One Nollywood actress who can stand tall without a blister of scandal is Queen Nwokoye. The sultry actress, in this interview she spoke about her role in the most challenging movie she has ever acted, ‘Adure’ with sequel as ‘Ada Mbano’, among other issues. Excerpts…
The most difficult movie I have ever acted is ‘Adure’ with ‘Ada Mbano’ as sequel. Why this movie seemed so difficult for me was because I am from Anambra State and have to act like a village girl from Imo State, and I speak the Imo State dialect of Igbo language. It was really tough for me because I don’t understand that kind of Igbo properly. I even had to learn the language on set from the director of the movie. So it was challenging for me. I took my time to learn the language word-for-word, so as not to make mistakes in anyway. I rehearsed almost everyday until I was perfect before shooting the movie. Till date, that has been the most challeging movie ever since I started acting.What is the most challenging role you have ever played?
What prompted the movie and why did you choose the role?
I believe it is God because it was not an easy movie. Besides, I didn’t really plan for the movie until I was forced to pick the role. It was not like I was given the script for months to prepare properly; they just assigned the role to me and brought someone to teach me the language. Immediately, I picked up. Although I tried to run away from the role because I saw it as stress, I didn’t give up and I did well at the end of the movie. Also, the first three days were tough for me because I kept biting my tongue each time I tried to pronounce some difficult words in the language. I just thank God that the movie came out well and it is doing well in the market.
Can you speak Imo version of Igbo language now?
Very well. In fact, I am now very fluent in the language. I know you have watched the movie and you saw how I was flowing in the language. But the truth is that I am not from Imo.
Most Nollywood stars seem to be relocating to Asaba in Delta State because of constant job offer there. Are you one of them?
Not really, because my hometown is close to Asaba. Anambra is not far from Delta State, so I cannot relocate. But the truth is that I act most of my movies in Asaba. Delta is a good location to shoot movies and that is why some directors and stars are relocating. Not that we cannot divert to other states, but we are more relaxed here and there are good hotels for us. Personally, I prefer working here because Lagos is too stressful and busy for me. The lifestyle is different from what I am used to. I am more comfortable in the East. I even select jobs that come from there; same to most of my collegues. And most of Nigerian movies are being produced in Asaba; that is why we are here temporarily or permanaently. SEE MORE ON PAGE2