Delectable Nollywood actress, Ebube Nwagbo, has upped her game by joining the league of filmmakers and becoming one of the most sought after celebrities. The Mass communication graduate of the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka in this chat with MUTIAT ALLI, speaks about her foray from acting into movie production, her style and what she like to be remembered for amongst others.
Was acting your childhood dream?
I will not say I have always wanted to be an actress, but I have always loved to be on television as a broadcaster. But somehow, acting found me and here I am today.
When did it dawn on you that you would make a living off acting?
When I shot my first movie, after the heat, I disappeared. I told them I could not cope with it and I did not want to act anymore. They called me for a second job, telling me that I would be allowed to leave after that. Afterwards, they still lured me to do the third one. Somehow, they wanted me.
I ran away because I felt I could not deal with the pressure and drama. But, after sometime, I realised that it could be the right place for me. Now, I do not need anyone to tell me that it is meant for me. If I decide to leave Nollywood today, it is because I want to.
What’s the secret of your staying power?
The industry is very competitive. What I have tried to do is to be myself. When you be yourself, it stands you out from any other person. If you are trying to be some other person, it is not you. I try to be me and I believe it is slow and steady. So, I would rather be here and steady than being forgotten so soon. I take things one after the other.
As the same time too, I try to be relevant in the industry because it is the only way nobody forgets you.
How did your background contribute to what you do today?
First of all, I come from a very strict home. Normally, my parents will not allow any of their children to do what I do today. I actually shot my first movie without telling my parents. People who knew me back home still do not believe I am an actress.
But being an actress has not changed me or given my parents reasons to regret allowing me to go into it. It has shaped me more and I do not forget where I am coming from. I am doing this for a reason and purpose and I do not forget that. I do not forget where I am coming from and it helps me a lot.
Was there any time you wished you were not famous?
Yes, I have felt that many times. I always feel like quitting, especially when they write things about me that are untrue. I think I actually quit, but after a while I said to myself that why should I? Most people who judge me are people who do not know me and you cannot keep explaining to everyone that what they wrote about you was untrue. I have learnt to live my life and focus on what is important.
I think I have grown wiser and stronger. I just see some things as the downside of my job.
What is the major cooking blunder you’ve committed?
While growing up, whenever I made beans, it would get burnt. I do not do that anymore, but making beans then was scary. It would get burnt and undone.
How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as the lady who made an impact with her beauty and brains. People think that when you are pretty, you have nothing to offer. Even as an entrepreneur, I try to support young girls and encourage them that they could be beautiful and intelligent.
I went through a lot as a young girl; men will want to take advantage of you. Be who you are; being in the limelight does not make you a lesser person.
How would you describe your style?
I wear whatever I am comfortable with; I do not move with the trend. I like to wear everything, depending on the occasion I am going for. I love everything that has to do with fashion.