Eucharia Anunobi is one of the most visible and talented actresses in Nollywood. In her hey days, the role interpreter was much talked about in the media which made her seem controversial. Having just come out from her bereavement after she lost her only child, the actress turned evangelist took out time to speak with SAMUEL ABULUDE and NKECHI NWOKOBIA on her recent works as an actress and how she combines her divine assignment with her past time- acting.
How do you manage being an evangelist and actor?
Well, I thank God almighty for the strength and power. I also look at it that God is able to manage all the countries in the world and he has the leadership and the managerial skills to coordinate all the whole affairs so the same thing is bestowed upon me. The same ability to be able to coordinate affairs of being his preacher, his vessel and also an actor but don’t forget again, I am also a pastor. You find out that you don’t preach every day from morning till night, and then from Sunday to Monday.
Being a preacher that people call to preach in different places in the country has a timetable and schedule because when they want me to come preach in their churches, either in this country or outside, you know there is a time table. So, I work with time table, same thing with acting. So, when a producer or director wants to call you for a job, they ask about your time table. With my timetable and timing, I’m able to coordinate myself. If I have a preaching engagement in a church, I know how to organise myself that it does not clash with my acting schedule as well. That’s if you learn how to prioritise, learn to manage and then keep them in their right proportion.
What challenges did you face as an actor?
It’s a career that I really love. It’s more of the challenges outside or people’s perception of my roles. When you play a role and you are outdoor, people tend to think that you are the role that you play. That’s what I will say is challenging but for my job, I love it and no matter the upheaval or you know several things that may not be right in the process of acting, they aren’t troubles to me. Rather, they are what I call propellers that help me to do my job well. The only thing, you know like I said, is when you have finished acting the role, people, when they see you outside, tend to equate the characters you have played to your personal life which is not true and not right but for me, I am fine with that because most times when people see you outside and they say, oh she acted that role very well, it means I carried out my duty very well, so I am excited.
Tell us about the production you are involved with?
Beautiful! I am actually going to be on set in the next couple of weeks. I just finished on the movie set with Omoni Oboli’s production, couple of weeks ago. I did another one from another production. So, you can see I have never stopped acting. On my future projects, I don’t want to talk about it. It’s under wraps. You are pregnant of it. You don’t talk about them until they come to manifestation. Anybody who goes about saying, I want to do this, I want to do that, witches and wizard will come and hijack the ideas. So, we don’t talk about future projects, we see them better when they are manifested.
How Much Was Your First Pay?
Oh, that’s a long time ago. My first movie actually was ‘Nneka, the Pretty Serpent.’ The producers can go check their record. I was paid N30, 000. I played two scenes and that was a lot of money then. I gained fame playing two scenes of ‘Nneka, the Pretty Serpent’ by Gabosky production. It’s on their record. I am not like other actors that will come and misquote figures or upgrade figures when they know it’s a lie. So, my very first pay as an actor was for my first movie, ‘Nneka the pretty serpent Part 2.’ I played the role of Ezenwanyi, which means the queen and I got N30, 000 for that.
What Inspires You?
Well, first and foremost, I will say God is my ultimate inspiration. Why, because His word, in the book of Proverbs 18 Verse16 says the gift of a man makes a way for him and brings him before kings and great men. Also, the book of Matthew 24, where he talks about the servants who are given the talents to multiply them, that story inspired me to use my talent for his kingdom. These timeless words, filled with life’s wisdom, are my bed rock and have inspired me on how to live the life.
God’s word generally inspires me. Look at the story of King David when he was in trouble and had to act by disguising and making himself look like he was mad or he was an imbecile to be able to get across. And I looked at these things and I said, oh these are gifts from the almighty God and you can develop and perfect with that. So, often when I am working on set, I get my inspiration from God that I need to do the best because God is a creative person.
When I am doing my work as an actor, his ultimate Spirit comes upon me that I am to make it really creative, attractive you know and for me, I want to enlarge my coast because it’s been said in the holy book, in the Bible, that those of us that are blessed with gifts, because every human being is blessed with a gift, so if you don’t use it properly, you will give account of it. So, for me like you asked, God is my great inspiration and then I do not want to be held accountable that I did not use the gift that he gave me while on earth.
How do you feel about people misunderstanding you?
(She pauses) Hmmm, one thing I come to realise in this life, whether you like it or not, is that there are people who are called negative minded people. So, no matter what you do, they will have their own preconceived mindset about what you do or your personality. So for me, I don’t mind them because whether you like it or not, God exists and Satan has his own people too who propagate evil. So, I don’t bother about them. They are behind me. I don’t bother about misconceptions. They are not things I waste my energy on.
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