Idibia, making the cut.
More than a million Nigerians, and many more people around the world, viewed the 11th Edition, titled “The Game Changer,” according to statistics by the organizers. The competition opened with 16 energetic contestants who entered the ‘House’ and tensely competed against each other, after two contestants had already been evicted during the training and grooming camp.
Meanwhile, as Dahnsaw prepares to return home to a rousing welcome, his compatriots in and out of Liberia continue to shower him with congratulatory messages, with some terming his trinity of prizes as another national pride for the country, worth celebrating during Christmas and beyond the New Year.