Dressed in a body hug red gown, singer turned movie producer, Ashionye stepped on the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards red carpet, hand-in-hand with her husband, Michelle Raccah.
Of course, upon sighting her protruded stomach, one needed not to be told the beauty who already had a son, is expecting her second child.
After settling down into their seat, the Ashionye spoke about the AMVCA, new movie, marriage and others.
How do you feel being here for the AMVCA?
This is the 3rd time I’m attending the AMVCA. My film, ‘Journey To Self’ was nominated twice last year and we won one which was the ‘Best Actress’ . My husband was nominated for ‘Best Sound Design’ but he didn’t win. As far as I’m concerned, a nomination is as good as winning. It’s always amazing being at the AMVCA because it’s one of the biggest event in the industry because it brings everyone together into a large room where we can network. Basically, it’s fun
What’s your expectation like tonight?
My expectation is that it should be a great night. Amazing movies have been nominated this year. I have a lot of friends who were nominated as directors and actresses so, I’m rooting for everybody who wins
What can you say about the organization of the award this year?
It’s always glamourous and everyone dresses to kill. It’s like it’s getting bigger and better every year and I can wait till next year because hopefully, my movie will be nominated.
You movie, ‘Public Property’, was it nominated?
No it wasn’t and that’s because we didn’t put it in this year but, we will surely put it in next year by God’s grace.
Because we are still in the process of editing and final stage so, we are taking our time
What’s ‘Public Property’ all about?
It’s a story about a lady who meets a guy online and they started dating, got married and that’s where the drama starts. Who have to wait for the film.
Was it your experience?
No! basically, I watch things happening on television and reality TV and crime channels. So I got my inspiration from there. this sort of thing happen to people in the world so I decided to relate it to the Nigerian situation.
And should we expect it to be a step higher than ‘Journey to self’?
Well, we can only pray and keep our fingers crossed. The audience will determine
Is it a drama?
It’s a dramedy- comedy/drama.
You were known as a musician and now, a movie producer, what’s the transition like?
Well, my foray into movie started in 2005 with ‘Doctor’s Quarters’ where I played a spontaneous French girl. A friend of mine just told me to give it a try since the character was more like me so, that was how I got into it and that was it! Even as a kid, me and siblings would always put up little shows for our parents so, I guess the art has always been in me but, I haven’t left music. What I did was take a break from music. I’m in love with movies at the moment, script-writing, producing and acing. I’m not into directing yet but I directed my husband’s children programme called ‘Kids Zone’. So I’m trying to explore different angles of Ashionye
But looks like you didn’t really pay your dues as an actress before venturing into production
I’ve been into acting for 10 years. Since 2005. So I think I have paid my dues
But you didn’t really star in hit movies as such
At first, I would say I was being picky with scripts and then I had other jobs like presenting and then my music so, I had to schedule my time around these other jobs. But now, I have a huge passion for movie and at the moment, I am concentrating on that. At the moment, I am working on a new project. I am about to shoot a video for a music I did last year, produced by T.Y Mix.
What’s the title?
It’s called ‘My Love’.
That means we are going to be seeing more of music videos too?
I never gave up on music. Music is my passion and religion after Christianity.
So you write your movie scripts?
Yes, I write my movie scripts myself.
Did you go for any training course on script writing?
I actually did an online course which also introduced me to screen writing. I intend to go further into a movie school to study a directing course.
As a mother, wife, singer and movie person. How do you cope with all of these?
I schedule my time around my family. My family comes first. I also have a very understanding husband who supports me. He also helps me out at home.
So what should your fans expect from you this year?
Aside that I’m directing my husband’s kids’ programme, I also have a short film on the way. My music video is also on the way. The year is still young so, wait for it and see how everything goes.
This is your second pregnancy. How do you feel?
I’m feeling happy. I thank God and I’m looking forward to having this baby
I’m sure it’s in the second trimester
I’ve been there before so I know the process. I can’t wait to meet the baby
What are the three things people don’t really know about you?
I’m a home girl. I love to cook. After cooking, I love to sit in front of the TV and watch cartoon with my son
How’s married life treating you?
My marriage is been fantastic. My husband has been my friend for 15 years- from relationship to marriage. I married my friend and you can’t beat that because he understands me.
How did you two meet?
We met at a friend’s office here in Lagos. We share the same passion for entertainment and that was how it all started.