is an icon in the Yoruba movie industry and a well-recognized veteran
in the whole Nollywood. In a chat with Sunday Sun, the soft-spoken
actress spoke at length about her career and the special bond she shares
with her mum. She also touched on other issues. Enjoy….
just finished. It’s about the girl-child; it is also about the mother
and child connection. At present, I am working on the private screening
and planning my ever first English movie.
very competitive and you can’t just take anything to the cinema. So, I
want something that would teach both young and old; I want to create a
sort of satisfaction for my viewers. I really don’t want something that
is just okay, I want something much deeper.
food person; I think I took that from her because I’m not a food person
too. She is just like an English woman who likes tea. She can take tea even when it is sunny and she loves to pray. I would say she’s God’s best friend because 24/7, she’s praying.
person and she’s not slim too. It is not that she diets like I do but
she just loves her tea. I grew up seeing her take a cup of tea every now
growing up there was this ewa that she used to make. It is called ewa
elemimeje. Back then, she would cook it for my dad, you would see fish,
crab, periwinkle and many other things in this beans. After cooking, she
would fry it, then she will add onions, palm oil and then she puts it
down to cool a bit. Afterwards, she would put small vegetable oil in the
frying pan, and then she would put everything, all the beans, in the
frying pan; so you can imagine how nice it would be. She also cooks
banga, my native soup, very well. Ha! Her banga soup is superb!
before now she used to have a very big store when we were growing up. My
mum is not really educated but she was a businesswoman. My mum is Igbo
and my dad is from Delta. She sold Georgette wrappers but after a while,
I told her to stop because she is already getting old and so I pay her
salary. All she does now is to sit at home and help take care of my
kids. She is my saving grace because if I didn’t have a mum I doubt if I
would still be acting.
about a stress-free lifestyle. I have learned through her not to worry
over some unnecessary things. So, last year when she had high blood
pressure I became worried and asked her if she was thinking about
anything because it was unlike her. She assured me she wasn’t. My mum is
a very strong woman and she has taught me to be strong too. My
mum believes that if you are going to hell, you just move on and talk
to God about it and he will sort it out. She doesn’t have anything
negative that she thinks about, the positive things she thinks about now
are her children.
are Catholics and she goes for second mass, whenever she goes you will
see her singing when coming back in the car. She holds onto her rosary
happily. I think Sunday is one of her favourite days. My mum is a very
happy mother; even if I come again I still want her to be my mum. I have
never seen my mum get upset, even with my dad. With us, she only warns
us and I took that from her. She would always call you and talk to you.
When talking, she can start crying and I do that too. I don’t remember
my mum hitting me when I was young.
think he was like that because he was an ex-soldier. My dad and I were
not close and we look too much alike and you know, they say; when you
look too much alike, you would never be close. Although, we had a
daughter-father relationship we were never close.
touches me that I would get pregnant. “If they touch you like this you
go get belle oo, if man dey come just pass this place.” You know, all
those kind of things. When I started to menstruate, she taught me how to
go about it and many other things.
got into trouble with my dad, you know we used to have diaries when we
were growing up. In secondary school, form one, I had this diary that I
wrote things in, so I wrote about my first kiss and my dad saw it. Oh!
Wahala came to dine with me that day, even my mum was in trouble because
he said she wasn’t talking to me. I almost died. I will always remember
that day. Do you know what he did? He gave it to me to start reading.
Often times after I must have finished cleaning his room, I would just
pick up my homework and start doing it. Unfortunately for me, I forgot
it on his table. For me, I can never forget that day. The only trouble I
got into with my mum was just when I didn’t do the dishes or cleaned
where I should. My mum is very lenient, all she would say to me was, “If
your papa come, if you no clean this place, hian,” I love her very
much. The other times I got into trouble with her was when I went to a
party and didn’t come home in time. She would scold me. At a point I was
scared for myself because people would come to me and ask if I was a
half-caste, I was scared because I had so many people around me. But for
my mum’s constant advice that kept guiding me, I was able to turn out
well. If I still have the chance again, I would want her to come again as my mum.
siblings; she had to sell everything she had to send three of us to
school. At that point she had nothing. I remembered then that I had to
go stay with some of my cousins to go to school and everything. My mum
gave up everything for us and she stood by us, I really don’t want to
delve into a lot of things but she has been a fantastic mum. She did odd
jobs because if she didn’t, probably I wouldn’t have gone to school and
I would be regretting now. Although I wished I had done more, I am
thankful that I did the little I did and if not for my education, I
would have been out of the movie industry too, because these days
without education you are nowhere.
my sister’s and my brother’s weddings, my mum told the makeup artist
not to worry about her. She was shouting ‘I don’t want eyelash’, I no
want to make up oo. We had to beg and beg her to rub just white powder.
After we decided not to put eyelashes on her and she was beautiful. That
was the first time in her life that she rubbed makeup, she had never
done so previously. But once in a while, she does. Maybe when she is
going for her monthly meeting, she would just rub powder and apply
little lip gloss. Her earrings are stud earrings, and she wears a small
necklace. She’s not a fashionable person.