A ‘pet’ name is defined by most dictionaries as a name only a loved one would use to call a loved one while nickname is one that anyone would use, even people who are unfamiliar with that person. However, in the practical world the two go hand in glove and are often so difficult to separate.
But where are most interesting pet names to be found if not in the make-believe world of entertainment. For your reading pleasure, here are some of the pet names Nigeiran entertainment divas call themselves and why.
My husband named me Omosexy — Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
When CNN dubbed superstar actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde ‘Queen of Nollywood’ the Cable News Network people knew exactly what they were talking about.
With more than 300 movies to her name; being mentioned by Time magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyonce and others, and currently holding the honour of having appeared in the most grossing film in West Africa ‘Last Flight to Abuja, beating American blockbuster movies like Spiderman, Ice Age and others, Omotola stands head above her peers and rightly deserves her place as the ‘Queen of Nollywood’.
Omotola told Potpourri that her popular nickname was actually a pet name given to her by her husband of almost twenty years. “That’s my husband’s pet name for me,” she says, “and the fans love it and now people call me Omosexy almost more than Omotola’.
Explaining what ‘Omosexy’ means the mother of four and social activist said the name is self-explanatory. “You can judge easily from the name. I must be sexy, at least, to my husband to have warranted the name” she says. Omotola, no doubt remains one of the most curvaceous women ever to grace the African cinema screen.
They call me Gentle Lover– Angel Christopher
Voluptuous Angel Christopher, an actress, model and scriptwriter, from Imo State has been in Nollywood for a while, rubbing shoulders with the very best in the trade. Some of her most notable films include;The Victim, Gallant Babes, Thanks For Coming, Money Riot, Clash of Madness, Regent King, Business Center, Nemesis You Sow, Holy Criminal, Church Mafians, The Punisher, Battle of Queens, to name but a few.
Angel said she is known as a Gentle Lover because she hurts easily in relationships and love to be petted. “I love surprises too. I’ m called Gentle Lover by my frieds because I love gently and don’t like to be hurt” she says. She also boldly has on her Blackberry the personal message “when you are happy you enjoy the music but when you are sad, you understand the lyrics”, which could very well mean Angels places high premium on romantic relations.
I’m called Her Sexcellency or Hips Don’t Lie— Biodun Okeowo
Curvaceous actress, Biodun Okeowo, who hit the limelight in the flick, Tolani Oshirin, is one of the glamorous actresses rocking the Yoruba movie sector at the moment with her uncommon talent and irresistible sex appeal. She has featured in over 50 movies and has produced a handful of her own.
“I’m called Her Sexcellency or Hips Don’t Lie. I don’t know how the name came about, most of my friends call me that and it has stuck. It’s probably because of my shape” she told Potpourri.