People are shocked to learn I’m not stupid when they meet me – Actor Imeh Bishop Umoh

Nollywood comic actor, Ime Bishop Umoh, has in a recent interview revealed that people are most times shocked to see that he is an entirely different personality compared to his movies.

The comic actor popularly known as Okon Lagos while speaking during a chat with Saturday Beats stated that his love for food formed the basis of him turning out to be a good cook.

The comic actor who boasts of being a good cook said if he was deprived of food, he would cry.

He said: “I do chores; the once that interest me. I love food a lot. There is no food I cannot eat and once I crave a certain food, I cook it. I don’t place myself in a situation where someone would hold me to ransom by denying me food. You can do that with anything but if you try it with food, I can cry. I love food immeasurably. I thank God that I can cook anything. My mother taught me how to cook.”

Speaking to Saturday Beats, the actor added that people would sometimes see him off set and expect him to be stupid or dumb as the Okon character he takes on in movies.

He added that they were usually surprised to find out that he is a smart person.

Okon cited an example as he said, “There was a time when I was in the middle of a discussion with some people and I noticed a woman staring at me with her mouth wide open. She did not close her mouth or stop staring at me till I left the place and I knew it was because of the way I was handling the discourse intelligently.

He continued: “I don’t believe anyone is born dumb and for me, what you see on the television is different from reality. Like I always tell people, I have dual personality; I have the domestic and commercial life. What you see on the television is the commercial aspect of me, but when you see me physically, that is my domestic side.


“You cannot deal with the commercial aspect of me for a whole day without being frustrated because Okon cannot take a single instruction without causing headache. It is an unrealistic comedy, it is called exaggerative humour. I give my artistic dexterity to the public, they love it and I laugh all the way to the bank.


“I have a good sense of humour but it is not exaggerative. I don’t wear bathroom slippers and sagging trousers around my house; neither do I climb the fence instead of using the gate or shout at any little thing that frightens me when my wife is around. It cannot happen because I am the husband and the man of the house. I play with our children. I am a loving husband.”