“Very successful. In fact, 5 years is too much. Let God take me.”
Those were the words of Damian Ashinjo, 21, two years ago when he sat down with Benue.com.ng’s Martins Wanger and was asked where he saw himself in 5 years to come. Very few would have predicted that the soft-spoken baby-faced Damian will rise to international stardom in such a short period, but all didn’t appear on a platter of gold.
Damian, armed with raw talent and determination started honing his skills from his secondary school days in a minor seminary in Kaduna where he was involved in activities such as drama and debate.
However it was at College of Advanced and Professional Studies, CAPS in Makurdi that he started his career as a red carpet host, actor and radio presenter. He worked as the official presenter for Johnick’s Talent TV along side other talents such as Mnena Akpera. It was also during this period that he started modeling.
Damian later got admission into Benue State University in Makurdi, his local government of origin, to study Toxicology and Environmental Science as against his preferred choice of Medicine and Surgery; he wanted to take after his father who is a doctor. During this period, he’s hard work began to pay off. Besides featuring on most events as red-carpet host, Damian appeared on the cover of the maiden edition of Benue trends, a magazine publication of Benue.com.ng.
Year 2015 proved to be really successful for the youngster. He went on to win Rising Stars award for the On Air Personality of the year. Damian’s appearance in a short movie, Gray directed by Samson Oklobia earned him rave reviews that boosted his already rising profile. Coupled with his cute childish looks behind the camera, he got a decent deal with leading clothing outfit Nobel Clothiers.
Later that year, Damian along with 14 others were selected to receive training in film making at the Montana State University, in the United States of America courtesy of African International Film Festival, AFRIFF and the Ford Foundation.
Before the trip to America, Damian was off to Ghana to star in a commercial for Ghanaian telcoms giant, Tigo Ghana.
Thereafter, he proceeded to the US for the five-week training in which he excelled greatly. His play centred on dyslexia, a health condition attracted so much interest. His genuine love for medicine as shown through the play earned him an interview and admission into a University in Texas to study Medicine, his childhood dream. He also won a six digit photo shoot contract to appear on the cover of Montana University student magazine.
Damian has since returned to commence his studies in the US, however during a brief visit to Makurdi, Benue.com.ng caught up with him and he simply said in his usual humble manner, “it’s been God all the way”.
Besides his studies, we learned he has landed a top dollar deal as the lead character in an American series soon to debut on our screens. For Damian, it’s been from glory to glory; big dreams fueled by hard work resulting into reality with a promise for an even brighter future.