AMARA MADUKA: When I Get S-3-x, I Get It Good
Burgeoning actress, Amara Maduka, is doing great on the plus-size thespians and unarguably one of the fast-rising thespians in the Nigerian movie industry. The Anambra State born, who is very passionate about being a charmer on the TV screen spoke to LANRE ODUKOYA on the challenges of an upcoming actor, love life and family among sundry issues.
How long have you been acting?
This is my 5th year
Could you mention names of some big movies you have done?
I’ve been part of Maduka Daughters, Village Flavour, Okirika, The Israelite, Good marriage and Three bad girls, to mention but a few.
How did you join the movie industry?
I joined the industry after school. I knew I have the talent and I decided to pursue it.
What were the challenges you faced at the early stage?
My weight was a big challenge. I was very fat at the time and I didn’t get featured in characters I know I can deliver because all the producers saw was a fat, ugly girl. Not my talent.
How did you overcome it?
Oh well, when you get tired of being fed bullshit, you have to make a change at some point. All that matters is how you see yourself. I knew I am more than they could see and that image alone, kept me going.
How supportive were your parents when you joined Nollywood?
I have just my Mum now. My Dad wouldn’t have allowed it, but My Mum is supportive. I lost my dad in 2012.
Did your boyfriend at that time give you the go-ahead as soon as you informed him?
I’ve never really dated anyone all my life. It’s funny but true. I’m just learning to truly give love a chance now.
Why haven’t you ever dated anyone?
I’m too sensitive. I thought not dating at all was best to avoid heartbreaks and all.
So, are you saying you are still a virgin?
I said I didn’t date. I didn’t say I don’t have sex.
How do you have sex without dating?
Dating is not the only way to have sex.
Have you been heartbroken once?
Not at all.
So, you had no emotional attachment with your partners?
From me to them, no. From them, well people pretend a lot in this country. So I wouldn’t know.
.How long can you stay without sex?
Oh, I can stay for as long as I want to. I’m not a freak on sex. But when I get it, I get it good.
I have heard people say to sexually satisfy a plus sized lady is a hard journey, how true?
That’s based on individual differences. It’s wrong to generalise stuffs like that.
What’s your spec when it comes to Mr. Right for marriage?
I’m attracted to a person’s mind and rarely the body. If he’s got a good heart and a sound mind, that’s it for me. Physical appearances don’t really count. Doesn’t mean I’d marry a monster or a dwarf though. But his pocket counts. I can’t help the world if I’m helpless. If you know what I mean. I need a rich man.
What would you say is Nollywood’s greatest challenge?
Finance is. Everything balls down to money. We don’t have investors. All we get is criticism and little support. Nigerians keep comparing us to Hollywood and it baffles me. We do what we do out of little or nothing and we are able to get result. Not Hollywood standard perhaps but if we have half of what those guys have, we’d shake the world.
What would Amara be doing for a living, if she’s not an actress?
I’d probably be into fashion which I’m still going to visit eventually though.
Do you have a crush on any male celebrity?
I have a crush on no one.
What’s your best fashion accessory?
I really love my fancy rings and chains.
Is that the fashion line you intend going into?
I intend going into plus-size clothing. It’s difficult for a fat girl to find trendy clothes and I want to help with that.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from everything around me.
Days ago a colleague of yours made a confession of the weirdest place she has had sex. What’s yours?
The weirdest place I’ve had sex was in the pool.
Were you not caught?
It was a private pool.
Was the pool sex worth the while?
You can’t imagine.
Any regrets in life?
No regrets. I take the lessons and move on.
What is your best moment as an actress?
When someone looked me up on Facebook, asked for my account details and sent me money from London for making his family laugh.
Do you like adventures?
Of course, adventures feed the soul. I love adventures.
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