I Need Another Man To Lean On -Eucharia Anunobi
Ace actress, Eucharia Anunobi, is one of the most prominent faces in Nollywood. She speaks on some issues with TOPE OLUKOLE.
How's your divorce case going?
We are still in court, but I am sure judgment would be passed soon. So, we take it from there.
Have you found another love?
I can't think of another man until the first one is all over.
Have you reviewed the qualities of your man?
He's got to be God-fearing, It is not about being handsome, tall or hardworking. All those ones are necessary but the foundation, the background, when a man has got the fear of God, then he would understand what it means to truly love a woman. That means he will cherish her. And that means he will be by her side through thick and thin; when she grows old, when she grows fat, when she's sick. So, when a man knows God, he's a better man. But on the other hand, one needs a man who's got a job. It's not about being a millionaire, he must have something he's doing, so that he can have a sense of belonging, a sense of individuality.
Are men not disturbing you with calls since you are single again?
I haven't seen them o. Please tell them to come o. Tell them to come very fast, I want them because my God said a woman should not be alone. And a man should not be alone too.
You still look stunning at your age, what has sustained you?
My faith in God. I have absolute faith in God. And when you have faith in God, He will just give you glory all the way.
Apart from God?
I love dancing and I take a lot of water. I am also crazy about fruits. Anybody who knows me will know I love fruits and water.
But some say sex is also good?
There are lots of other things that keep one younger and stronger.
That's one. It's a form of exercise. That's what we know. It is one of the recipes for looking youthful, younger and a great shape for those who can get it.
What's the hardest part of your job?
It's when people attribute the role you have done in a movie to your personal life, forgetting that we are doing a make-believe job, that somebody wrote out the story and we are just chosen to act it. On the other hand, I will take it as a credit because it means you've done your job very, very well.
What's the worst thing that has been written about you?
I don't really put this in mind because I just consider the fact that being in the public eye, whether you like it or not, people would want to write good or bad. As they say, bad news is news and good news is no news.
When you look back, would you say you are living your dream?
Let me put it this way, I won't say I came into Nollywood to be noticed. I just had the innate desire to do my job. I just found out that when I was small, I loved acting. So, for me, it wasn't to be known or for material benefit but to make people happy. I remember I used to do comic stuff with my siblings.
I would wear my father's coat and shoes to act like him or sometimes I would tie my mummy's headgear and act like her. For now, you can say I am living my dream of entertaining people and being a role model. Then, I haven't got to the height of my career. So, I am not living my dream completely until we shoot movies that would be accepted internationally more than what we have already.
I am also looking at movies shot with hightech equipment and a lot of money involved. It may be a kind of collaboration of international artistes in Hollywood, only then will I say I am living my dream.
What is the good thing about being an actress?
The fact that it opens doors for you, people appreciate you, you stand above the crowd.
What to you is the greatest problem of Nollywood?
We don't have the kind of money we need to make the kind of movies we need. I give kudos to those who started the industry out of nothing. Now it has gone beyond them. We need billionaires to come into the industry to do better movies.
The industry will fall if these investors don't come. It will fall because a lot of criticisms are coming up. People are now looking at scriptwriting, acting, directing and all other aspects of production.
So, you need money to meet up with these challenges. It is no longer what we used to produce. We have international exposure and people are expecting more.
A lot of your colleagues and even younger actresses are going into movies production, what's delaying you?
Not everybody can be a producer. We are all cut out to do different things. Kudos to those who ventured into some other things. I have other things I am also doing. I have always been into private enterprise, which I don't have to go about showcasing or talk about so much. For my colleagues, I watch their movies and I am happy for them.
How is your son, Joshua doing?
I thank God. It's been hectic moving from one hospital to the other. That is why one needs a man to assist.