–Ufedo Sunshine, actress
By Christian Agadibe
Sexy and talented actress, Ufedo Sunshine could be described as your girl next door. Blessed with an awesome acting talent, she broke into Nollywood a couple of years ago with movies like The Grave Dust, Nollywood Scandal, School Pool Party, and Undercover Lover among others. In this chat with TS Weekend, the Kogi State-born thespian cum fashion designer opens up on her career. Excerpts:
Tell us about your background
I am Ufedo Sunshine real name Ufedo B. Itodo Osuala. I am a Christian. I was born in Jos but I went to Ghana for my university education. I studied Human Resources Management. Today, I am an actress and fashion designer. I am the CEO of Bemztouch Clothing.
How did you venture into acting?
I started acting back in the university in Ghana.
How was growing up like?
I grew up like every other normal kid. My parents were neither rich nor poor.
What were your challenges as an up-and-coming actress?
It was hopping from one audition to the other. I remember it wasn’t easy. I had to convince directors and producers that beyond looks, I had what it takes to make it in the industry.
Could you tell us about your latest movie and what you like about the character?
It is Scandal. I liked the experience because it was fresh and my character challenged and stretched my skills, but I thank God it came out well.
Which actors would you say have influenced you?
They are Gabrielle Union, Tyler Perry, Joke Silva and Whoopi Goldberg. Talk about flawless acting and you talk about these thespians.
What is the craziest thing a male fan or admirer has done to you?
(Laughter) That was spanking my butt at a movie premiere. I was so embarrassed. It wasn’t funny but I guess the fan will probably never do it again.
What part of your anatomy do you consider sexiest?
I absolutely love the way I flaunt the whole package; I mean the whole me is sexy.
A lot of men could hardly take their eyes off you, how do you handle your male fans?
I politely let them know I appreciate their support but I’m not available.
Is marriage still far or near?
I wouldn’t say it’s near or far but when it comes, you will surely get an invite.
If you are saying you are not in a relationship, how do you control sexual urge when it hits you?
Controlling sexual urge is a thing that has to do with discipline and the mind because the whole idea leading to the act of sex starts from the mind. So, discipline is telling your mind what is necessary and important at every point in time.
What does sex mean to you?
To me sex is sacred and shouldn’t just be thrown at any Tom, Dick and Harry. It is part of one’s emotional investment in a relationship so it should be given to one that deserves it.
Could you describe your ideal man?
My ideal man is what I call a perfect gentleman and a gardener. Gardener in the sense that he is the man whom I would want to nurture and prune me to grow and also invest his time, energy and resources to see me blossom in whatever I do.
Who is your celebrity crush and what do you like about him?
Wow! I would say Sheman Moore; he’s so cute, masculine and smooth.
What should your fans expect from you soon?
My fans should expect movies and more movies from me because I have been so busy lately.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a TV series that would be showing very soon and in between, I have been busy designing the new collections for my fashion line, Bemztouch.
You got an award recently, tell us about it?
I won Nollywood’s Emerging Actress Of The Year 2015 courtesy The Pan African Leadership Merit Award, Ghana. The event took place on October 2015 at the British Council, Accra, Ghana. I am very delighted.