The beautiful actress has a long chat with Guardian Life Magazine and talks about her career, her love life, her role in The Wedding Party, close friends, Nollywood, her future plans and more.
Adesua made her debut into the Nollywood film industry in 2014 with Knocking on Heaven’s Door and a year after bagged the Best Actress in a Drama Award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in Falling. In 2017 she went on to become part of the cast for one of the highest grossing movies in Nigerian history The Wedding Party. Prior to that, she had been very much involved in the theater scene featuring in plays like Shattered, Anatomy of a Woman, London Life Lagos Living, Saro 1 and 2 and The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives to mention a few.
Read excerpts from her interview below
On what her strategy was when she came into the Nollywood industry: I didn’t come here thinking I am going to meet this person and meet that person, my strategy was prayer and divine connections. That was what I was going for, I wasn’t trying to look for who was going to help me or give me a handout. I knew what I wanted to become and I didn’t know how I wanted to get there but I knew the things I didn’t want to do to get there. I knew there were certain things that were associated with success and that’s preparation, staying prepared, keeping the work at the forefront of everything that I do.
On how she got her role for The Wedding Party: I auditioned just like everybody else. On the first day I came for the audition I read with three guys, so that’s three different stages then on my fourth audition stage I had to read with Banky and that’s when I got the role and that was when he got the role too because he went through the audition process as well. He had to read with myself and someone else before they finally decided on myself and him for the final pick.
On her every morning activity: The fair lady of Nollywood is guilty like the rest of us when she reveals three things she does when she wakes up every morning, “I wake up, I pick up my phone, I try to say a prayer and then I make a particular phone call” (she laughed, obviously alluding to Banky W). She also admits to being a home buddy and a movie lover which is how she takes down time from her busy schedule with some good food.
On her inner circle: I’m very particular about my inner circle, you can count my closest friends on one hand and that’s because I believe you just need a few good friends, I am very friendly to everybody else. Also my family, my mum, those are the people that keep it all together for me and they are always there and you can’t beat that.
On how she balances her job: I just do it. As I’m talking to you since the beginning of this year, I have worked every single month, I have shot in South Africa for two months. I came back and went to shoot for a month in Nsukka. I just remember that I am a vessel and I just have to keep going because I owe it to myself, the fans and people that love watching what I do to do this. I also try to make a conscious effort to take a break, so once I am done with my projects towards the end of July, I’m going to give myself a little break and then come back.
On how she picks a movie to act In: For Etomi, script selection is key. She says, “The story, the characters, the relationships, those are the things that attract me to the script.” She adds, “ If I read a really great script and I don’t have peace doing it, I don’t do it and I think it has worked for me so far.”
On her plans for the future: In the nearest future, Adesua hopes to have an acting school in the bid to bridge the gap currently in the industry with the lack of young talents. She’d also like to become a producer as well as a mother to many saying, at some point, my ten-year plan, maybe even less, is to open an orphanage, I love children and I am very passionate about people and children that need help, so I feel like I am going to be a mom to many.