WHY I DON’T COVER MY BOOBS – ACTRESS YVONNE JEGEDE
Yvonne Jegede, one of the girls
that featured in Tuface Idibia’s
“African Queen” video made a
stunning comeback to acting after
several years of being away from
Since her return two years, she has
been inundated with movie scripts
that have kept her very busy. In
this interview, she recounts the
story of her journey into
Nollywood and her personal life.
Since you came back to acting after
years of being away, how many
films have you featured in so far?
You know I have been away for
five years. I returned to the country
in 2012, after my studies abroad.
From 2012 till date, I have featured
in about eight to ten films.
I travelled to America for further
studies immediately after featuring
in 2face’s “African Queen” video. I
studied International Relations in a
University in Cyprus.
Why didn’t you study Theater
A lot of people have asked this
question. But I think I just wanted
to study something outside of what
I am used to, so that, I can broaden
Your name has become a
household name in Nigeria. What
would you say is the secret?
I cannot tell you what the secret is.
But I am just doing what I know
how to do best. I leave the rest to
God. He has been the one who has
lifted me up and I am very grateful
Aside, acting, what else do you
think you can do better?
I am solely into acting for now,
trying to reach a level where I can
now live and divert into so many
At the moment, I am trying to
stablise myself in the industry
having been away for a long time. I
want to get used to the new
Nollywood that is quite different
from the one I left behind several
You said, new Nollywood? What’s
new about the industry?
Before I left the country for
America, there were certain set of
practitioners in the industry. But
today, the story has change. We
now have new faces, who have
genuine love for the industry.
People who have so much talents
that they want to explore. It is very
interesting to have such people in
the industry. It more challenging
now because, everybody is
bringing something new in the
industry. The stories are changing
and they are becoming more
So, how do you intend to find your
place again in the industry?
The people are not my business. I
am just here to work. I just want
to put heads together with whoever
I come across. Give me what you
have, and I bring what I have on
What can you not do without as a
very pretty girl?
My eye pack because I love my
eyes. I always like to make my lips
look good. For the accessories, I
can not do without my golden wrist
watch. I wear it anywhere I go
every day because it gives me
good luck. I like big things and
that’s why I have to get a big wrist
What does love mean to you?
I am a lover of love. I love to love.
I love to be emotional.Love is
something that I appreciate a lot.
Trust me, I am a good lover. I love
my fans, my folks, I love the
people that matters to me. I love to
have people around me.
What is an ideal man to you?
I don’t even know what it is any
more. But I think people at
different ages have different
perspection in respect of what an
ideal man is. He should be more
intelligent than myself.
I need somebody I can learn from
him. He should also be able to take
care of himself. That’s an ideal
man for me. He should not be ugly.
Which part of you body do you
think is your selling point?
I think it is my brain. Talking
about the physical things that
attracts men to me, it depends.
Some people say, it’s my eyes,
others prefer my lips and my
boobs. So, I do not know. When I
love into the mirror, I love
everything about myself.
How was your growing up like?
While growing up, I wanted to be a
beauty queen. I just like getting
attention. I was the first child. For
the first five years of my life, I
have the whole attention in the
world. I am so used to people
coming around me. As a child, I
got everything I needed.
Tell us about your evolution into
As a child, I never dreamed of
going into acting. I loved
modeling, and how paparazzis run
after models. I never had acting in
mind until I met Charles Novia.
When I saw him somewhere in
Surulere, I was like; is this Charles
Novia! And he turned around and
looked at me and said, do I know
you? I replied him, saying I saw
you on the television yesterday .
He quickly asked me if I wanted
to become an actress? I replied in
the affirmative. He later gave me
his call card and invited me for an
audition the following day.
That was it. While I was still
working on the set with Charles
Novia, Uzodimma saw me and
insisted taht he would feature me
in his music video. The next day, I
featured in the African queen
video. That was how I started my
Who are the actresses you look up
I love Genevieve Nnaji. I am also
a fan of Omoni Oboli, and many
Recently you featured in the music
video of Sound Sutan. Do you have
passion for dancing?
Sound Sultan is a big brother. He
called me and said, I am shooting
my music video. Can you come
around and give me your support.
When I got there, I ended up
featuring in the video. This is the
third time, I would be featuring in
a music video. I featured in African
Queen video, Ego and now, Sound
Does that mean you are a dancer?
I am not a dancer. I am not a video
vixien. I can go and sit down and
have a class cup and champagne.
That is different from dancing. I
am not a dancer.
What will you say fame has robbed
The good and the bad. Good, in the
sense that I can walk into anywhere
and get favour ,especially in the
banking hall. Sometimes, I would
be standing in the quene and
somebody would walk up to me
and asked me how much do you
And the person would help me to
make it faster. But the ugly thing is
that, you will not live your life the
way you would want to.
You attacked Ghanaian actress,
Yvonne Nelson on your twitter
handle last year. What triggered off
I am not going to comment on it.
Everybody took side with Yvonne
Nelson, including my friends. So,
I am not going to say anything
about it. The whole world was
against me. I read the negative
reactions of Nigerians online. I was
not expecting anything less. Even
my own friends who never had any
encounter with Yvonne Nelson
took side with her.
You have a penchant for revealing
some part of your body, may be
your boobs. What happened today?
Well, it depends on the clothes. I
have big boobs, so, if the clothes
are not big enough to cover my
boobs you would not blame me
for that. I am not the person who
made my clothes . I just put the
You have passion for revealing
some part of your body?
It depends on my mood. If I want
to expose my back, I will do that.
It goes with my mood.
Is it true that you dated 2face?
I didn’t date 2face. I only featured
in his “African Queen” video. I
have never kissed him before.
Are you not planning to get
When the time comes, I will get
married. I have never given it a
It’s not about thinking, it is about
the right person coming my way.
Many ladies have been thinking
about settling down for years now,
but Mr. right has not come their
You are saying that Mr. right has
not come your way?
Let’s take it like that. I don’t even
have any relationship right now.
Why is it that most actresses do not
want to get married?
How do you mean? Do you think
that a lady would decide to remain
single. As a woman, she still needs
a man. If you do not have a man
in your life, it is so bad. She can
never be a happy woman.
Among the actors in the industry,
who do you have crush on ?
Someone asked me this question
recently. But, even if I have
anybody in mind, do you think I
would disclose the person to you.
It is a secret that I keep to myself. I
am not going to elaborate on that.
What is your take on the same-sex
law in Nigeria?
The answer to the gay law is that,
we got some group of people. If
you support it, you will have some
people that will support you.
But if you are against it, you will
also, have some group of people
who will also support you. So, I
am sitting on the fence. I do not
want to be on anybody’s bad
record. But sincerely speaking, I
think for the federal government to
pass the bill into law, it must be a
very serious matter.
Can you play the role of a lesbian
in a movie?
I can play the role but depending
on the script. If the script is
conveying a moral lesson, yes, I
can do it.
So, it has to do with what message
you are conveying to the people.
Secondly, notwithstanding, as an
actress, I should be able to play
any role. But, I will gladly play the
role as long as I’m not going to
kiss a fellow girl on set.
What of acting nude?
No, I cannot for no reason. I have
people I am answerable to.
Have you been sexually harassed
Sexual harassment in the industry
have to do with what you want. If
you want to be sexually harassed,
you will be. I am saying that
because, even when I am walking
on the road, or in the banking hall,
I usually get passes.
But it depends on what you want. I
do not think every director would
want to sleep with every girl he
comes across. Maybe, I am wrong
but, I don’t think it is possible. I
have had the experience where a
produced would refused to feature
me in his movie because I did not
sleep with him. They might make
their advances to me.
Having featured in many movies,
which of them would you say
challenged you most?
The more challenging movie I have
done since my return is James
Town by Ifeanyi Onyeabor.
In the movie, I played a role that I
have never done before. Most of
roles have always been someone
who is going to cry, or who has
been abandoned and so on.
But in the movie, I played the role
of a drug seller. I sold all sorts of
drugs. I was meant to move about
with a guitar all the time. In this
guitar, I concealed all the drugs
that I was selling. But when
nemesis caught up with me, I got
bruised. I was busy hurting myself
and I enjoyed every bit of the
Would you say that the role
interpreted your real person?
My real person is funny and
loving. I have got a very good
sense of humor that my friends
can’t even contend with, when I
start making them laugh. But, the
roles I have gotten have nothing to
do with my real self. All the roles I
have played, none have really
shown my real self.
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