By Rita Okoye and Christian Agadibe
After Emerging winner of the 3rd edition of the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality show, Eberechukwu Nwizu announced her presence in the Nigerian film industry with her talent for role playing.
In this interview, the sexy on-screen diva reveals her secrets to achieving stardom, how she stays scandal-free, the reasons she turned down multiple marriage proposals, and what the game turned her down. Enjoy it.
How did you experience the lockdown linked to COVID-19?
It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. The months of confinement were for me an intense moment of introspection and self-discovery. That’s why I am who I am right now. So I thank God.
What did you find new about yourself during the lockdown?
Oh yes. I cooked better, much better! I thought I knew how to cook but after confinement, I discovered that I cook much better. In addition, I now cook well too. Also, I found out that I care about people a lot. Now I’m investing more time in the people and things that matter.
Women directors are gradually taking over Nollywood these days, what do you think of that?
I don’t think it’s about taking over. It is a question of expression. Nigerian female directors express their god-given talents and skills at the highest level and create their own niche. Before, no one gave them the opportunity. But now you can’t deny that they know what they’re doing. For me, it’s about doing what you do well and the rest will fall into place naturally.
Tell us about your major accomplishments this year?
My directorial debut, Ask Gina. It’s a pretty incredible achievement for me.
What are the main challenges you face as a celebrity?
Organize my time. So many applications, so many books to read and so many projects to work on, hence the need to be a master in time management.
Can you share an embarrassing moment you experienced with a fan?
Someone thought I was Omoni Oboli. It wasn’t awkward but it was kinda funny.
Looking back, what would you change if the hands of the clock were turning?
I would have made extra efforts to speak my language, Igbo. I speak Igbo but not like Phyno, if you know what I mean. I am a proud Igbo. But the importance of learning your language was not emphasized at home, with all due respect to my wonderful parents. Perhaps my words today will help other parents locally and globally to realize the importance of language culture in the home. Just like my birth name Eberechukwu which means God’s mercy and favor, I look like a super hero. No longer in short form, I stay with Eberechukwu.
As a single parent, what lessons have you learned from motherhood?
Motherhood is a crown, only the strongest will survive.
What’s your relationship with your baby’s daddy?
It’s my private life. Wedding? I welcome the wedding. The challenge is, I just have to take the time to get married.
What are your relationship goals?
Put God first. Everything else naturally follows suit; and then, money, beauty, time management, strength of character and sex.
What kind of man wouldn’t you go out with?
He’s probably a man who doesn’t easily forgive or care about others except himself, his immediate surroundings, his staff, and his parents.
Let’s talk about liposuction. Would you go under the knife to sublimate your body?
Liposuction is a gift of science to mankind. But I didn’t think of going under the knife.
What film project are you currently working on?
It’s a movie about women trying to save their marriage. It features myself, LD Wolfie from Ghana and Uche Elendu. The film is about friends who are fundamentally interested in helping each other save their marriages.
What’s the biggest sacrifice you’ve made for your career?
I can no longer walk freely on the street, like going to the Mallam next door to buy something. Also, there are people who I feel alike with, but I feel like I will end up being a Trophy Bride and then be unable to fulfill my divine purpose on earth. So I had to refuse several proposals because of the drag. But I know that when I see a genuine person, they will be able to adapt to my divine purpose.
Is there a particular quality that has helped you elevate your career?
My case was very different. It has been a trial and error situation. If something doesn’t work for me, I move on to the next strategy. I like to sleep peacefully at night, so I do things that wouldn’t hurt anyone and that can take me to the next level. Whatever skills I have to acquire, I learn them because my career is 1% talent and 99% socialization. I learned to improve my social aspect, because it is the raison d’être of the company. So I had to go from introvert to extrovert.
Which of your films do you think impressed you the most?
I’ll start with Singles Note for my first break; I also did Tiwa’s Baggage then The Ghost and The Tout, and a few others. They came out in theaters and people never stopped talking about them. In fact, that’s when I started to be taken seriously.
What attracted you about the man you’re dating now?
He is a lover of the people. He cares a lot about people regardless of their age. He has a genuine affection for people in general.
Can it be described as love at first sight?
I think it was “like at first sight”. We all know the devil can be tall and good looking too, so sometimes you have to spend time with the person first so you don’t end up marrying a Lucifer.
How did you manage to avoid scandals?
If you google me, I have some scandals. But it’s always about “oh, Ebere celebrates a lot”. It is not usually a life threatening scandal.
What is the misconception that people think of you?
People think that I am not proud of my country. I think this is a big misconception because Eberechukwu is a very proud Nigerian girl.
Has a married man ever offered to be a second wife?
Yes, many times I have been asked to be a second wife, but I found it really funny to be one.
Have you had your share of sexual harassment?
I have never been sexually harassed in the industry. Thank God.
How do you deal with men who want to have an affair with you just because they see you onscreen?
It doesn’t really make me feel special. Everyone loves something that glitters and is beautiful like gold. If I weren’t on TV, the pressure might not be as great as it is today. But because I’m on TV and I’m good at what I do, people will always want a little. So for me, I don’t think it’s flattering but natural.
What is it that usually inspires the character you play so perfectly in the movies?
I can’t even take credit for it; it is a divine gift. Also, I literally practice everyday. Before embarking on a project, I do a lot of research. So it’s a continuous learning process for me.