Stunning and beautiful Emmanuella Iloba is one of the newest faces making waves in the Nigerian film industry. This Delta born actress, who is in her early twenties, is currently an undergraduate studying Theatre Arts in University of Lagos. She has featured in dozens of movies such as ‘Nollywood Scandal’, ‘Chevron Babes’ and ‘Dusty Roads’, among others. In this chat, she reveals how her career started, her kind of man and sundry issues…
When did your acting career start?
My career started professionally in 2016. I will say it was divine actually because I wasn’t even expecting it. I went for a modeling audition and then someone walked up to me and asked if I could act and I said Yes. He said, that’s great and introduced himself as Chico Ejiro. I was speechless and that was how it all started. So it’s been God’s grace. It’s something I love doing. It’s my passion and I’m someone who follows her passion and I love what I do. My family members actually encouraged me to give it a go and they have been so supportive and I’m grateful that they love what I do.
You are also a model, when did the modelling aspect come in?
I will say my looks also play a part in my modeling career. And also I love to express myself. So when I started getting offers to model, I just saw it as a way of expressing myself.
I’ve always had offers to model. I was into modelling before my acting career started. I love to express myself actually.
What extent can you go to interpret your role?
I try to make every role as realistic as possible. Everything is make-believe and I try to achieve that at all times and I will do whatever I can to make sure my script is well interpreted and my directors are pleased and so far, I have been able to do exceptionally well. I am dedicated and I study my lines well.
How much can you be paid to act nude?
I don’t think I would want to do that actually. I don’t have to act all the roles. I will leave the nude for those that are interested in acting nude.
What are the challenges you face as an actress?
There are lots of challenges. From trying to cope and work with different kinds of people, and being hungry on set and sometimes the welfare is not always what you would have preferred. Being on set till late like 2am and having to wake up as early as 6am sometimes with burning eyes. There are times I will be on location for two days without doing a scene and I have to go back home hungry and stressed but that’s acting for you. I always make sure those things don’t get to me. I have preconditioned my mind to stay focused and determined. Moreover, I love acting. As far back as I can remember this is what I have always wanted to do. Every actor goes through the same rough times I believe. You just have to stay focused determined and love what you do and you will always have the energy to overcome the challenges.
Have you ever experienced sexual harassment in the industry?
I have never had to deal with such things. Like I said earlier, my being here is actually God’s doing. I didn’t go out looking or hustling for roles or begging someone to cast me. God used someone to locate me and that was it. If I didn’t give my body to get into the industry, I shouldn’t give it to stay in it and God kept those things away from me.
Are you dating someone at the moment?
No. I am not dating any man at the moment. I’m currently single.
Describe your kind of man?
I like my man to be tall, caring and loving and of course God fearing. He must be smart and of course genuinely interested in me.
Who is your role model?
My role models are Genevieve Nnaji and Rita Dominic. I have always loved their acting long before I started acting. I admire them a lot.
Do you plan going into other aspects of production apart from acting?
I’m not restricted to acting alone. I have plans to go into directing and production too and I’m already working on my own production.
Tell us about your most memorable day?
My most memorable day would be when Chico Ejiro approached me and he gave me the platform for all these. So that day is my most memorable day. It’s not every day we have such opportunity.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years from now, I want to see myself still acting of course. I love acting and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. I want to be able to work with some of the biggest names, both home and abroad and be able to take my acting to the world.
10-year old girl launches two books
L-R: Toni Kan, guest speaker; Munachi Mbonu, author of the books title “ Concealed and The Child of Destiny”, her mother Ify Mbonu, and Nicolas Okoye, president/CEO, Anabel Group, during the books presentation in Lagos.
It was a gathering of A lists authors, book aficionados, and captains of industries at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos to launch two books written by 10-year old Munachi Mbonu.
The books, Concealed and Chidubem: A child of destiny were products of leisurely exercises by the Year Six pupil of Grande Oakbridge Montessori School, Osapa London, Lekki, which she wrote to entertain her cousins until her mother, Ifeoma, urged her to seek a wider audience.
Munachi said Concealed, centered on a group of young friends in school learning what is valuable and love, was inspired by TV drama series, Friends; while Chidubem, which features a boy adapting to city life after relocating from the village, was influenced by her interactions with her cousins who had similar experience.
“When the house is noisy, my Mummy tells us to go to our rooms and read and do book reviews. She doesn’t like us watching the TV for long periods. I started writing stories and giving them to my cousin’s to read.
“The first book was from TV drama shows; the second book was inspired by my cousins who moved from the village to Lagos. They did not like some things we liked here but were willing to learn new things and adapt,” she said.
Munachi’s Mum said the girl started writing at seven.
“She’s been writing from seven. I got her first laptop at five. So she would sketch some things and write about them. At age seven, she started writing. During the holidays I buy a lot of books and tell her to do a book review. She has written about five or six books.
Ms Mbonu said she thought the books were ripe for publishing because she enjoyed reading them as an adult.
“When I read Chidumbem, it was really funny. I was laughing. I told her that older people needed to read her books, not just her cousins. She was scared at first but I encouraged her. We met with an editor who saw the manuscript and she was impressed,” said Ms Mbonu.
Advising other parents, Ms Mbonu urged parents to invest in their wards.
“I will advise parents to invest in their children first before investing for their children. Expose a child to multiple activities and through that you know what the child likes,” she said.
Guest of honour at the launch, Tony Kan, popular writer and poet, who started writing at 11, urged Munachi’s parents to support her.
He shared how he ended up studying English at the University of Jos after three failures to get in for Medicine. He also said his love for writing had taken him all over the world.
“I wanted to study Medicine at the University of Jos. I was admitted for Chemistry, the first time, then Biochemistry, then Microbiology. My uncle then asked what I wanted to do, and I opted for English. In the first year, we had a reading list of 48 books. I had read 47 of them.
I want to say to Mum and Dad, this girl is doing something great; encourage her. I have traveled all over the world but I have never bought a ticket in my life. I get invitations from people because of my books,” he said.
Singer, Wizkid booked till 2021
NIGERIAN singer Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has revealed that he has been booked for shows for the next three years.
‘Soco’, in which he featured Ceeza Mili, Spotless and Terri, is a fast-paced Afro-beat tune that has grown to become the most favourite song for the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
The 27-year- old recently sold out the O2 hall in London and is set to release a much-anticipated album later in 2018.
Revealed! How Apostle Suleman foretold Lagos explosion (Video)
Two months ago, precisely on 29th of April, 2018, servant of God and senior pastor at Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleiman, prophesied of the tanker explosion that occurred in Lagos on Thursday, 28th of June, 2018.
Revealing the Lord’s message during the Sunday service, the ‘Oracle of God’ told his congregation of a fire incident to happen between Lagos and Ibadan highway. “I see fire on the highway, between Lagos and Ibadan. I see a newspaper talking about 100 people being feared dead in the inferno. I see one vehicle hitting the next and the next hitting the next,” he prophesied and asked that people pray.
What proof do we then need to identify a true God’s Prophet.
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