Name: Bienvenu Lukoki
Age: 42-years of age
Occupation: I am a film-maker
Relationship Status: I am married to Malu da Silva Lukoki
The man behind one of Namibia’s most anticipated television productions this week sat down with Metro to discuss how he finally comes to see a dream he had come to fruition against all the odds.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are playing the drums and keyboard.
What project are you currently working on?
I am currently working on the filming of season two of The 3rd will.
How did you join “The Third Will” team?
I am the founder and director of the Third Will series. It was an idea that I came up with nearly ten years ago. I always wondered why it was that we did not have any local series playing on our broadcasters when it was clear we had the talent required, so I wrote a script.
What has been one of your most embarrassing moments?
My most embarrassing moment was back in the days. During a performance I was singing a song and it was a live performance and without knowing I stepped on top of the microphone cable and the microphone stopped working and without being aware of the incident I continued singing. The crowd stood still and were looking at me weirdly and that’s when I realized that my mic wasn’t working.
What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is blue because blue is peaceful and I am a peaceful guy.
Having been in the film industry so long what challenges have you faced?
The most challenging part about the film industry is the lack of financial support, but I didn’t let that stop me from doing what I am passionate about. We all need money to do things but we cannot allow the lack of money to stop us from living our dreams! Where there is a will there is always a way!
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Audiences can expect a lot of local television series. If no one will step up and do it, I shall do it.
Who is your dream date and why?
My wife of course!!
What special talent do you have that people don’t know about?
People don’t know I play the drum and keyboard.
What is the most important thing an entertainer should know?
An entertainer should know how to please the public and know what the public likes and wants to see.
What is your favourite meal?
My favourite meal is Fumbwa, Makayabu and pap. I love my traditional food from Angola.
Describe your perfect weekend?
My idea of the perfect weekend is me spending time with my beautiful wife or watching soccer because I’m a big Chelsea fan!
Who is the one person that you’ve met that has given you a different prospective on life?
The people that inspire me most are firstly my papa, Pastor Haruna Goroh, and second my former boss, Coenie Botha.
What do you think could be done to help better the film sector of Namibia?
More people need to step up and more companies need to support the local film industry, but film-makers should also put in the effort of providing good entertainment.
What phrase or saying has gotten through the darkest times in your life?
Where there is a will there is a way!