Eric Kwaku Boadi is a man of versatility. With striking good looks and a charming personality to match, he can look cute and mischievous or strong and sophisticated. There is a certain mystery about the way he walks on the runways, to the way he smiles for the camera.
UZURI: We learned that you are originally from Ghana; could you tell us something about it?
I was born and raised in Ghana. I was studying graphic design in high school; it was very difficult, as my family did not have much money to pay for my studies
UZURI: How did you start modeling?
I was at a friend’s party, there was this guy called Patrick who owned a modeling agency in my country he asked me if I will like to be a model, at that time I did not understand what he was talking about. He then proposed to me he would like a photographer to take some test shots of me in the studio. The problem was that when I tried to explain this story to my family they were totally against the idea, and did not want me to be a model
UZURI: Then what changed your parents mind?
Patrick called me to go to the agency he said that I should really give modeling a chance, and plus it was possible that I could continue my studies and also be able to pay for my school. In fact I had one week of coaching in the studio, where I was taught how to pose in front of the camera. Everything happened very quickly within two weeks I was booked for a very important fashion show and I received my first paycheck.
My mother was astonished, she was very proud not only could I pay for my school, but also I was starting to work very well in my country. I was lucky; I worked on different television programs and lots of runway shows. I was booked for fashion shows all over Africa.UZURI: why did you leave Africa?
I had the opportunity to work in Paris, so I settled with an agency in Paris. I often return to Africa as I work also with many African designersUZURI: what are your plans for the future?
I plan to take acting classes as I would like to work in Cinema, I would also like the opportunity to come to New York someday and discover your country
UZURI: Eric, much success to you in all your endeavors.
Thank you very much for this opportunity