A lot of people know you as Frances on MTV Shuga! But who really is Chinaza Ruby Akubueze? State of Origin? Age? Schools attended? What’s your story in a nutshell?
Chinaza Ruby Akubueze is an embodiment of a new meaning of life. A strong and resilient woman. She is twenty years old. Hails from Abia state. Born into a humble Christian home of six. She is currently studying for a Bachelors degree in Creative art at the prestigious University of Lagos. A very feminine person. A model, singer, compere and writer sometimes. A Lovable and peaceful person. A very passionate artiste. Stands against injustice and gender discrimination. She is more than the eyes can see.
How did your acting career begin?
When I was much younger, I was always fascinated by the idea of being on the television. I saw lots of children on TV and I liked it a lot. As I got older, I watched Titanic and after that I decided I wanted to be a great actor like Leonardo Di Caprio. I started from school drama clubs and in the church as well till I joined a theatre house where my acting skills were sharpened and I continued as a stage actor till after attending a talent boot camp where I learnt even more and I decided it was time to take it a notch higher and I started attending auditions for screen productions, got the opportunity to feature in web series and a short film named LOOK BEYOND: A Faith Moyosore Production and eventually starred in MTV Shuga 6 and I have also worked on other productions after that.
What was it like being on MTV Shuga?
It is actually one of the most fulfilling things ever. Being part of a program that inspires, informs, educates, entertains and also changes lives. Helping people out of ignorance and the myths associated with sex, lifestyle, health and most especially HIV. It is an honor to be on such a platform.
If you were to choose between Acting and Music what would it be?
Actually, I don’t know if I would be able to choose between the two as I’m very passionate about both of them. Music is life! And acting is something I couldn’t live without. So, I doubt I would be able to make such a choice.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on releasing my first single which I’ve been working on for some time now.
Let us in on 5 things people don’t know about you.
I get shy. I once wanted to be a lawyer. I do not like watermelon. I’m quite nocturnal. My hidden talent is untangling things.
On your journey to fame! What project would you say brought you to limelight?
MTV Shuga as it is an international Television series.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Strong, resilient and lovable.
Which actor do you admire and why?
I admire Taraji P. Henson a lot. She is one of my role models when it come to acting. Her strength. The way she brings a character to life. Her ability to make a character so believable that you almost forget it’s just a character she is portraying and very importantly, her resilient spirit. When people told her she couldn’t, she kept on moving with determination and today even those who told her down before are celebrating her.
What role would you love to play that you haven’t?
I would love to play a Sci-fi hero in an action movie someday.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not acting or singing?
Enjoy a bowl of ice cream while watching a good movie.
What are the 5 things you can’t live without?
I can’t live without my glasses, my family; they mean everything to me, technology, I drink a lot of water so I can’t live without water and a life without Christ is nothing but crisis so I can’t imagine living without Him. That would be really terrible.