Chika Oparah is an up and coming actress who has been nursing the desire of getting at the top rated of producers’ record considering the fact that childhood. Presently pushing her desire, she has acted a few of roles in different movies which includes Guys in Bondage, African Tradition, Madam Export, Poverty Palava, Huzzle, Woa Guys, Dorobucci Appreciate and D Don presently exhibiting on Africa Magic, participating in together with some A-checklist actors. In this job interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, the actress, who is in her 30s, speaks on her issues, quarrel with fellow actress, Amanda Ebiye, among other troubles.
What attracted you to performing?
From my childhood, I have generally preferred to be observed on Tv simply because I grew up looking at ‘Kiddies Vision 101’ and ‘Tales by Moonlight’. Then, there was this gentleman from my mum’s location who was an actor. He still functions however. Whenever he will come to my mum’s shop to say hello, I would tell him I needed to act and his reaction to me then would be ‘You will but you have to finish college initial.’ I was not snug with his response and I told myself I would locate my individual way for the reason that it has always been my passion. I did discover my very own way but it was soon after secondary school.
What then would you say has been your best accomplishment?
Presently, I would say absolutely nothing mainly because I have not acquired there. I suggest, I’m yet to get to that level wherever I can sit back and know that producers will generally pencil down my title as major on their record when a woman actor is wanted. For now, I am however pushing. But check with me this same issue following calendar year, have faith in me you would get a positive reply.
Have you progressed in your performing job as you have anticipated?
For where? (Laughs). I however have a prolonged way to go. I want to be recognized all around the earth so assist me God. Lupita Nyong’o is 1 of the African females that are regarded all about the entire world. I want to be that well-known.
How do you talk with a snobbish A-list actor?
! I have worked with the likes of Imeh Bishop (Okon) late Prince James Uche, John Okafor (Mr Ibu) Tuvi James, Ruth Kadiri, and a host of other folks. I have also been on the exact established with Oge Okoye, Annie Idibia, John Pop, Pete Edochie, and other people. I just cannot point out all but these ones I have worked with are good and down to earth and they help carry future actors alongside. If I happen to be on established with the kinds with angle, I will not solution them. I will only do my work and mind my small business.
Of all the roles you have performed in the earlier, which is your most loved?
For now I would say, ‘Dorobucci Love’. I played the role of Mr Ibu’s girlfriend but I wasn’t a loyal girlfriend. I was only with him due to the fact of the tiny funds I acquired from him. In the meantime I experienced a additional handsome male whom I was genuinely dealing with. It is my favourite for now simply because the part was tough, considering the point that, that isn’t my variety of person (smile).
Who is your preferred actor and why?
Genevieve Nnaji is my favorite and that is due to the fact she is a single raw talent that matches into any character like it is practically nothing. A further actor whose individuality I appreciate is Lupita Nyongo’o. Her journey is really inspiring.
What are you functioning on at the instant?
For now I have no jobs at hand. I lost two work very last month simply because my cellular phone was bad and was off for two months and 4 days. I later found out that though it was switched off, a producer in Asaba and a person in Lagos tried using reaching me but couldn’t get across. But ideally upcoming month I really should be on set.
Define your performing design?
I just cannot have a style when I have no plan of the roles that would be supplied to me in distinct sets. So, I do not have a design. I healthy into any character and act it like it’s me.
When you suffer setback, how does it emotionally have an effect on you and your get the job done?
At the time I am on set, I place all my particular difficulties guiding me. I do not allow it have an effect on my function. I don’t forget three yrs back, I was on a established with Amanda Ebiye. We had been taking part in very best friends but we weren’t finding along on set we would quarrel and abuse a single yet another but once we are on digital camera we participate in our roles correctly and that for me is becoming specialist.
Convey to me about offering back to the culture in your own little way?
I have a group that we perform with each other lending a hand to the less-privileged and assisting up and coming artistes to achieve their dreams. I imagine that we climb by helping one particular a further. You cannot be major with a tiny heart.
So how is your romantic relationship with Ebiye now?
We haven’t fulfilled each other following the set but I do not like her for the reason that to me, she is whole of herself. That was the impact she gave me.
If identified as once more to enjoy alongside Ebiye, would you flip down the part?
Of study course, I wouldn’t. Our differences have nothing to do with our work. We would set that aside and get into the characters we are asked to play.
Have you knowledgeable sexual assault on established or for a part?
I do not imagine I have skilled these.
But it is thought that youthful actors experience sexual harassment to get roles?
Effectively, I just cannot discuss for many others but can talk for myself. I have not been harassed by any producer or director.
Why haven’t you thought of quitting considering that you have not built strike limelight? No way. I not quitting what I have a passion for. I understood it wasn’t heading to be uncomplicated but I informed myself I right from the really beginning that I won’t give up right until I reach my purpose.
Are there programs to settle down shortly and would you go for another person in the similar line?
I will settle down if the suitable person proposes to me but I am not bothered about that for now. On marrying a person in the similar field, if we click on I would.
Are not you terrified of currently being criticized about becoming solitary?
Criticized? I am not off-age so why would anybody criticize me? Marriage is not what a single rushes into. A single wants to pray about it and leave the relaxation for God. I will get married when the correct time comes.
In your opinion, should Nigerian actors be engaged in pornographic motion pictures?
No, no, no. It’s not in our tradition and should not be allowed. Not partaking in pornographic movie does not indicate we aren’t specialists. It’s just not in our lifestyle to do these motion pictures or be noticed acting in this kind of roles.