Known for her doggedness and sitting on the position of men, Ibinabo Fiberesima-Egbuka, is the first female president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN). Her administration has yielded positive impact in the lives of its members since she assumed office. Ibinabo who has also featured in few several movies is a proud mother. In this chat with MUTIAT ALLI, the ex- beauty queen gushes about her man, supposed tussle in the guild and other issue.
As an ex-beauty queen, you still maintain your look and physique; what is the magic?
First of all, it’s been God and my husband anyways; you people want me to leave the market. I am still very much relevant and I love to look good so that I can still be called babe as the case maybe. But in all it’s been God’s grace.
You marriage just clocked one year; how is the experience being married again?
Being married is sweet and good most especially when you are married to the one you love, who understands you and wants the best for you at all time. As you can see I am glowing and will continue to glow.
So what kind of wife are you?
A good one who thinks of her family at all time and wants the best for her man and kids. I am that kind of wife that I don’t indulge in what my husband is not supportive of. Whatever you see me wear outside my house is what I have rocked in grand style in the presence of my husband. When you see me on bum shorts, I rock them well, whether long or short at home.
What is your daily routine like?
Even if I tell you, you people will laugh. I wake up in the morning, I eat eba. Before I sleep, I eat Eba and pepper soup. It’s my favourite food and I can have them as many time as I want to in a day.
Let’s talk about motherhood
Motherhood? It’s wonderful; my kids are all grown-ups now.
You were once attached on social media for exposing your daughter to early make-up; how did you feel when you saw the comments?
Sincerely I smiled and the fact is let them ‘born their own’ and do the one they want to do. I have given birth to my own and this is what I want to do with my own. That’s how life is, eh! They should stop advising me on motherhood, you hear? Let them try it and then they will understand that when a child wants something so badly, you will do it just to make that child smile and be happy.
What do you have in store for 2016?
I will leave that to the grace of God. Wherever he leads me and that’s where I will be.
So what has changed about you since you got married?
I am more accommodating, there is so mush am learning being married and then……… yeah! Am enjoying it totally.
Let’s talk about the guild, there have been rancor from some parties, can you shed more light on it?
There is no rancor in the guild. You see people get confused with tell tales, people just like lie. Did you ever go for an election where Emeka Ike took part in? So how is he the president of AGN? That’s the only question I have for the press because you are giving him audience to talk. Did he run for any position in Actors Guild of Nigeria? No he didn’t!
With all this argument, don’t you think settling things amicably is the best thing to do between the two of you?
We have tried! But it all fell on deaf ears.
So what went wrong?
Emeka Ike is not about running a guild; it’s about how much he can make from poor people that want to join the guild. You see that N5,000 or N20,000 they make? That’s salary and food for him. Am so sorry but that’s just how low he is.
But he was your friend?
He is not! You see, he was once my friend but he is not any more. You don’t have a friend and do what he is doing. It doesn’t work. You must learn to grow, I have grown. They must learn to grow too. There was chaos in AGN before I came in, but since I took over, there has been peace. Members have started gaining things and they have come again with chaos. When will it stop? Let’s think of our members for once and stop thinking of ourselves.
So you think you are still the president of AGN?
I don’t think, I know.
As the president of AGN, how do you get time to also take part in movies?
It’s the grace of God. Like one fine girl just told me how she loves my energy and that I inspire her. And that’s the kind of thing I love to hear and it inspires me too to keep doing what I do and somehow God has been a blessing to my life.