By Christian Agadibe
She cut her teeth in Kannywood. But then with movies like Rovieno, Chaser, Irresistible, and Giddi Blues, Hauwa Allahbura has stamped her feet in Nollywood. The former Miss FCT, TV presenter and now actress has worked with ace producers like Frank Raja Arase and Femi Odugbemi among others. In this chat with Entertainer, the indigene of Plateau State talks about her career, giving the only reason she can act nude, and why she is not desperate to tie the knot.
Did you have any formal training in acting?
I attended New York Film Academy where I studied Acting for Film. After that I got a scholarship from the African International Film Festival and The Ford Foundation to study Documentary Film Making at Montana State University in the United States of America. When I came back, the producers of Tinsel gave me a call and that was how I started acting in Tinsel as Maro.
You started off with Kannywood but moved to Nollywood, was it intentional?
Kannywood is something I really like. In fact, I did a series called New Man Street where I played the young wife of Sanni Danger, popular Kannywood star. It was an interesting experience and I know that I’m definitely going back to my people.
I want to be there, I want to blow their minds and I want to be like ‘the Northerner star’ (laughter).
What were your challenges as a green horn?
The challenge was that people love big names. They would rather use the big, old names than a new face.
That’s why I love the audition process. MNET is doing a fabulous job. Most of the jobs I’ve gotten were through auditions. When you are auditioned, they are able to see your ability and take you for the job.
The biggest challenge is getting the opportunity to show what you have because once you can,
stakeholders will know you and the jobs will keep rolling in.
Did your family support your career path?
At first, my family was not in support of me taking part in Miss FCT pageant because of bikini. My father is a Muslim, my mum was a Muslim and my step mum is a Christian. So, everybody was asking if I was going
to go naked on stage. I had to explain to them that Miss FCT is different because of the policy of no bikini but career wears, and I was playing the role of a lawyer. It was after that that they eventually agreed. But immediately I started presenting on TV, they loved it; they were so happy because they already had it in mind that it was what I was going to do. Today, my dad is my biggest fan.
Would you accept a script that requires baring it all for the cameras?
It depends on the kind of nude role you are talking about. I would never go nude for an unserious role. However, if I’m a slave or was raped and terribly beaten in the script, I could do it. The bottom line is that it has to be a compelling story that will make people look beyond the nudity. I will not go naked to appeal to people sexually or for people to fancy my curves. But I’ll go naked because the story is deep and I’m in love with the script, and I believe going nude will be the only way to tell the story. I can’t expose my body
for flimsy reasons.
What’s your selling point in Nollywood?
I think my selling point is the fact that I’m a northerner breaking into the southern industry. People see me and say that I don’t look or talk like a northerner. The fact is that we lack dark-skinned girls in Nollywood, so they say ‘oh my god! I love your complexion.
You’re so smart and you are from the North’. Everybody is wowed that I am Hausa.
Are you seeing anybody right now?
Oh no! I’m not in a relationship. I was in relationship, a fantastic relationship but things happened and I had to focus on my career. Men of nowadays are not ready to have independent girlfriends.
I think men still believe that women should sit at home. I feel they don’t want you to become who you were born to be, because they want to control you. Once they notice they are losing control, know that the relationship is almost over and that’s when you move on.
What are the qualities you desire in a man?
I want a man that I can share with. One that can discuss about anything and always listens to me because I can talk. So, I want a man that can listen and we can talk about everything.
I need a communicator because that is what keeps the relationship going. If you have my time and you can listen to me, then you have won my heart.
Tell us about your current movie?
I’m excited because my biggest film, Giddi Blues, is out in April. I played the role of a mainland girl who runs a book club and is in love with kids in Makoko. She meets an Island boy who does not have a vision or
where he’s going to in life, but just keeps spending mummy’s money. But because he falls in love with her and wants to impress her, she helps him locate his vision in life.
Recently, you were in Dubai with your lover. What made your man to dump you after both of you returned?
I think it was ‘she is growing too fast stuff’. Perhaps, he wanted someone that will be a baby forever. Everyone grows up and I knew exactly what I wanted.
Were you a virgin before you came into the industry?
What virgin? I don’t know what you are talking about (laughter). I’m a virgin till next year.
Is marriage far or near for you?
Well, it depends on the man. I want to marry but I won’t go to church to pray and fast for 10 days because of husband. I believe I should find a man that loves me for who I am and then we kick it off. Marriage is not something that I’m dying for or crazy about.
However, I want to have a husband and I want us to meet at the right time.