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Men Are Dying For My Lips – Bimbo Akinsanya

Men Are Dying For My Lips - Bimbo Akinsanya 1

Olabisi Onabanjo University Micro Biology graduate, Bimbo
Akinsanya, is no doubt one of the best actresses in Nollywood. The
Abeokuta, Ogun State-born star who started acting shortly after her
training in Odunfa Caucus about 10 years ago, in this interview with
P.M. Entertainment, speaks on her career, mother, love life and other
topical issues.

You look good. What is the secret?
I don’t really have any particular secret about my looks. I only try to eat good food and fruits…..Continue

What particular food do you like?
I
love yam a lot; and also tea. As a matter of fact, I drink tea with
plenty of milk every day. My day is never complete until I have a cup of
tea.

How did your acting career start?
I
started about 11 years ago. I was still in school at the time. On this
particular day, I ran into a popular actress, known as Iya Ibeji Omo
Araye Le. I met her at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and
approached her and said I loved to act. She advised me to go to Odunfa
and meet another popular actor, Araosan. But unfortunately, I went there
about two times without meeting him. I later met Ogogo when I went
there the third time.

In other words, Ogogo was your boss. He taught you the rudiments of the profession?
Yes. Ogogo was my boss. He was the one who taught me the job.

Was it your pretty looks that took you to the theatre?
(Prolonged
laughter) No, not at all. You see, I fell in love with acting right
from my days in secondary school. I remember in those days, whenever I
watched stars like Regina Askia and the late Bimpe Adekola, I would feel
like ‘oh I want to be like them’. It was at that point that I decided I
was going to act.

So, how would you describe the journey so far?
The
last 11 years have been very memorable. I’ve had my good times and, of
course, low times. But overall, I need to give God all the glory. You
see, I so much love this job.

Let’s have the good times first.
Like
I told you, I love this job. So, the first thing that I enjoy is
meeting people every day. These are people that matter in the society,
people that can touch your life and make a huge difference in your life.
You walk on the street and people kind of recognise you and want to
touch you. That is something that I really enjoy. Some people would want
you to believe that the pay is poor. In some cases, it is true. But it
is not as bad as they are putting it.

Was there any time you felt like quitting the industry?
There
was nothing like that. Like I told you, I had both good and trying
times. But it never got to a point where I felt like quitting. And don’t
forget that I said I love this job with a passion.

So when did you have your first break?
That was about 10 years ago. It was a minor role, but for me at the time, it was such a big role that took me to cloud nine.

How much were you paid for that role?
I didn’t get anything. But it was worth more than a million dollars at that time.

So you suddenly became a super star in your neighbourhood with a waka pass role.
Yes. I needed to flaunt it in my neighbourhood that a star has arrived.

How long did it take for the major roles to start coming?
It wasn’t long at all. I think it was about my second or third job that fetched me a major role.

How did your parents take it when they realised you were going to be an actress?
My
mummy was against it at the beginning. She was like “you cannot do it.
You don’t want to get married?” But I did my best to convince her that
being an actress does not mean you won’t be married or that you won’t be
responsible. But my dad wasn’t really bothered. He only gave me a
condition that I must go to school.

And you agreed to the condition?
Yes.
I first studied Laboratory Technology at the Osun State Polytechnic,
Ire. Then I went on to study Micro Biology at the Olabisi Onabanjo
University.
But Bimbo, I feel you have proved your mummy right somehow.

How do you mean?
How
do I answer your question? But the truth is that my mother is very
proud of me now. She is Iya Bimbo to everybody, and she loves that.
However, like a mother, she may not really be happy that I am not yet
married. But the only certain thing in life is death. I always tell
people that death is the only thing that is in life. Marriage, children
or any other thing, nobody can say with certainty that those things
would happen. I am not saying that I wouldn’t get married. For sure, I
would get married and have my own kids. But it would happen at God’s
time.

Are you into a relationship at the moment?
Yes, I am into a relationship. We both love each other and we are working towards sealing the relationship with marriage.

So what’s your ideal man?
My
man must be handsome and godfearing. He must also be of good height.
However, religion is not an issue. He can be a Christian or a Muslim.
All I want is that he must have the fear of God in him.

The fad among celebrities is to have tattoos on their bodies. Do you have any?
Yes, I have two tattoos on my body.

And on what part of the body do you have yours?
(Laughter) I know what you’re driving at. Well, my tattoos are on my arms. I have a cross on one arm and a bird on the other.

What’s the significance of the bird, or are you…
Cuts in… Why didn’t you ask about the significance of the cross?

Have you produced any movie?
Yes, I have three productions to my credit. They are Agbara Ife, Soko Sale and Eni Maa kure.

There
is a trend among artistes in Nigeria. The women seem to be doing better
than the men in terms of wealth. What do you think is responsible for
this?

I’m not sure you are right about this. If you look
round very well, I’m sure that you’ll find some men who are doing very
well too.

You are kind of cantankerous in most of your movies. How does this character apply to you as Bimbo Akisanya?
I
think that depends on how you look at it. Yes, some people might want
to say that I am stubborn. But the truth is that I don’t take nonsense
from people. And the reason is that I try as much as possible not to do
to anybody what I wouldn’t like them to do me. For this simple reason,
if you say one word, I’m always ready to say three words to you.  I
don’t have too many friends because I don’t go to clubs or parties. This
is not to say that it is bad, but that is just my own way of life.

Which of your movies do you love most?
It
is difficult for me to say which one is the best. But I love movies
like Agogo Eewo and Tambolo. The two movies have remained memorable to
me.

About a week ago, a Lagos court set you free in a case of conspiracy and wounding a pastor. What happened?
The
last 10 months have been tough for me. The story started like a joke
and before I knew what was happening, I found myself in court. It all
started last October when a woman came with the police to our house. The
woman is a pastor and a neighbour. She told the police that I came to
her church with some men and ordered them to shoot her. Prior to that
incident, there had been a serious argument between the woman and other
residents who claimed that she disturbs them with noise from her church.
The landlords association even took up the matter and reported her to
the police and other government authorities. I was never part of the
move to stop the woman, so it was a big surprise to me at first. The
police first took me to their station at Shasha, and later to SARS. Even
the police were confused as to why the woman would accuse me of such
grave offence because we never had any cause to fight. She even said she
does not know me well. So why she would claim that I led some gunmen to
her church to kill her left me confused. However, the matter ended up
in court. And for the 10 months that the trial lasted, I can simply say
life was tough. One particular thing that impressed me in the entire
episode was how the police handled the case. They did an excellent job.

So, how does it feel to be vindicated by the court?
I
can’t really say how I felt when the judgment was read. I shed joyful
tears. It was an experience I couldn’t explain. But I give all the glory
to God for giving me justice.

Tell me about your growing up.
I
am the last child in a family of six. I grew up in Yaba area of Lagos
before my parents moved from that area. As the last child, my parents,
especially my mum, pampered me and would not allow me do some household
chores in those days. For me, growing up was fun.

Most actresses in Nigeria wear scandals like second clothes. Is it same with you?
It’s
not as you are putting it. I think most of us are simply trying to live
with it. I no longer bother myself about what people say about me
because I realised that some people go out of their way to try to bring
you down.

What is the worst thing ever said about you?
It
was a story published by a soft-sell magazine about five or six years
ago. They wrote that I am wayward and that I am fond of sex.

Are you wayward or fond of sex?
I
am not wayward in any way. I think the question should be how they
found out that I am wayward or fond of sex. How much of me do they know?
This is one aspect of your profession that I really don’t like, people
speculate about others a lot. I am not saying that I am a perfect being,
but that is not enough reason for anybody to write lies about me.

Given the opportunity, what part of your body would you love to change?
I don’t think there is any part of my body that I don’t like.

Okay. What part do you like most?
I love my voice, eyeballs and others. But the part I love most are my lips.

Do you deliberately use the lips to attract men?
How
do you mean? I don’t go out of my ways to use my lips to draw
attention. However, most men would tell me that they love my lips. Some
would even ask that a single kiss would be enough for them and all that.

So how many calls do you get from men daily?
I
cannot count the number of calls I get in a day. It gets worse every
day because the men are getting daring, asking to date me and other
naughty stuff.

What advice would you give the upcoming actresses?
They
should know that everything that glitters is not gold. In those days, I
wanted to be like Liz Benson and Bimpe Adekola. But I realised that I
needed to be myself. So I’d advise them to be themselves and work hard
to achieve whatever dream they have.

—Kayode Aponmade

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