Beautiful Gina Omonuku is an actress and upcoming musician. She has acted in a series of top notch movies and TV series produced by African Magic. She’s a lady with a bundle of talents, ready to take the music industry by storm. In a chat with VANESSA OKWARA, she shares her dreams and aspirations
I’m from Delta State, Urhobo Warri in to be precise. I’m from a family of nine and the last girl. I’m an actress and singer; acting is actually my passion and singing is a talent that I’ve. When I was growing up, I was in the choir for a long time, like eight years before I got admission into school. So it was what I did whole-heartedly without stress. I was the choir mistress at a point; that’s how good I was.
Singing is something I knew I had in me. Acting is something that I knew I wanted to do. I told my older siblings but acting is a job they are scared if I go into, I might eventually not complete my education. But one day, I went for an audition in 2005-2006 for ‘Shallow Waters’, a TV series and I got picked and I was surprised because it was my first audition.
After that, I had to pursue my education. I went to Imo State University and I studied History and International Relations. Eventually, I was still going to pursue my passion because it is something I wanted to do.
When it comes to your acting career, what’s your first big break?
The first break I had in acting was a movie I acted in that was produced by Andy Best Productions, ‘Doro the African Queen’ which starred Emeka Enyiocha, Angela Okorie and I; the director was Andy Chukwu. That was a major one for me. I’ve also worked with African Magic, I’ve done TV series and I’ve one going on right now at African Magic Urban.
What’s going on with your music career?
My music career is not up there yet but I’m planning to release my first single before the end of the year. I believe it’s going to make a loud sound in the industry.
What kind of music do you do?
I do R&B and dancehall but the first one I’m going to release will be dancehall.
Who are your role models in music both nationally and internationally?
Internationally, I will say Rihanna because she’s into music so deeply and it’s written all over her. That is one person I actually look up to in the music industry. In Nigeria, I will pick Tuface. He’s ever young when it comes to music. His humility is second to none and then for the females, that will be Tiwa Savage, Sheyi Shay and Yemi Alade.
What’s your unique selling point that makes you stand out in the industry?
I think my highest selling point will be my person. This is because I’m always real all of the time. People get attached to my person and I can’t even explain why. I don’t think it’s about my looks though; I still have my talents to back me up because in this industry, looks is not enough.
Are you in a relationship?
Yes I am. It’s about two years now.
So what attracted you to him?
He’s always himself. I don’t like it when you pretend to be who you are not. So for me, he’s true to himself always and I like people like that.
There’s this belief in showbiz that sex sells. Are you going to be showcasing that part of you?
That is why I said I like to always be myself. I love to be sexy but I have my limits.
What are your limits or what degree of sexiness do you do?
I can’t go nude. That’s my limit; I can never go nude for whatever amount. Based on my career as an artiste, I can be sexy. I’m not scared but rather bold to show it. I love wearing sexy outfits but I can’t go nude.
When it comes to exposing parts of your body, which one are you more comfortable to showcase?
I like to wear skimpy clothes. I love wearing bum shorts a lot. If you check my wardrobe, I have a lot of bum shorts and short dresses. But I don’t like exposing my boobs for whatever reasons. I feel if I expose it and you are talking to me, that is where your attention will be.
What part of your body would you say is the sexiest?
I will say my boobs actually, although I don’t expose it. People say I have good lips so that’s also my sexy part.
What’s your fashion style?
I like to be comfortable. I like trying out new things but hate to follow the trend. What I wear also depends on my mood. I like simplicity and not do so much. So simple and fancy will describe my style.
How do you maintain your beauty?
I work out a lot and I drink a lot of water. I was even scared at a point if there is a side effect of drinking a lot of water. I’m almost addicted to drinking water.
How do you relax?
I relax all the time, even when I’m talking.
Who is your role model in your acting career?
I love Mercy Johnson. She’s someone I look up to in the industry. I’ve actually worked with her before but not closely. She’s just too real to be true.
Did you get parental consent for your acting career?
For my acting career, my mum never liked it. She says people in this field never get married. But she was super proud to watch some of my movies. It’s understandable for her to be scared though.
Since you’re already in a relationship, is your fiancé worried about your career?
He’s in full support of my career. That is where I draw my strength from. He’s even the one pushing me to go forward; he has absolutely no problem with my career.
Where do you hope to see your career in the next five years?
I’m always scared to answer this question because where I see myself is so big that I’m even scared to say it aloud. I work hard and I’m focused, I’ve a big dream that I can’t let anything drag me back. So in the next five years, I don’t know if it sounds so big if I say I see myself in Hollywood. I see myself featuring in Hollywood block busters. For now, I’m focused on my music career this year, that’s my major priority for now but next year, I’m hoping to produce my own movie.
Meet newly fortified Nollywood actresses
It’s said life begins at 40 and this is aptly so for some of our top actresses who reached that age recently. These beautiful ladies have made remarkable achievements in their journey as Nollywood thespians as most of them started acting when they were so young. ABIOLA ALABA PETERS brings to you top actresses who recently turned 40 with various movies, awards and endorsements to show for it
On February 15, 2018, busty screen diva, Foluke Daramola turned 40. She is still looking very sexy and exudes glamour anywhere she appears. She has used her poise to win several awards and endorsement deals with major brands in the country. The proud and beautiful mother recently shared lovely birthday photos and also celebrated with people with Down syndrome and the Blind People’s Home with a photo-documentary series. According to her, she will be using the series as a reposition on all forms of abuses and menace in the society through her non-governmental organisation, Passion Against Rape and Abuse Africa. “I feel so moved to tears, with my birthday celebration everywhere. I thank everyone that has been celebrating me and all my family and friends; thanks so very much for the celebration, may celebration never depart from your lives, God bless you all abundantly for the love, I feel really loved and special for all the show of love”. Foluke graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife with a degree in International Relations.
Funke Akindele Bello
Award winning actress, Funke Akindele Bello turned 40 on August 24, 2017. The ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ star was treated to a surprise birthday celebration by her husband, hip-hop singer and producer, Rasheed-Bello aka JJC skillz. It was a star-studded celebration, as family, friends, and colleagues stormed their Amen Estate home. Funke, who is one of the most sought after Nigerian actresses on Google, could not hide her joy as she took to her Instagram to thank everyone that made her day memorable. Akindele Olufunke Ayotunde Bello was born in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria. In 2009, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role. She was first noticed on screen after featuring in popular United Nations series on Aids/HIV, ‘I Need to Know’, which ran from 1998 to 2002. She played Bisi, a curious but highly intelligent secondary school student. She rose to stardom, through her produced movies, ‘Return of Jenifa’. Funke Akindele has over a hundred movies to her credit as an actress, writer and producer.
Omotola Jalade Ekehinde
Popularly known as Omo Sexy. Omotola is not just another actress but a proud mother of four. Omotola got married to her husband who is a pilot at the age of 18 and ever since she has been a super actress and mum to her four children. The Ondo State-born multiple-award winning actress, who also doubles as singer got ‘fortified’ on February 7, 2018. She celebrated her special day with a five-day long list of events. The United Nations Ambassador was also rumoured to have spent a whopping sum of N15 million for her birthday celebration. Omotola is one of the very few entertainers who is quite an icon when it’s comes to fashion. Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming the most watched actress in Africa. In 2013, she was honoured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
The Edo State-born actress surely knows how to make 40 look so sexy! Although there have been so many controversies around her; from a messy divorce with her husband of many years to the controversial red dress she wore to celebrate her 40th birthday, the newly ‘fortified’ damsel took to her social media page on her 40th birthday to reveal how happy and fulfilled she is, “Today I witness the unfolding of a new chapter in my life and I’m very grateful for this. For many years I have looked forward to the day I will turn 40 and now I am happy it has finally come”. Mercy Aigbe is a household name in Nollywood, especially in the Yoruba genre of the film industry. The Benin, actress has one of the sexiest bodies in the industry despite having two children. She graduated from the University of Lagos.
Iyabo Ojo is one sexy Nollywood actress who has successfully carved a niche for herself in the make-believe world. The proud mother of two is one of the few actresses who have tried to stay off controversies. Iyabo is a powerful lady who has been able to mesmerise men even at the ripe age of 40. Attractive and industrious, the single mother is as hot as ever. Iyabo Ojo is an actress who started her career as far back as 1998. She made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba genre. She is an A-list actress and producer and has featured in over 150 movies. Born in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, South-western Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagada in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a Diploma certificate in Estate Management.
Deji Doherty lays father to rest in style
Engineer Deji Doherty is known to different people for various things. While the dude is cherished by some for his business acumen which has helped him succeed in whatever he puts his hands, the chubby and tiny voiced power dresser to others is a man who deserves to be held in high esteem in his constituency as a politician who stands for his people.
While it is an established fact that this handsome politician is highly concerned about the wellbeing of the people, the PDP Chieftain, it has been discovered is also passionate about his father. The father, at the ripe age of 84, after a brief illness passed on.
The former Lagos State governorship aspirant said he was so close to his father that he didn’t believe he had passed on until when he and his brother took the corpse to the morgue. After several weeks of planning and burial arrangement, the deceased was committed to mother earth penultimate weekend.
With the status of the deceased as well as that of his children who are all doing very well in their various fields of endeavour, Pa Doherty could not have asked for more if it was possible as the burial process which took place both in Ibadan and Lagos was nothing short of a befitting burial. Pa Julius Adetunji Doherty,
from popular Lagos family was a medical doctor and successful businessman.
Hot bespoke Asoebi styles
Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.
At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!
The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.
So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.
Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.
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