"I’ILL RE-MARRY …. BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW SOON" – STAR ACTRESS, OBOT ETUK
Nollywood radiant star actress, Obot Etuk was shot into limelight with her scintillating roles in “Deadly Proposal” and “Rituals”.
In this interview with Showbiz, stunningly looking divorcee screen goddess cum-costumier from Ikot Abasi in Akwa Ibom State opened up on her plan to venture into politics and her plan to re-marry among others.
What are you doing at present?
Obot Etuk is quietly doing one or two legal businesses in Lagos and Akwa Ibom, her state of origin.
I don't know what's wrong: producers have not called me to feature in movies for more than over a year now. I'm still waiting for them to make up their minds and give me job.
What are these businesses you're into?
I'm making an in-road in Akwa Ibom State by visiting my people and constituency. I want them to know me better. I'm also trying to know them better.
We heard a rumour that you're going into politics come 2007? How true is this?
We all are political animals.
I would want to go into politics.
What could have prompted your inability to get movies' roles like before or were you banned secretly by the marketers?
No! I was not banned. I don't know what's actually wrong. I took a break some time ago to be able to have time for my children, since their father is not with them. I left acting for costuming and before you could say jack, everybody started seeing me as a costumier and not an actress anymore. This was when the problem started.
I had to tell them no, I'm an actress and not a costumier. I finally stopped costuming and returned to full-time acting, which is my first love.
Which was the last movie you featured in before your “quiet ban”?
I appeared in a movie last in 2004. The movie is titled “End of Money”.
What was your role in the movie?
I played the wife of Kanayo O. Kanayo. He was a 419 person in the movie.
I assisted him in duping people of millions of naira. I also costumed the movie.
Have you bothered asking some of these producers and marketers, why they stopped giving you movie roles for over a year now?
I've asked some of them my offence, but they all kept quiet.
You produced a movie two years ago and till date, nothing has been heard about it, why?
I actually produced that movie for a purpose. When the time comes, we will give a title and push it into the market.
It was an epic movie about the secrets of a Calabar woman. We are just adding finishing touches to it.
You're a single parent with three grown up children, how has it been raising these children alone without a man by your side?
I don't agree with you that there is no man by my side. It's only that the father of my children is not here with us.
Where is he?
I don't want to know where he is, but he is alive. We got separated and later divorced. Every document is intact. We got married in 1985 and divorced in 2002. The marriage didn't last long.
We married very young. He was 18, and I was 15. He later went to the US and fell in love with someone else and same thing happened to me here, while he was away. He overstayed and I could not wait.
If given the chance, would you still want to go back to your husband?
I don't think so.
Are you planning towards re-marrying soon?
I'm a woman. I will re-marry, but I don't know how soon that will happen. I'm still young. I'm in my mid 30s. There is a man in my life, but I won't go further than this.
For how long have you been dating?
He has been there all these while, but we kicked it off almost two years now.
How does your children relate with him, do they love him?
He has never been to my house once.
Now that you're in love again, what do you cherish being in love?
Love is sweet when you find the right person.
Has love been fair to you?
Yes! It has been very fair to me.
As a pioneer actress, how would you rate Nollywood?
When we started then, we had a vision but did not know it would be this big.
I'm proud and happy that Nollywood is now a noble profession. My dream is to see us surpass Hollywood.
It might not be in this our generation. But I'm optimistic about it.
Financially, has it been rewarding for you as a star actress?
Financially, I don't think so, but in terms of fulfillment derived from being an actress, I will say yes. It's been rewarding for me as an actress. I found happiness and joy in acting.
People said you didn't perform well during your tenure as the vice president of Actors Guild of Nigeria?
People are entitled to their opinions. Did they know how we moved to our secretariat at National Theatre? I don't want to join issues with anybody.
But one day, my works and contributions will speak for me.
In the next couple of years, where do you want to be?
I want to be among those who will be at the helm of affairs and find solutions and ways on how to better this country.
If you are to meet God today, what major wish would you ask from him?
I will beg him to change Nigeria and make it a better place for us to live in.
Can you tell us about your family background?
We are from a strict monogamist Christian home. All born again Christians. We are four, two boys and two girls. I'm the second to the last child. Dad is a retired major in the Nigerian Army