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Actress Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha: “Why I Married My Husband Secretly”

May 19, 2013


Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha is one of the popular Nigerian actresses, who has done quite well for herself in the industry since she joined in 2000.
With over 50 movie roles to her credit in the last 13 years, the actress recently joined the world of producers with her debut flick, On Bended Knees. She spoke to Movie Moments’ Mutiat Alli on her life, people’s perception of her been arrogant and her hubby.

How do you feel as a new entrant into the world of production?

I can’t really explain how I feel because this a dream I have nurtured for so long and seeing it come to reality is just like a dream come true to me and perhaps the reception has been immeasurable considering the fact that it is my first major production as a producer.

What actually prompted your decision to turn producer over night?

I want to correct that impression of me turning into a producer over night simply because I have been in the industry for quite an age now and for me to produce a movie of my own is just to let the world understand the fact that even been an actress; I can as well turn out to be fantastic producer and that has been my dream for a very long time.

On Bended Knees is directed by good hands; what formed your choice of selection?

I feel they both understood what I was looking out for in the production of the movie; so having Emem Isong and Lancelot Imasuen as my directors is the greatest thing that happened to me because they both believed in my dream. Even at the time of giving up on the production; they were both there to encourage me and at the end of it all I was able to have a fantastic movie.

What is the movie all about?

On Bended Knees is a movie very dear to my heart. It’s a captivating story of a young and vibrant man who relegated his duties as a husband and the man of the house to the background. His wife, ignored and lonely, finds comfort in the company of her boss. It is discovered that the wife is having an affair with her boss and things take a new twist. This story happens every day even in the midst of the “seemingly” perfect relationships. It’s a movie every home should have and watch.

Considering when you started in the industry; what is your view on the standard of movies been produced in Nigeria presently?

Well professionally, I started acting in 2000 and there is a far difference between the kind of films produced now and back in the days; I can authoritatively say it loud and clear that the Nigerian movie industry has been impressive considering the kind of equipments we now use in shooting our movies. Also, we have been able to meet up with international standard. I believe the sky is our starting point and definitely not our limit.

You have managed and maintain an almost scandal free reputation; how have you been able to manage this?

I feel it has been the grace of God because we all are not created perfect and as such we just manage to be our self and be of the best behavior.  I just feel being an actor opens you up to controversies, scandals and all that. Maybe I’ve just been lucky.

You turned 33 just last month. Looking ahead, what do you hope to have achieved by your next birthday?

I hope that by my next birthday, I would have done another movie and grown from this level. There is no stagnancy in the industry. If you don’t see an actor for a period of time in movies, it doesn’t mean they are not doing something. Some are directing, some are producing, some are rebranding. There is no dry moment. For me, I want to move to another level by my next birthday.

As a married woman, what has marriage taught you?

I have learnt a lot from been a married woman because it only take the Grace of God for two people who are completely different to stay together for the rest of their lives. One major thing I have learnt is patience and perseverance. One needs to tolerate one another.  I and my husband not just see ourselves as been married; we are also friends.

Much has not been said about your husband; how will you describe him and why haven’t we been seeing you two together?

I have got the best husband as a friend and the father of my children; he is loving, caring and has been supportive of my career and for not seeing him around me; it’s our mutual agreement to make our marriage private. We are happy and our source of joy been our children.

What is that one impression that people have about you and you would like to correct?

Definitely it’s going to be on this issue of me been arrogant which I know I am not; I strongly believe in the saying that you don’t judge a book by its cover. I guess people of that impression are people who don’t know me or aren’t closer to me. I am not arrogant

[Interview culled from Movie Moments]


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  • Reply Nmadubueze Nwude. May 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Trueth Abi?, in the years back everybody in the market, a home on street like to watch Chioma Chukwuka because she dress well and also act well too. Bt atime goes on mind and mouth begin to wangling about her upon all she knows the truth, but there is old saying that says that, there is truth in eny gossip or rumour that float on the Air about some one, let me drop impression before l drop my pen, every field that cannot produce a wife or a hushand to it menbers is not a worthy business at all.

  • Reply Ebony May 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    she is very arrogant

    • Reply beauty May 20, 2013 at 1:44 am

      @Ebony i just have one question for you,have you met her n spoken with her for you to know that she is arrogant?stop saying crazy things pls

    • Reply Joshua May 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Everybody is, depends onhow yousee it!

    • Reply Winnie May 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      How do u know…pointing a finger at someone doesnt make any better. We all live by Gods grace

  • Reply Florence May 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I like her.she is an ideal woman.can you give her my email

  • Reply gorgoeous May 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Chioma chulwuka is very very arrogant and proud……I used to have this very great impression abt her until I met her in person…..unlike. Monalisa chinda. I tot was proud and full of herself but isn’t at all…..

    • Reply baby July 8, 2013 at 6:46 am

      U r a busy body,chioma is 1 of d best actress av eva heard and seen on screen even tho we avnt met.She’s humble mere looking at her,she’s meek and gentle.I won’t blamed people 4 sayn she’s arrogant REASON WHY they also wana contribute,just to say sumfin out of there foolishness.Chioma is cool and decent,she’s a role model.

  • Reply Joshua May 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Does she have a friend?

  • Reply May 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

    love her movies tho.

  • Reply ifnot4God May 24, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I like Chioma very well and i also like her movies. She acts a good girl/good wife in any movie. A friend of mine said she’s very arrogant too that she met her in person at one hospital in Surulere; she greeted her but she shunned her. That’s not good. But I’ll continue to like her and also watch her movies until she shuns me.

  • Reply zukky June 12, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I like her thou’ am nt a nollywood fan.I heard a lot about her but being arrogant will bring her down if she continue 2 b.I love ur good nature friend just keep it up.

  • Reply Adorable July 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    In every rumour there is a piece of truth, her stay during d Gulder ultimate search 4 stars, gave a different side of her. Well hope she changes.

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