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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

the industry.

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

my mind.

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

to Him.

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

other things.

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

years ago.

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

the table.

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

acting career.

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

Sutan’s video.

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

you of?

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

the attack?

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

clothes on.

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

before now?

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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