The Herald (Harare)

15 December 2012

Zimbabwe: My Cleavage Is a Priced Asset

interview

Chiege Alisigwe came into limelight after starring alongside Ramsey Nuoah in the blockbuster movie "My Love" in 1998. She has since become one of the most-sought-after actresses in Nollywood. In this interview, the delectable actress talks about her NGO, which she recently set up to cater for the welfare of the less-privileged people in our society as well as her plans to establish a studio among other issues.

Q: You recently set up an NGO. What is it all about?

A: What I had in mind when I set up the NGO was to use the platform to reach out to the less privileged. You know, somebody might be looking good but inwardly, he or she has a lot of problems bothering him. So, we really want to see how we can assist them in our own little way.

Q: Have you reconciled with your husband?

A: I don't know. I hate talking about my private life. But what I know is that I have a child now.

Q: Which part of your body do you like most?

A: There are certain things God blessed me with that make me feel like a real woman. They are my boobs and my face. I am not saying that anybody who is flat chested is bad, the person still looks good. But if I dress, I will first admire myself before the mirror, I always thank God for making me a complete woman. Like something you know many are paying to have, I have it naturally. I am very grateful, I cannot ask for more.

Q: Like how much can you insure these places you like most?

A: Money cannot be enough when it comes to those areas. I don't pray for anything to happen to these places. I am ok the way I am.

Q: Are you comfortable with the kind of movies that are coming out of Nollywood?

A: I am not comfortable at all. Though there are some good movies, Nollywood needs to step up its game in the area of production. The majority still need amendments here and there. I want the industry to produce quality movies. I want them to come out with something more challenging.

Q: How has married life been with you?

A: Well, married life is good though there are ups and down. You cannot just say it is all bed of roses but it is good. It is good because when the going is sweet, you love it the more but when the going is bad, you will still be there provided it is not life and death.

Q: Does your married affect your career (Acting)?

A: No, it does not.

Q: You stopped acting for a while now, what happened?

A: No, actually, I didn't stop. But somehow, you do not need to act one million movies in a day. You have to advise yourself, I am the married woman that wants to combine my family with my career, and then you have to compromise. You think about your family first. No matter what you do, your family comes first.

Q: How did you start acting?

A: Well, that was in 1998. When I left secondary school, I took JAMB; and I entered into the movie industry. To me then, it was a sort of whiling away time while I was still waiting for my JAMB results. Not like now you see people desperately want to act. It was not like that for me.

Q: Do you think you still have a chance in the industry considering the number of actresses who are eager to act?

A: Well, I don't look at people's faces. I believe that whatever you are, it is on your own. If you are good, it is for your own good. I always tell people to be confident in themselves. If you have self-confidence and a dragon is by your side, you can even say hi to the dragon and go your way the dragon would even turn back to follow your footsteps. Just be contended with yourself, how you act,, do you thing in your own way.

Don't mind how people do theirs. You will find out that a lot of people are out there who are following your footsteps without your knowledge. So I am not scared.

Q: Tell us about your background?

A: I am Chiege Alisigwe from Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State. I am the last in the family of eleven. I read fine and applied arts. I did my OND at Federal Polytechnic, Oko, before proceeding to IMT Enugu for Higher National Diploma. I did my youth service and now on the verge of doing my masters. -- NaijaMayor.

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