Actresses date married men and some of the men who eventually marry them do not tell them they are married. Is your movie based on happenings in the movie industry?There are so many actors that I have not met or worked with. There is no way I can put one person’s story or what I read in the papers as my story for a movie. This is what happens in every sector. It is general. This is my first job and maybe that is why people are talking about it.
How did you move from Halima who played waka pass roles to lead actress?
How did your parents take it when you got back home?
I got the beating of my life. When I got back home, my parents welcomed me. My mother even gave me food and made sure I ate very well. I was relaxing when my father came and beat me badly. My dad didn’t talk to me for three months and we were staying in the same house. My life is an open book. I don’t usually like something that is not true to be said about me. That is why I always say the truth myself.
How did you survive when you came to Lagos?
I came to Lagos with N7, 000. I slept in different peoples’ homes. There was this actress, her name is Bukky. She is no longer in the industry. I stayed partly in her house. She told me her mother wouldn’t accept my staying in their house, so whenever her mother came to her room, I would have to hide. I did that for two weeks and I was sleeping on the floor. I got tired of that after two weeks. I had to go back to my aunt’s house and begged her to allow me to stay in her house. She didn’t agree so I had to go back to Kano.
But we learnt you were pregnant for an actor…
That was just a movie. Just because one actress did something bad, you don’t have to generalise. Are you saying that all the politicians in Nigeria, are thieves? Everybody cannot be bad. Everybody cannot be a ‘runs’ girl. You don’t know me, you only know my profession. A lot of people are not feeling good because of what have been said about them. I am an example back then. People were saying negative stuff about me; I was told I wasn’t good enough. It was a terrible period for me. If I see people who come now to encourage me and tell me, ‘didn’t I tell you that you will succeed’, I just look at them and laugh. It is a lie. Nobody told me anything.
We also learnt you fought over a man…
I have never fought over any man. Men are just too many. I cannot fight over any man. Why will a girl fight me over a man? The kind of men I have dated (they are not many though) don’t have eyes for other women when they are with me. If you are in a relationship with me, you are really in a relationship with me. There will be nothing like another girl by the side. I have never been in such situation.
Why do they stick to only you and not bother looking at other babes?
Why will a man have roving eyes? If you want to date other people, then we have to break up. I don’t have that kind of strength. I can’t be thinking of one man when he is on top of another lady. It is just that men lie a lot. You hardly know a man who is saying the truth when he is saying he loves you. But all men and women are not the same any way.
So rich men ask you out?
Of course they ask me out. Why won’t they ask me out? It is normal. It is the truth. But if I start it, I might end up dating half of the Nigerian men. I am not like that. If you love me that much, then come and marry me. If you are married, then there is no need starting a conversation with you.