‘Dont Choose The Life Of An Actor…It’s Gritty And Dirty’ – Nse Ikpe

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Tell us a little bit about hosting this year’s AMAA? The only thing I can tell you, is that I’m an actress. I enjoy cooking. And I like reading a lot. I’m not a big fan of television—which is rather strange, since I’m an actress. Then, I just live! What inspired you into acting? I think it actually began, after I studied “Theatre Arts,” at the University of Calabar and I was exposed to the stage. Many years ago, I featured in a film called “The Scars Of Womanhood.” But I never really wanted to be an actress. Consequently, my career didn’t take off immediately. So, officially, I’d say my career began with “Reloaded”—which was produced by Enem Isong, with Lancelot Imasuen as director. How were you selected to host this year’s AMAA? How were you selected to host this year’s AMAA? I must say, AMAA came as a surprise. I was approached and told that I’d been chosen—and asked if I’d like to do it. I thought it would be a challenge. I need to tell you though, that I’m different from some people, who say they “like” challenges. No! I like an easy life! [Laughing].But in life, whether I must say, AMAA came as a surprise. I was approached and told that I’d been chosen—and asked if I’d like to do it. I thought it would be a challenge. I need to tell you though, that I’m different from some people, who say they “like” challenges. No! I like an easy life! [Laughing].But in life, whether it's “easy” or “hard,” you just get on with it… How does one prepare, to be Mistress of Ceremony at a programme like AMAA? You don’t prepare! You just go with it. Even when it’s scripted. You don’t prepare. Life has its own script… Was your role scripted? Yes. To a certain extent, it was. But like I’ve said, life has its own script. Sometimes things happen. But you just need to get on with it. Was your role scripted? Yes. To a certain extent, it was. But like I’ve said, life has its own script. Sometimes things happen. But you just need to get on with it. What were some of the things you thought you could have done better—and developments you delighted in? I think I was so afraid, when I started! It’s always good to have a constant flow of communication. And when it’s not there…When there’s a break in communication, you can be phased. I think I was so afraid when I started! It’s always good to have a constant flow of communication. And when it’s not there…When there’s a break in communication, you can be phased. Did this happen when you were on stage? Yes. It’s bound to happen. I think a case in point, is when I didn’t know who the representative of the Lagos State Government was. I was already moving out onto the stage when the representative arrived.    “Oh, my God!” I thought. “This is the point where I introduce the person. And I don’t know who it is!” I had no name. And I’m like, “This is my first blooper!…” But I had fun. If it were perfect, I could never learn anything. That was a learning experience for me.  

2 Comments

  1. Faturoti Oluwafemi

    August 27, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Uhmmm, she had a simple life. But lif itself is all about challenge.

  2. Dopified Ben

    September 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    hmmm.. issokay!