•My father virtually disowned me as a result of I went into appearing
•Individuals criticizing Odumeje don’t know him
By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Her identify will not be as widespread as the flicks she has starred in, however stunning actress, Ify Eze is a sight to behold. She’s all the way down to earth, loving and as innocent as a snail. When Showtime Movie star bumped into her in Asaba, final weekend, the light-skinned actress was lively, and able to share her story. Apart being a proficient actress, Ify Eze is among the trusted confidants of widespread Onitsha-based pastor, Prophet ‘Ndaboski’ Odumeje. On this encounter, the actress shares the story of her journey into Nollywood, her relationship with Odumeje and why it’s vital that she should look glamorous always amongst others.
Many actors have completely different tales of their venturing into the film trade. So, what’s your individual story?
It has at all times been my dream to enter appearing. I began my appearing profession in 2003, after I visited my uncle in Onitsha. Considered one of my cousins who was into film manufacturing took me to an audition that occurred in Onitsha then. I used to be suggested to register with the Actors Guild of Nigeria,AGN, earlier than I may very well be allowed to partake within the audition. There after which, I bought registered with the guild, and so they allowed me to partake within the audition.
On the finish of all of it, I used to be given my first film function as a gossiper, although I used to be auditioned for the lead character. Sadly, I didn’t function in that film due to my research. Nonetheless, after a while, I returned to Onitsha once more and was additionally fortunate to attend one other audition. The film was titled ‘Spanner Goes to Jail’ and I starred alongside Chinedu Ikedieze and Nkem Owoh. I used to be completely satisfied and fulfilled starring alongside these nice actors. After starring within the film, I didn’t look again once more as I featured in not lower than 10 films inside an interval of three years. Thereafter I returned to the classroom to finish my research. I graduated as an Economist from the College of Nigeria, Nsukka. After my youth service, I secured a job with ULO, in Asaba, however I used to be transferred to Abuja. I labored with the corporate for 5 years however I used to be by no means fulfilled working inside the workplace setting.
I’ve at all times needed to satisfy my dream of turning into an actress. So, at some point, I made a decision to resign from my job and go for what makes me completely satisfied, which is appearing. I returned to Nollywood in 2015. It was not simple to start out once more. Nonetheless, I believed in consistency and that’s what retains me the place I’m as we speak. I thank God that I obeyed my spirit to stage a comeback to Nollywood. Appearing for me, is a ardour. It’s one thing I really like a lot, and it provides me achievement.
Having featured in lots of films, it appears your identify doesn’t ring a bell in Nollywood?
I’ve featured in lots of films as you stated, but I’m not as widespread as most of my films. However I imagine there’s time for the whole lot and I’m hoping that that point is now for me to be introduced. A few of my films embody,
‘Billionaire Gnag’, ‘Disco Dancer’, ‘Adanne’ , ‘Royal Crime’, ‘Agbomma’ which earned me the nickname, ‘Akponawu’ amongst others.
Would you say it’s intentional that you simply determined to maintain a low profile within the trade?
It’s not intentional, however the fact about me is that I’m a quiet individual. I’m not noisy, not the loud sort. I like my issues cool and I simply comply with them cool as properly. I don’t must make noise within the trade for folks to know that I exist. I imagine that my work ought to make the noise, not me.
What was the response of your mother and father whenever you instructed them about your determination to enter appearing?
I bear in mind when the film, ‘Spanner Goes to Jail” hit the market, it was my late brother who was then residing in America that noticed the film and alerted my father. He was livid with me, lamenting that I’ve gone into prostitution. It’s the idea of my mother and father that in case you are into appearing, you might be undoubtedly on the market to prostitute. My father insisted that I need to stop appearing if I nonetheless needed to be his daughter. However what might be might be. Sure, my mother and father tried to oppose my determination to enter appearing. However on the finish of the day, they realized that is what makes their daughter completely satisfied and there was little they may do to cease me. At that time, they allowed me to comply with my dream.
Being a wonderful lady, have you ever ever had any nasty expertise with the producers or administrators within the trade?
My being a wonderful lady has nothing to do with the film producers or administrators. Like I at all times inform folks, earlier than I joined the trade, I used to be already an grownup. If any producer is making advances to me, it’s nonetheless left for me to determine whether or not I need the individual or not. If I don’t need you, I don’t need you. If I don’t function in a selected film, it doesn’t imply that I can’t function in one other film. It’s not a problem to me in any respect.
What was it like starring alongside Nkem Owoh and Chinedu Ikedieze in that film, “Spanner Goes to Jail?
It was horrible, I felt intimidated and frightened. However all of them inspired me to be at my greatest, which I did. On the finish of the day, I scaled by.
Did you actually got down to develop into an actress?
Like I stated earlier, appearing has at all times been my dream. As a rising youngster, at any time when I noticed a film,whereas sleeping, I might see myself alongside these actors that I starred in that film. I used to be proficient. I had good voice and I used to be collaborating in virtually all of the dramas staged in my church then in addition to my faculty. So, I’m fulfilled and I’m completely satisfied that I’m right here as we speak. You recognize when you’re doing what you have got ardour for, you do it with ease, you don’t really feel careworn.
Many celebrities keep away from maintaining many pals, is it the identical story with you?
For the truth that I hail from a polygamous household, I prefer to see folks round me. I really like maintaining pals round me, and I additionally love being with somebody. However at some extent in my life, I discovered that it doesn’t favour me. The extra I collect them, the extra they betray me. They get jealous of me when good issues are coming my approach. The sort of coronary heart I settle for them with, will not be the sort of coronary heart they settle for me with. So, I decided myself to have few pals.
What units you other than different actresses round you?
I’m distinctive, stunning and I’m at all times completely satisfied. I interpret my character excellently and I additionally act from my innermost coronary heart as if it’s taking place reside. I ensure that I digest no matter function that’s given to me and put myself in that function
However why is it vital that you need to look glamorous on a regular basis?
Trying good is my enterprise. Trying good places meals no my desk and as an actor, folks wish to see you trying candy, glowing and completely satisfied in any respect time.
As born once more actress, how are you dealing with the temptations that abound on the earth of make imagine?
Being a born once more christian has nothing to do with my appearing profession. It’s a determination I made with God and requested Him for grace to beat any temptation which will come my approach in the midst of pursuing my profession. Like I stated earlier, I’m an grownup. No matter I determine to do as we speak is my determination. If I’ve determined to offer myself to Christ , all I must do is to ask Him for grace to reside a innocent life. And I do know that his grace is ample and He has been my helper and can proceed to be my helper as a result of He is aware of I really like him from my innermost coronary heart.
How did you give your life to Christ?
I gave my life to Christ, whereas I used to be a youth corper. I went for a good friend’s thanksgiving service on the Home on the Rock church. After the sermon, the pastor made an altar name, and I decided to offer my life to Christ that day. I accepted Christ as my Lord and private saviour. And since then, I’ve not regarded again.
You’re very near prophet Odumeje, how has he affected your life spiritually?
Sure, I’m very near Prophet Odumeje. I got here in touch with him in 2019. I noticed a robust prophet, I noticed what I’ve by no means seen in any prophet all my life. The primary day he counselled me, he instructed me one thing about myself that no pastor or prophet has ever talked about to me and I knew inside me that it was the reality. He took my battle as his battle. He turned my non secular father from that second. Odumeje is all the way down to earth. He doesn’t discriminate, he has pure coronary heart . Odumeje is spiritually highly effective. At any time when I have a look at him, I see what’s in Prophet Elisha within the Bible. There was a selected approach I used to be rising then, however he known as me again and gave me peace. There was so many issues that had been actually troubling me, however after I met him he spoke to me like a prophet, he spoke to me like a father, a brother and a non secular mentor and from that second, I discovered peace. I instructed myself that that is the place I belong. I’m proud to be known as a daughter of the Lion. I don’t care about no matter anyone says. He has made a whole lot of optimistic influence on my life.
Do you assume, Odumeje is being misunderstood as a prophet of God following the criticisms trailing his ministry?
Sure, folks at all times misunderstand Odumeje most likely as a result of he doesn’t run his ministry the best way different pastors do. Odumeje is simply distinctive on his personal. At any time when I have a look at that man of God, I see prophet Elisha of the outdated. God is basically utilizing him however folks don’t know. So, many individuals misunderstand Odumeje. If you end up near him, I believe you’ll know higher. And till you might be on the market to make up your thoughts to grasp this man, you’ll hold wagging your mouth with out realizing what you might be saying. Like he stated, you can not cease a transferring prepare.
Do you assume it’s secure to remain off social media utterly due to nasty expertise you have got with trollers or to be energetic on social media and proceed to take all of the assaults that include the pattern?
Staying off social media is in addition to staying off this world. The way in which the world goes as we speak, we can’t do with out social media. Social media can carry you up, it might as properly convey you down. The truths stays that folks should discuss. Generally, if folks don’t speak about you, it means that you’re no person. It’s higher to speak about you and you might be lifted to your larger heights. Social media is the key technique of communication each in enterprise , profession and so forth. All the pieces now revolves round social media. So, we will’t do with out it.
How is your love life?
Do I’ve a love life? Love is good. Who doesn’t wish to be beloved and who doesn’t love?