Joseph Benjamin is a Nigerian actor, model, singer, voice-over artist, film producer, and television presenter. Also, he is a multi-award winner and has starred in numerous movies. Generally, he is known for co-hosting the reality show, MTN’s Project Fame.
Benjamin began his professional career in the 90s and to date, has remained evergreen in the entertainment industry both locally and internationally.
Joseph Benjamin Early Life
Joseph Benjamin was born on November 9, 1976, in Lagos state. He hails from Kogi state. After the completion of his primary and secondary school education in Benue and Lagos State respectively, he attended UNN. At the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), he bagged a Diploma in Computer Literacy.
Joseph Benjamin Career
Joseph made a screen debut at the age of 12 in the ultimate kiddies show, Tales by Moonlight. Beginning from the 80s, the show aired every Sunday on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). In 1995, he debuted in a movie, Crossroads alongside Ramsey Nouah, Sandra Achums, e.t.c. Since then, he has continued to feature in award-winning movies and has never failed in delivering his roles perfectly.
In the movie industry, Benjamin is one of the most sought-after male lead actors. He successfully starred in Rebecca (2016), Isoken (2017), Affairs of the Heart (2017), Stripped (2013), Tango With Me (2010), Mr & Mrs. (2012), Murder at Prime Suites (2013). He has starred in over 40 films.
Additionally, he has worked with A-list actors like Genevieve Nnaji, Monalisa Chinda, Joke Silva, Funke Akindele, Desmond Elliot, Chioma Chukwuka, Ini Edo, etc.
In 2009, he began co-hosting MTN’s Project Fame, West Africa. MTN Project Fame is a reality and talent competition show created with the aim of discovering youths with raw musical talents. Co-hosting the show brought Joseph to limelight. He co-hosted six seasons with Adora Oleh and the seventh season with Bolanle Olukanni.
Joseph has worked with several companies either as a brand ambassador or voice-over artist. He has even modeled for numerous companies. Altogether, some of the brands he has worked with include; Indomie, MTN Nigeria, Coca-Cola, Crusader Insurance, INTELLOME, Samsung, Thermocool, Guinness, Nestle, etc.
Joseph Benjamin Personal Life
He was married for 8 years and is blessed with two children – a girl and a boy.
He has appeared in series of movies and television shows. Some of which include;
- Cross Roads, 1995
- Deadly Mission, 2003
- Jungle Ride, 2009
- Spellbound, 2009
- Kiss and Tell, 2010
- Kidnap, 2010
- Tango with Me, 2010
- Mr and Mrs, 2011
- Courier, 2011
- Stripped, 2012
- Married but Living Single, 2012
- Tom, 2012
- Darkside, 2012
- Faith, 2012
- Contract, 2012
- Murder at Prime Suites, 2013
- First Cut, 2013
- Torn, 2013
- Mum, Dad, meet Sam, 2014
- A Few Good Men, 2014
- Blind Promise, 2014
- Secret Box, 2014
- Folly, 2014
- The Grave Dust, 2015
- Iyore, 2015
- Matters of the Heart, 2015
- Mum, Dad Meet Sam, 2015
- Miss Teacher, 2015
- Omoge Ofege, 2015
- Rebecca, 2016
- Beyond Blood, 2016
- Judas’ Kiss, 2016
- Isoken, 2017
- Affairs of the Heart, 2017
- Dance to My Beat, 2017
- Memoirs of 4, 2018
- Love Birds, 2018
- The Love between Us, 2019
The Television series include;
- Cross Roads, 1995
- Deadly Mission, 2013
- Just Me, 2005
- Travails of Faith, 2005
- Edge of Paradise, 2005 – 2006
- Young, Single and Free, 2005 – 2006
- Super Story, 2007
- Bachelors, 2007
- 168 A Love Story, 2007
- Addiction, 2012
- Tinsel, 2008-2013
- Desperate Housewives Africa, 2015
- Incensed, 2017
In 2016, Benjamin released his debut single titled Joy. The song was produced by Mosadoluwa Adegboye (Mosa). Subsequently, in 2017, he released his sophomore single, So In Love.
He was also featured in Nana Adwoa mix of Wonderful God (2017).
Joseph Benjamin Net Worth
Benjamin is one of the most sought after influential actors in Nigeria. And his net worth is estimated at $1 million by austine media.
Awards And Nominations
- Best Actor ‘Jungle Ride’, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2010 (Nomination)
- Best Actor ‘Mr. & Mrs’, The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCAW), 2011 (Nomination)
- African Actor of the Year ‘Married but Living Single’, African Film Awards, 2012
- Best Lead Actor, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2012
- Best Actor in a Leading Role, Nollywood Movie Awards, 2012
- Outstanding Male Act, Abuja International Film Festival, 2012
- Outstanding TV Presenter (Entertainment Talk/Show) (Male), Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award, 2014
- Golden Actor, Golden Movie Awards, 2015 (Nomination)
- Best Actor ‘Rebecca’, Nigerian Entertainment Award, 2016
Joseph Benjamin Quotes
“Stop seeking people’s validation. The value you place on yourself will determine the value people place on you.”
“Diamonds in their rough state, do not exude the beauty that makes hearts yearn for it. It has to be refined to be defined.”
“Embrace the path that is before you. If things were put out of place, on the course of the journey, put them back in line as much as is within your ability.”
“Carve the good memories you have created into the depth of your heart. Those memories will create a happy place for you to hold onto always.”
“The progressional drive of life is to keep going.”
“You need some people in your life. The ones who will look at you, and tell you the plain and honest truth no matter how it hurts.”
“Until Lions tell their story, people will always take the hunter’s version as the truth.”
“Never allow people, who know nothing about your future, direct your present. They might just end up leading you back to your past.”
“Do not allow the long stretch or the process discourage you. Keep your eyes on the distance, you have to cover immediately.”
“Take that step, if you fail, you try again. Some people prefer familiar bondage to foreign freedom. Get out of your own way.”
“Destiny calls forth to those who will align with their purpose. Destiny is not determined by your intentions, but by divine directions.”
Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life Of Joseph Benjamin
Joseph Benjamin’s driving force is to surpass every standard he set for himself. We can see that he has successfully been doing that despite all odds. He believes that, in life, one should continuously move forward and not backward. From his life, we can see that he has never fallen below the line. He has moved from one height to greater heights.
To succeed in life and in business, you must set standards and believe in the phrase ‘I Can’. You have to make progress in life because anything that is not growing is dead. So, if you can’t jog, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. The most important thing is to not remain complacent.
One does not wake up and attend the peak of ones’s career just like that. Personal development, hard work and consistency is the secret. Obviously, Joseph Benjamin didn’t become an A-List Actor or TV Presenter over-night. A lot of hard work and commitment went into it.
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