“Dreams are what keep us going, but the passion to pursue is what matter most,” says S. Karie Walker, popular known as John Flomo. “It is upon this belief that I have built myself a reputable career as an actor from poverty to success.”
Recently, John and his fellow comedian Isaac Sunday Sieh, another famous locally-based actor commonly known as Paul, signed a contract worth more than US$ 24,000 with telecommunications operator Cellcom, to be the company’s brand ambassadors.
After signing with the company, comedian John Flomo bought himself a brand new car.
“I endured lots of hardship just to reach this far, and this is just the beginning of my accomplishments,” John said excitedly.
Arguably one of the hottest new Lollywood stars, John Flomo has said that his passion to succeed as a comedian in Liberia was marred by disappointment and setbacks. But regardless of the pains, “hope” kept his dream alive.
“Life was hard, so hard that at times I had to beg people just to earn a living. I could not even afford money to buy L$15 candle, and sleeping with friends was an every day thing,” he narrated. “I was often overlooked by my peers, just because things were hard on me.”
He has disclosed that poverty droved him out of the University of Liberia and there was no other option, and the only option was to focus on his career as an actor.
“I was laughed at from the beginning, and people said that making movies in Liberia was useless and that there was no benefit in being a Liberian movie star,” John reflected, adding, “But they were entitled to their opinions and I didn’t have to go along with what they said. As God would have it, I didn’t give up and many Liberians have been generous and supportive of my career.
“I don’t have any formal training for acting. But my talent is a gift from God and I have used it to nourish myself,” he said.
“Comedy has been my passion since childhood and by the middle part of 1997, I began practicing it as a drama from group to group. But it was really difficult for me to break into Lollywood,” he admitted.
His first movie, “Samaguan in Love”, went viral, and since than he has had over 30 short films to his credit.
According to him, his plan is to make people laugh and there is nothing that seems serious to him.
He also said that making people laugh helps them to overcome their stress and worry, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.
“I’m just the way you see me in movies. It’s very difficult for me to be serious as everything that is surrounding me is comedy,” he disclosed
The comedian said, “I am also involved into charity work with the John and Paul foundation, headed by our manager Dream Debo.”
He said the J&P Foundation visits the homes of the less fortunate, Ebola victims, and sick patients in hospitals.
However, he said his visit to these places is just to make people laugh and as well as to share much needed assorted items (rice, soap, blankets, etc), things that will be to keep their hope alive.
“I don’t have much, but this is my way of giving back to the Liberian society that has made me,” he said.
“I’m the kind of person that loves everybody and will strive to be submissive always.
“Critics are those that made me, since they are the ones that kept motivating me to improve every single day,” he said.
“Never you give up on your dream. I will forever remain grateful to Liberians for supporting my efforts.”