Interview excerpts below:
What motivated you into acting?
Watching movies, seeing other actors and actresses doing different things excited me. I was always looking forward to it. I wanted to be like one of those people someday. From secondary school, I noticed that I liked acting and everything that had to do with it.
Were you acting in secondary school?
Not really, because I was a bit shy. But I was singing when I was in school. Till date I love to sing. Iím in my church choir.
Are you thinking of releasing an album as most of your colleagues are doing?
Not really! Thatís not in my mind right now.
Havenít some roles youíve interpreted run contrary to your faith?
Acting is all about make-believe and it is my job. If Iím given a role, itís my duty to bring it out perfectly and convince the audience. Itís just the way a banker or a lawyer is doing his job that Iím also doing mine. It doesnít have anything to do with the real me or my faith.
Can you take up roles that would do with nudity?
Never! Because I think if I want to pass any message across, I can do that without necessarily going nude. When you expose your body, what message are you passing across? Even if the person is a prostitute, does it mean you have to see the person naked before you can pass the message that the fellow is a prostitute? I donít need to go nude to pass the message. Our society doesnít permit that. So, itís not fashionable to act nude. You only make fool of yourself if you do that.
Some have said if the pay is good, why not?
I wonít do that o! Iím an actress with a difference. I have reservations and for the fact that Iím acting doesnít mean I should go crazy. For me, I cannot. Well, people have guts. They can do some things. ĎMy own guts never Ďreach that level o!í Iím not that kind of a person and, again, my faith wouldnít permit me to do it. In fact, I wonít even think of it because my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. So, why would I expose it to the world? My body is meant for my husband.
How about romance roles?
Well, to an extent. I canít go all the way. As I said I have reservations.
Donít you think that is why you donít get so many roles?
Yeah, you are right because Iím not crazy about stardom. I just love what Iím doing. I even prefer to act on stage. I love being on stage a lot because that was how I started. Stage acting is even more difficult. That is when you know the real professional.
What makes your day?
Listening to music, worshipping God make me happy.
When you want to unwind, what do you do?
I go out, watch movies, hang out with friends and catch a drink somewhere.
Do you take alcohol?
No, but I could take red wine. It shouldnít be too alcoholic because I donít like anything that makes me tipsy. I just stick to what I can stand.
What about smoking?
No, I donít. I tried it once in one role I took up but it wasnít working so, they yanked it off. That was some years back. The director didnít insist; if he had, I would have done it better. I donít think it was necessary for that particular role, if it was, I would have tried to bring it out well.
What is that habit you have been praying in your closet to change?
I donít have any habit at all.
You mean you donít just have one?
Well, since you insist, the only habit I used to have was shouting whenever I was upset. I would shout loud because I believed that was the only way I could express myself. Even when people reminded me to calm down, I would say no, leave me alone so as to show the person how upset I was. A lot of my friends were complaining because of the way I used to shout whenever I was upset. But after a while, I had to start working on it. I think now, Iím getting better.
What was childhood like? Were you born with a silver spoon?
I was born into a normal average home but I had the best in terms of schools and toys. I attended a federal school in Gboko and you know federal schools were really the best then. I lost my mum while I was in secondary school. That motivated me to give my life to Christ. Having a relationship with God made it easier for me to get over that shocking experience. It made me a better person too.
What was your dadís reaction when you started acting?
He didnít have a problem with it at all. My dad is the kind of man that allows you to do whatever you want. Anything that makes you happy, he encourages you to go ahead as long as it doesnít tarnish the image of the family. My father is in support of my acting career.
Cleavage-flaunting tops are in vogue, do you wear them?
No. I may wear them unintentionally. There are some things you buy and by the time you put it on, you discover some parts of your cleavages are showing. For me, I try my best to adjust such wears because I donít want to flaunt much. I could flaunt cleavages but I donít overdo it.
Are you single?
Yes, I am.
How do you feel about the high divorce rate in Nollywood?
Itís touching, really. I think what is causing it is because a lot of them donít know what marriage is all about. They think marriage is all about name and status. Some feel Ďoh letís be among the married women and feel like them or feel like married mení. That is why after a while, it parks up. Thatís not Godís plan for marriage. If an individual would understand what marriage is, he/ she would do everything for the marriage to work. You would not rush into it because if you do, you would rush out of it. You need to know what you want and let your man know what you want. The foundation and reason for getting married should be right. A lot of people go into marriage because of beauty.
When you are set to marry, what kind of man would you go for?
I would marry a man with a vision. He may not be rich but he should have potentials. Even if the person is rich, I need to know what he does for a living.
Are you scared of getting married because it could crash?
I see my marriage as a success already, so I donít need to nurse any fear. Whatever it is, I know God would give me the best and Iím going to work it out. You could have the best and use your own hand to spoil it: with your attitude. I will pray to get the best man. I have started working on myself to be a good wife. I have started working on my temper. I no longer rave when Iím angry, I now try to be quiet.
What if you end up marrying a man that will punch you, a bully?
No, I would run for my life. That is why courtship is good. If I notice it while courting him, I wonít marry him. I would come out of it. I had a friend at a time; he was asking me out, and I went to see him once and I came late. Something happened. He was really upset. He shouted at me that I kept him waiting. And because I didnít like anybody shouting at me, I turned my back and I was about walking out, he pulled me back and said what rubbish, why should I walk out on him. That was a good sign to call it off and I did. But the guy Iím dating now is always patient to wait. I left the other one because that was a good sign that in future such a guy can beat me, so I ran. Some ladies would remain in such a relationship hoping to change him. No adult can change
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