Having conquered her fears and anxiety, Chiamaka Nwokeukwu is today the brain behind entertaining movies like Wrong Thought, Arabella, Awaken, Unknown Damage, Blind Violence, and Lucy’s Dilemma.
In this interview with Christian Agadibe, Nwokeukwu opens up on her experiences as an actor and filmmaker.
She also talks about her latest movie and ideal man:
What actually inspired your first movie production?
I noticed that producers were just using us and paying us peanuts. And at the end of the day, you see your movie everywhere, making waves. As the lead character, people are calling you all over the place, thinking that you’re making money. But you can’t do anything about it because you don’t have any rights over the movie. I did my calculations and I found out that production pays better, and you know, when you pay people, you have exclusive rights to your works.
What was your first production experience like?
At first, I was scared and anxious! You see, it is not easy to bring people together, put them in a hotel and feed them for weeks, but I did all these after my mom encouraged me. Before I produced my first movie, I had to float a company, The Ship End Production Nigeria Ltd. But at the end of the day, I will say it has been a thrilling experience.
Have you ever been in a relationship where you gave your all and yet it didn’t work out?
When I meet a man and things don’t work out, I just tell him ‘you’re not for me, your woman will come’ and I move on.
How do you handle stubborn fans that won’t keep their eyes away from you?
I don’t answer them; I decline (their offers).
What’s the craziest thing a fan has done to you?
That was when I went to a crusade and a guy popped out of the blue and suddenly lifted me up the ground. I was really scared. He said I look decent and that he likes my movies. Also, he said he loves me because I don’t always expose my body in films and that anytime he sees me crying in movies, he pities me.
Are you single and still searching?
I am single. I haven’t found the right man yet; I haven’t found the apple of my eye.
Could you describe your ideal man?
I don’t like too much ‘cool’. If you are too calm or too nice to me or you want me to be in control always, I might just overshadow you. I don’t like a man to start acting like ‘oh, I don’t want to hurt her’. I like guys that would tell me ‘look, what you did is wrong, don’t do it again’. I need a strong guy that can handle me.
Have you had a female fan making sexual advances at you?
There is this lady that has a lot of followers on social media and she keeps chatting me up. She keeps saying that she sees me in her dreams and that she likes me naturally. What makes me feel she is a lesbian is that she always makes advances at me.