Being a beautiful woman endowed with a body any man would kill for seems like an impossible trade mark in any average girl.Yet Amaka Obi has it and more but she doesn't see it as everything. She didn't give in to sexual advances when her physical assets would have opened several doors in her early years. Her story is likened to one who went through thick and thin to get to where she is today. In this last interview with AMADI OGBONNA and FLORENCE AMAGIYA, she speaks about her childhood, sexual harassment experiences in the industry as well as her foray into the mainstrem acting .
You have an awesome back, is it real?
Yes it is real oh!
Women in their bidto meet with the trends wear artificial bum these days and others go through the surgical knife to acquire it? Did you acquire yours through surgery or are you wearing something?
I didn't go through any surgery, neither am I wearing any artificial bum or whatsoever. I grew up seeing myself like this.
How did people react to you?
If I can remember, I have always been chubby even during my primary/secondary school days. Well, l got so many reactions from people while growing up especially men! Some wanted to date me, others wanted me to be their pet daughters, others claimed they wanted to buy me ice cream and that l should be close to them. But one thing kept me safe and that was because l was very close to my mum and always confided in her on everything l was going through before taking any decision. My mum had told me when l was a younger girl that l would be pregnant if l was touched by any man. Perhaps that fear also kept me from trying on what these men wanted from me. I didn't want to be pregnant.
How does having all these make you feel?
Well l feel blessed and honoured to be given these by the Almighty God, I owe to Him all the thanks. And as for the men, I am stingy about my looks. I do not share at all!
How was childhood like?
My childhood was rough and thinking about it sometimes makes me cry, although, it eventually turned out well. We were three girls in my home and l was the last child at that time until my mum got pregnant again for the fourth child. There was so much pressure from my father's family on my mum because she had only female children and unfortunately for us, my father chose that time to die. My dad's family seized everything from my mum and left her with nothing. My mum eventually gave birth to a boy but it wasn't believed that my father was responsible for that pregnancy. So we moved out of Lagos to Port Harcourt. My siblings and I stopped schooling for more than a year. On several occasions, we were thrown out of school because we could not pay school fees. We opted to hawk all kinds of wares in order to make money. Every now and then, we changed school because we could not meet up the payment of our fees. This development went on until we relocated to Owerri. My mum all this time was doing menial jobs to take care of us. She became a washer woman and it became a family business. But the bottom line is that God somehow converted all the stress turned into glory. I lost my elder sister but we are better today. Mum managed to build our own place at Owerri with all the savings we made from the menial jobs, so we moved out from where we were squatting into our own home. Today, we are all stabilized, we are all grown, doing one thing or the other.
Are you saying you managed to complete your education?
Yes. God made a way and l read Marketing at Enugu State University (ESUT) though I was also doing business amidst classes.
How did you come into Nollywood?
My father wanted me to be a TV personality, but l wasn't offered Mass Communication at school. However, after school, l got a job working at a car trackers company. I went through Amstel Box Office (AMB) three times, but didn't go far in it. So, l met a guy who told me how to go about auditions. I went for it and l got the job.
What was the pay like on your first job?
My pay was okay, but l do not want to talk about it.
Have you ever been harassed on the job?
I haven't been harassed at all. In fact, I have played a love -making scene before but l was wearing a bra. Acting is make- believe but it has to be real. I acted a love- making scene no doubt, but l wasn't harassed. I think it is because l have not placed myself in a position to be harassed. I do not expose myself on the streets. I wear clothes that cover my body whenever l am out of my home! I do not go where l am not supposed to go . I am in one place at a time. The way you carry yourself matters when it comes to harassment. It is the way you dress you would be addressed.
What is the best part of your body?
I think the best part of my body is my face. It is my face because if my face is not appreciated by someone ,then it would be about lust because all he would be thinking would be about pulling my clothes to see my bum and all that.
What are your future plans?
I want to settle down as in really settle down with a man who would love me and tolerate me forever, have my children. I do not want to experience a divorce in my life. As for business, l want to be able travel myself to get my weaves to Nigeria. I also wish to have a big movie production company to help would- be acts.