Energy. Free. Creator. Genius. Spiritual.
Born in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, studied Information Technology, Communications and Performing Arts & Musical Theatre respectively! Started acting professionally in Toronto before doing the same in Nigeria since 2017. Christian. Now focused on creating my new show and web series popularly known as “THE MOST TOASTED GIRL” on Youtube and on IGTV.
Acting, ironically started through dance! I could sing as a kid but really fell in love with dance. Thankfully I was supported to do both extracurricularly and ultimately, I learned that acting was just like dancing; movement and emoting but with words! I was ‘discovered’ by an acting agency in Toronto called “The Characters” and with them, I got a small role on a Canadian TV series titled “Lost Girl”. Moving to Nigeria meant I had to work in technology as I networked the entertainment industry to better understand the terrain. After I booked my first major gig as the lead female actor on the popular stage show, Wakaa The Musical (London Edition) produced by Bonlanle Austen Peters, I’d say it was gig after gig until I booked a role on M-NET’S FORBIDDEN, my first major role on Television in Nigeria.
The best thing about working on these shows are the talented actors I get to work with on set, some of whom are now very dear friends. With friends like Theresa Adem, Kunle Remi, Demi Banwo, Charles Etubiebi on FORBIDDEN and Baaj Ajebule, Segilola Ogidan on THE MEN’S CLUB, long hours on set are less tedious than they need to be. On the other hand, I think there’s a lot more opportunity for growth in terms of how we execute these major productions in Nigeria and that’s a big part of why I’m here.
The Most Toasted Girl is my recent baby! I wrote and produced the show. It was borne out of a need to create relatable content that people would love and connect with. I did it to grow my brand, share my story as a young woman in Lagos as well as reach people who want to create and acquire quality Nigerian cinematic content. I have to give huge shout outs to Bovi Ugboma, Bolaji Kekere-Ekun and Ayuba Audu for inspiring and creating with me even beyond Toasted Girl! Watch this space!
A third of my hair is grey!
I think storytelling is very powerful and has real life rewards and consequences. The characters in these stories can be agents of meaningful change and global impact. I just want to live vicariously through these characters especially as they tell the best stories about Nigeria and the continent by extension.
Professionally, since 2013. Otherwise since 2008.
In Nigeria, please put me in a film with Patience Ozokwor for crying out loud! I also love Nse Ikpe-Etim and would be honoured to do a film with Genevieve Nnaji. Abroad, please give me a movie with Thandie Newton, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, the main man Denzel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt!
Something in Technology!
Accents and Voice acting
Physically demanding roles. Also fantasy. I like challenging my imagination!
My mother, she’s version 1.0 of the kind of person I’m aiming to be at version 10.
Planning my funeral so that it’s either a concert or a musical.
My fanny pack
Fruits, vegetables and lots of water!
That people couldn’t hear the voices in my head. Speak up Nengi!
Chocolate and pork ribs
Best Purchase: Dollar Investments
Worst Purchase: Crappy shoes from Ali Express
I once thought I could soak garri with brown sugar. What word is stronger than ‘disgusting’?
Idris Elba is a 9. Plus me he’s a 10. Except he’s married now. Tears.
Secretly married sounds more fun. I guess we’ll never know!
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