Sadiya Loko, a popular name in Kannywood became a successful actress within a short period of time. But just as her fans were hoping to see the best in her, this delight of the teeming Kannywood viewers decided to say goodbye to acting. In a chat with MAIRO MUHAMMAD MUDI, Sadiya expressed her desire not to ever return to Kannywood.
Does the Loko in your name relate in any way to the late veteran actor Sam Loko?
It is not in any way related. Whenever the name is mentioned they would immediately relate it to late Sam Loko. Loko in my own case is the name of my village in Nasarawa State.
The pronunciation is not even the same but a lot of people pronounce it the same way as the late actor’s name. I got tired of correcting them and accepted it that way.
How did you get into Kannywood?
Well, I had interest in the film industry (acting) and luckily for me I met Halima Umar, who is popularly known as Halima Prime.She introduced me to acting and taught me what it was all about.
However, when I started acting as a career I had something at the back of my mind, which was to get married as soon as I meet Mr. Right.
So have you met Mr. Right?
Yes. We would be getting married in a few days time.
Congratulations Sadiya. Can we meet the lucky man?
Thank you but not yet.
Is he also in the film Industry?
No, he is just a man I am in love with and whom I would like to spend my entire life with. He is from Yobe State and a very private person, that is all I will tell you.
After the marriage, what would happen to your acting career?
As far as acting is concerned, I have come to the end of the road and it is my prayers never to return to acting again.
I understand that in Kannywood if an actress is married, she is banned from acting but it is alleged that they afterwards get a divorce in order to return to acting. How true is this speculation?
I want you to understand that marriage and divorce come as God permits. I do not think any actress would go out of her way to get a divorce just to return to acting.
Look at the society in general; there is high rate of divorce everywhere, which makes it wrong and unfair for people to always point accusing finger at us instead of praying for us. As for me, I want my fans to pray for me, it is good bye to acting forever.
Give us a rundown of some of the movies you have acted in.
Kursiyya, Tunbin giwa, Hauwa kulu, Musabbin so, Murada, Tozali, Nusaiba, Rai a kwalba, Ahalul kitab, Mutum tara yake, Dashan dabino, Zuciya daya, Kasani na sani, Hannun agogo, Matasa, Akurkin so, Elmustapha 2, Har...a zuciya, Abokin kuka, Dan kishiya, Dalma, among others.
Which is the most challenging among the movies you have acted?
Muradi was the most challenging film I have ever acted. I really suffered and anybody that has watched the film could easily testify to it. I suffered in that movie and the suffering was real. I acted as a cripple, who fell in love with a man who had to fake his own death to avoid been pestered by me.
Who is your role model in the industry?
Everyone that I have acted with is my role model because I usually learn a lot of things on set.
Now that you are saying your final farewell to acting, what message do you have for your colleagues and fans?
To my female colleagues, may God give them the right man that would love and cherish them and eventually marry them. I pray that Allah provide for my single male colleagues, the right partner that would appreciate them.
And to my fans, I am going to miss them a lot but I ask them to pray for me to stay married forever and not return to the film industry anymore.
Tell us about yourself and how you started acting?
I was born and bred in Port Hacourt. I had my nursery and primary school education at Mary Slessor Nursery and Primary School, My Secondary education was between 1998 to 2004.
I had my tertiary education at Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa . I developed interest for the movie industry right from childhood. With the support of my parents, I have found it very easy.