Actress Adesua Utomi is a popular name in Nigeria and Africa. She won the best actress award at the last edition of AMVCA 2016. The humble and elegant Edo state born actress had a chat with YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine’s JULIET IKEOKWU at the screening of Hush, a new TV series by DSTV and Multichoice Africa at Four Points by Sheraton (in Lekki, Lagos). We discussed her AMVCA, relationship with Blossom Chukwujekwu and more. Enjoy…
You won the best actress at the recently held AMVCA, how do you feel about winning in a category that had many notable actress in it?
I’m still very excited, still grateful, deeply humbled and I’m slightly nervous too because the pressure is really on. My mandate has always been to put out a good work and I know that a couple of eyes are watching, but my mandate hasn’t changed. I will keep doing the good work.
Are you part of the new TV series, Hush that is being screened?
No, but I have so many of my friends in it like Meg Otawa, RMD, Adela Oye. So many people.
The speech you made while receiving your award was quite emotional, was it motivated by any experience you had in life or in the industry?
When I started, I was afraid to go in to it, because I didn’t want to fail. I didn’t know that it would be my turning point. But my vision changed. I quickly realized that not trying at all is more failure than not giving it your best and failing. Once I started, I gave my best and put all the fears behind me and I’m here and I’m glad I did.
When did you start acting?
I started in 2014 with Knocking on Heaven’s Door. That was a production by Royal Art Academy. Emem Isong gave me the opportunity which I’m very grateful for. That was my first film in life and I think it set the ball rolling for every other good thing that has come my way.
You always act with Blossom Chukwujekwu, describe your relationship.
(Laughs) I don’t know if you know it, but Blossom is a married man and he is like my brother. There are people you meet in life and they make you feel like family. He is one of them. He has my back and I have his and I’m very grateful to have a brother like him who is very supportive and encouraging.
So, how do you plan to sustain and even improve on your success?
Like I said, my mandate has always been to do my best. I want to come off set knowing that I did my best every single time, no matter the situation; whether I’m tired, I go out there and do my best.
What in your opinion makes it difficult for celebrities to sustain success in your industry?
I don’t have any answer to that, but I know that hard work, perseverance, discipline, keeping a good head on your shoulder help success come your way. Also, putting God first. Maybe if you loss any of these things, then it becomes hard to be successful.
What can you say about Mercy Aigbe implying that there is segregation between the native-speaking Nollywood and the English-speaking Nollywood actors?
For one, I think Nollywood is a great industry. I don’t think that there is anything like that, but if there is, I don’t think there should be any sort of division. We are one family and we will collectively lift Nollywood up, no matter the language that is being used. There are so many great talents in the Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa speaking movies. We are one big family, Nollywood is still growing and we all have a chance to it make great.
You are a beautiful woman, how do you handle your male admirers?
I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a male admirer, so I know how to handle them without being disrespectful, but very polite. It’s actually quite flattering.
What’s your advice to the young ones who look up to you?
Go out there and be fearless. No matter what you want to do, have faith, work very hard and keep yourself prepared because you never know when opportunity will come knocking.