From childhood, acting has been a passion for this Nigerian lady thespian. With the help of a friend, she got her start in Nollywood and has since gone on to feature in several movies, including International Tailor, Unholy Siblings, and Confession Box. In this exclusive interview, she shares her favorite roles, how she prepares for a character, and her thoughts on the future of the Nigerian film industry. Aspiring actors, take note!

What inspired you to become an actor, and how did you get your start in the industry?

Growing up as a child I loved art, and acting was my passion and aspiration.  I got into the Film industry (Nollywood) with the help of a friend. As a child actor then in Lagos because that’s where I grew up and where I started. It wasn’t easy there but when my Dad brought us to Delta state after his retirement I discovered that Nollywood has a base in Delta State Asaba, so that made it possible for me.

Which of your roles has been your favorite, and why did it resonate with you?

I love playing roles of antagonizing wife, sister, and friend, romantic and love roles, also I love roles that display African culture and heritage. I feel fulfilled playing the roles because they appeal to me in an emotional way.

As a Nigerian actor, how do you feel about the representation of Nigerian culture in Nollywood movies, and what changes would you like to see in the industry?

I feel great about cultural roles that portray Nigerian culture because, through art and craft, the world around me is preserved and promoted to impart the future generations in the world to come. I would like to see an industry where foreign film industries Like HOLLYWOOD, BOLLYWOOD, and so on, will come to make movies in Nigeria in a collaborative performance.

How do you prepare for a role, and what techniques do you use to bring a character to life?

I read and study my scripts very well first to understand the artistic interpretation of my role in the story, then I do exercises like, Gymnastics, meditation, aerobics, and at-home rehearsals. The technique I use to bring a character to life is method acting and mind-focusing.

How do you work with directors and fellow actors on set to create a cohesive and authentic performance?

Growing up as a child I was taught to know the power of listening by my mom and it has helped me a lot in my acting career because as an actor if you don’t listen well enough to your director you will not be able to give your best because directors have the overall picture of the movie. And my fellow actors on set are pleased with me because my performance is always great because I listen.

In your opinion, what makes a great movie, and how do you approach choosing roles that align with your values and goals as an actor?

The key ingredients that make a movie “great” are when the acting, directing, writing, cinematography, and overall production value all come together to tell one cohesive, entertaining, and impactful story. In essence, a good movie uses all these tools of filmmaking to tell a compelling. As an actor, it’s not in my place to choose roles but I pay attention to the entire story when I read. The script is what I chose not the roles.

What challenges have you faced as an actor, and how have you overcome them to achieve success in your career?

Getting roles in the industry is not easy because we have numerous actors like you fighting for the same thing but I work hard to stand out in my performance so my success so far is a result of hard work.

Again, as a black-skinned person, it is quite challenging because producers like giving roles to fair complexioned actors, that was really challenging to me until I had a conversation with the veteran actor MERCY JOHNSON and she told me she faced the same challenge but she pushed on until she was accepted so I followed her footsteps and now I am here.

How do you stay creative and motivated as an actor, and what do you do to continue learning and growing in your craft?

 I am a passionate person and I have a huge vision as an actor so I am always motivated. I am always a student in the field of acting. I enrolled in various professional courses that will promote my art and God has been faithful.

As a Nigerian actor, how do you see the industry evolving in the next few years, and what opportunities do you hope to see for yourself and other actors?

 The creative industry in Nigeria has become one of the most lucrative job-creating industries in the country and my view is that the Nollywood industry will grow bigger in years to come. The future is very bright and promising for the practitioners and for that reason there is hope for me and my fellow art thespians coming in. I also encourage those of us who aspire to have an acting career to also join in producing because I am also a producer. My Business name is BLACK QUEENS VISUALS and I am doing great so far.

Finally, what advice would you give to aspiring actors in Nigeria who are just starting their careers in the industry?

My advice to aspiring actors is not to focus on making money but to work hard and study more because acting is a craft that demands what you know. Not a place you come in to make money. The money will come when you improve your performance. Now these are some of the movies I have featured in: International tailor, De arab money, Unholy siblings, Crazy village nanny, Unpredictable, Confession box, Mother’s wish, Hunted by love, The village tailor, Royal Hatred, Odumeje na Malaysia, Royal priesthood, Dark December, Six years of marriage, Motherless mother, Awele

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