” NOLLYWOOD, NOT A DUMPING GROUND FOR PROSTITUTES



Nollywood Is not a dumping ground for prostitutes–Nollywood star Amanda EbeyeAmanda Ebeye, a graduate of
International Studies and Diplomacy from the Benson Idahosa University,
Benin, Edo State, is one of the fast-rising Nollywood stars. In this
interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, she talks about the real reason
she quit the popular TV soap, Clinic Matters, among other interesting
issues. 
I have seen your face on the covers of many movie posters in recent time. What really is the secret?
I think it is a result of hard work and the God’s factor. Those are the two reasons it seems I’m everywhere.
What movie are you working on at the moment?
There are lots of bigger and better
movies I’m working on. Some have already been released, while some
others will be out any moment from now. For instance, Ladies Secret has
just been released. But other ones like Ugly September, Market Babes,
Devil’s Contract and Dangerous Silence will be released any moment from
now. So, the year 2014 actually started well for me and I’m very
grateful to God for that.
How has your journey into acting been in the past years?
I started acting in 2008. So far, it has
been challenging. Though there have been hurdles, it is enjoyable.
Nothing in life is easy. There will definitely be occasions when one may
have a flat tire.
Was acting part of your childhood dreams?
The truth is that acting has always been
in my mind. I have always wanted to act from my childhood. Though I
studied International Diplomacy at the Benson Idahosa University, I have
always had acting in mind. Maybe I studied International Diplomacy
because of my parents. But immediately I graduated from the university, I
decided to face what I was passionate about.
At what point did acting start paying your bills?
Funny enough, it was last year. Before
then, I still needed my father to support me. Most times, it is not
really as rosy as it looks. That is why you see some people doing lots
of jobs, yet they can’t boast of anything.
Are you saying you have acted in movies without pay?
Initially, I was more into soap operas.
It was around 2011 that I started doing more of movies. Though I was
getting lots of money from the TV soaps, it still wasn’t enough.
Sometime in 2011, I did about nine movies in Ghana, but I was paid for
only five or four. But after that period, I started being paid for every
movie and it’s been great since then.
People keep associating you with Clinic
Matters. Would you say it is your biggest job Clinic Matters is one of
the most professional jobs I have done. Why Clinic Matters appears to be
so big is because the producers got it right from the beginning. Jobs
are not just about the cast or the stars in the story, but it is more
about the story, the director and the people you are using to depict the
story as well as your location. A lot of producers depend so much on
the actors, but it is wrong. I have done so many great jobs, but the
producers or directors got one or two things wrong in some of them.
How did you get into Clinic Matters?
I started in 2009. I was the first ‘Nurse Abigail’ ever in Clinic Matters. I left at a point and someone replaced me.
Why did you really leave Clinic Matters?
Let’s say it was on financial grounds. The money wasn’t great at that time. But I don’t know of now.
Do you intend to return to Clinic Matters?
No. I have been approached to go back,
but I have chosen not to. I love the production and feel it’s the best
sitcom on TV. It has a storyline that I admire a lot. The director is
also one of the best I have worked with.
Do you still have unrealised dreams?
I want to get bigger. I want to get to a
point, where I can impact on people, especially the up and coming
actors. I would like to start a forum, where I will empower and
encourage the younger ones in the industry, telling them that they don’t
have to sell their bodies before making it. We need to clean up the
industry because it is filled with lots of people that are not supposed
to be there. Again, I want to go to the Toronto Film School soon to
broaden myself in my chosen career. I watch lots of movies so as to
learn, but I still feel the need to go there and study more.
Are you implying that you didn’t sleep your way to the top?
I can say that over and over again. I
did not sell my body. Anybody who says I did that should come out and
say it. It’s a wrong mentality that actresses sell their bodies for
fame. I know so many people who didn’t do that. We still have decent
actors-the industry is not a dumping ground for prostitutes.
Are there roles you won’t accept?
I can play all roles. But recently, I’ve
started rejecting some kind of sexual roles because I think I’m growing
older and need to start thinking of what I’m impacting on the viewers,
especially the children.
But you were once quoted to have said that you can play a nude role for N7.5 billion naira?
I was asked if I could act nude and I
said no. The interviewer then said: “What if you are being paid 50
million dollars?” and I said yes. But who is going to pay such money for
any actress to go nude? Nobody can do that. It’s impossible. That
statement means I cannot! The truth is that Nigerians are very
hypocritical. It was just a joke and lots of people took it very
serious.
But what is wrong in going nude?
There is nothing wrong in going nude to
depict a character, but it’s against our culture. I can’t go nude
because my culture does not permit that. But if I were a Hollywood
actress, maybe I could do that because the culture does not frown on it.
I respect actors that do it, so I don’t criticize them.
Why is Amanda still single?
I’m not ready for marriage at the moment.
But is there any man in your life?
I don’t know if the man is there or not.
But are you currently in any serious date?
No, and I’m not searching. When it’s God’s time, my kind of man will surface.
What is your ideal man like?
My ideal man should be God-fearing; he
must be a man that will protect and respect me and he must be a man that
is highly knowledgeable because I like to learn-if you are dump, you
can’t be my ideal man.
What is it about you that people don’t know?
Lots of people don’t know that I always
love to have a bottle of coca-cola around me and watch movies whenever
I’m not shooting. Lots of people don’t know I am not the ‘runs girl’
they watch on movies. I’m clearly the opposite of my movie characters.
That is why my mum is my best friend. If I were a bad girl, I wouldn’t
have my mum as my best friend. My dad is my friend too, maybe not as my
mum.
Have you ever struggled with what to eat?
I don’t mean to offend some people, but
the truth is that I have never had to struggle. I was lucky enough not
to have (pauses)…Even when it wasn’t rosy for me, my parents were always
providing. My mum made sure I had every single thing that I desired. I
feel bad when I see people struggling before they can eat. I try to
encourage them whenever I see them. I love to encourage young girls and I
love telling them to hold on to God.
Out of the 10 commandments, which do you find difficult to keep?
I don’t want to say it. We all know the
one that is very difficult to keep. I try so much in other areas, but
that one is very difficult to keep (laughs). We know it.
Are you talking about fornication?
I don’t know.
What does love mean to you?
It’s a strong feeling for people that
are supposed to be in love. I used the word ‘supposed’ because it seems
people that hate each other are now even doing it together. As for me,
if I don’t like you, I cannot be sexually attracted to you. Even if you
drop one billion, if I don’t like you, I will not have sex with you.
Can you recall any experience that moved you to tears?
I think that was a long time ago. I have
grown past it. I think I was 18 years old then. I was already in the
university (pauses)…At 16, I was already in the university and I
finished at 20. I didn’t do the national youth service, maybe because I
was very unserious about it. I didn’t just want to serve.
Are you implying that your first boyfriend broke your heart?
He didn’t break my heart; he travelled
out of the country and that was how the relationship ended. I just moved
on when he travelled. He is married now. He is one of the best I have
ever dated.
You sound like a saint most times. So, would you mind telling me some of your vices?
I have a very bad temper. I am stubborn,
but I am trying to calm down. Life has taught me to be patient. I don’t
smoke and I don’t take alcoholic drinks either.
What is your sexual orientation like?
I don’t have problems with homosexuals. I
have lots of friends that are gays and lesbians. But I’m not a lesbian,
so no one should even bring it to me. It irritates me. But you can be
my friend. That is my take on it. Even if you want to follow your dog,
that is cool-I hear human beings and dogs get married now. Do anything,
but don’t bring it to me.
You don’t get attracted to fellow ladies?
How can I get attracted to a woman? It’s
irritating to me. I see some ladies indirectly toasting me. You can be
my friend; we can even talk about your partners, but don’t bring it to
me.
What do you tell some of them when they approach you?
I tell them not to bring it close to me.
Some say they were born like that. I know it’s not normal for a woman
to be attracted to a woman.
What has been your selling point?
Nothing special! It’s just me; my whole being. I don’t have big boobs and I don’t have a big ass either. So, it is just me.


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chiboy okere
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Cooool shes nice i think i like her

victor ndah
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pretty cool

osylove
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Nice discussion she might be goood.

chiboy okere
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Shes coool

ogoja2ogoja
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good insight into her person, i belief all she said are sincear, lessons for the young once coming good luck Ms Ebeye

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