By Rita Okoye
US–based Nigerian actress, Nafisat Abidemi Adigun also known as Atupa, has vowed to leave no stone unturned in her desire to become a superstar.
In this interview, the Nollywood actress cum filmmaker, who has produced three movies of her own, opened up on life in America, relationship and journey to stardom. Excerpts:
Can you tell us more about your background?
I am from a Muslim family, from Iwo, Osun State. I studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. I have two sisters and we were all raised in Ile Ife.
How did your journey to showbiz begin?
I have always been interested in showbiz, but genuinely I started making moves for it in 2014. I was sending DMs to directors and actors, and was trying to get involved. However, my first movie appearance was in 2018 in a film titled, Aje.
Can you mention some movies you have done after that?
I have produced two movies of my own, and I am currently working on my third movie, Ewaade. Trust me, this movie is a blockbuster!
You are based in the US, how would you compare the entertainment industry over there to what obtains in Nigeria?
Entertainment in the United States is more complicated because we live far from each other, and it’s not that easy to connect because we have other things to do. Bringing artistes together is hard over there.
How are you coping with your career over there?
It’s not easy but we thank God. I spend a lot of time writing stories in my leisure time because I am always busy, and I watch a lot of Nigerian movies to keep myself updated.
Aside acting, what else do you do?
I enjoy writing scripts a lot. I work with an airline company and I enjoy doing shopping.
Who are your role models?
I have a lot of people I look up to in the industry. Toyin Abraham’s energy and zeal for work is amazing. Also, we won’t deny the fact that Viola Davis is amazing and worth learning from.
Can you recall some fun memories of your growing up days? Were you born with a silver spoon?
Wow! I had so much fun memories growing up. My grandparents raised me, initially. I enjoyed my grandpa giving me a mint N20 from which I will buy N15 bread. I can’t say I was born with a silver spoon but I know I was born with a spoon. My family is interesting and highly welcoming. I am from a very good family.
How supportive were your parents when you ventured into entertainment?
My parents were not interested in the beginning, especially my dad. He wanted me to study Law. I was called ‘The Law’ at home. But when he saw my drive and passion for filmmaking, he had no option than to be supportive, and he has been supportive since my first movie.
How about your boyfriend, did he give his full support?
Boyfriend? I am single and focused on my career right now. We all know how men are scared to date actresses. Until I find that one person who will accept me for who I am and is willing to support my dreams… I believe that you should either have a supportive partner or no partner at all. There’s no third option.
How do you see men that get jealous seeing their partners kiss in movies?
Well, like I said, I don’t have a partner. But I don’t know if people are jealous seeing me kissing my fellow actors. However, I will not date a man who will be jealous of my profession.
When did you have your first kiss?
I had my first kiss when I was 20, and in 200 level, on campus. It was just like a Korean movie. It was weird and unexpected.
What movie roles would you reject even if the pay were high?
I will never go naked in front of the camera, no matter how much I am offered. It is a big no for me.
Can you marry a much younger lover?
No, I am not attracted to younger people. Most of my friends who are close to me are much older than me. I love to be around people who are more experienced than me, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
I’m working on my next movie, Ewaade, which is coming to rule the screen. Just expect a very thrilling movie from me. I can’t wait for people to see this blockbuster movie.