Adebimpe Akintunde gained attention amongst movie buffs with her movie ‘Wasilat Coded’. The light skinned Nollywood actress and movie producer is becoming an household name with her talent , sex appeal, and versatility. In this interview, she opens up to Kehinde Ajose on how she got the name, Wasilat coded and why she can’t star in a porn movie.
My acting career started in 2002 /2003, while I was in school. I met a dude at Olabisi Onabanjo University during my pre-degree programme who introduced me to his elder sister. She happens to be a matron to a caucus in the movie industry.
I came down to Lagos to meet with the members of the caucus. Later, another friend of mine introduced me to Murphy Afolabi. I registered with his group in 2005 and he mentored me. I was able to produce my own movie during that time.
What are the challenges of being an actress and a movie producer?
The challenges of being an actress is different from being a movie producer. As a movie producer, you are much more concerned about the profit and sales of your movie because you have invested money, your paramount challenge is for the marketers and the audience to love your movie. Being an actress is also challenging too because you always have to be on top of your game. I have never been in a hurry to get to the top, slow and steady wins the race.
Why do people call you Wasilat Coded?
Wasilat coded happens to be my fourth movie production. It was directed by Murphy Afolabi. Even though the movie was released early this year, the name has stuck to me, even my colleagues refer to me as Wasilat coded.
How far can you go in a romantic movie?
Movie making is make-believe. I can only act a role as far as my director wants me to when it comes to acting a romantic role. If I am given a romantic role to act and let’s say I am dating someone in the movie and I refuse to kiss him, people will start criticizing us that it’s not believable. I love to put in my best in any character I am playing because you don’t know how far the movie will go.
Have you ever been embarrassed as a result of your beauty?
I have never been embarrassed because of my beauty, instead I have been appreciated. There was a day a friend brought me to oshodi area of Lagos to see my uncle. Unfortunately, he left me along the way. I couldn’t find my way, so I decided to wait in one of the eateries around the area. While I was there, someone walked up to me and complimented my beauty. He asked me if I have a car and I said No. He offered to give me a ride to my uncle’s place. I have been appreciated in so many situations. I have never been embarrassed.
Can you bleach your skin?
You will agree with me that toning is quite different from bleaching. Toning is simply about working and maintaining your skin. If you are a fair person you just try to tone up to make it flawless and beautiful. I go by toning but I detest bleaching. I don’t like bleaching at all. When you bleach you have part of your body looking whitish and the other side being very dark. Bleaching is out of it for me, toning is still fair. Toning is good, with the kind of weather we have here in Nigeria it’s not a bad idea to tone up.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I love John Dumelo. He is my kind of guy. I also love Adekola Tijani, known as Kamilu Kompo. He is my kind of man too. They are my crushes, but I cannot date them. I love handsome guys, but what I do is just to admire them and let go. I have never dated any actor and don’t think I want to do that.
Whose advice has been useful to your career as an actress?
My immediate elder brother and sister have been supportive and advised me from time to time. If not for them, I would have given up. There was a time in my career when I will go to location and return with no money. They always encourageme to hang on there and not to give up. They are the ones who God has used to be pillars of support to my career.
What is the craziest thing you have ever heard about yourself?
The challenge people have with me is that they can’t separate between the real me and the character I played, Wasilat coded. They tend to believe that I live my life according to the role I play in a movie. People think I am as weird as the character I played such as Wasilat Coded. It’s a different ball game. I am just an easy going and very emotional lady. I am not what you see in the movies, its make-believe.
On what occasion do you lie?
I am a very frank person. I hardly lie because I am an independent lady. The only time I lie is when I want to be a bit naughty, asides that, I don’t tell lies.
Can you act in a porn movie?
I cannot act in a porn movie because it’s not African. I cannot act in such a movie no matter how good the screen play is, no matter how much they are willing to pay.Our society is yet to embrace that.
What are your favourite qualities in a man?
I am not a very tall person, so I look out for tall guys, huge and handsome and dark. I can’t go for light skinned guys. I prefer tall dark and handsome dudes that are cool. I admire tall guys, not very tall though, huge handsome and dark guys. I am not attracted to light skinned guys. I look out for someone who is reserved and godly. These days, when you say I want a godly man people may ask you: “you wan marry pastor?” Even if he is not too godly, you have to teach him the ways of God. Those are the traits I look out for in a man.
What is that one thing you cannot do without?
What I can’t do without is my sleep. Anytime I am not working, all I do is sleep.
Have you ever been heartbroken?
Yes I have been heartbroken many times. I have had many failed relationships, so many broken promises. Right now, I don’t think it can happen again because my heart is so rigid now. You know guys can be funny and relationships can end unplanned. For now, no way. I won’t even give you my heart, so how will it be broken?
What part of your body do you consider the sexiest?
That will be my face and my boobs. I love them.
Have you ever been a victim of sex for roles?
I am an easy going lady. I won’t beg you for a role, so you don’t start telling me you want something in return. I won’t do that. I haven’t been a victim of sex for movie roles. If I don’t beg you for a role, you won’t approach me with that.
What’s your view about sex?
Sex to me can be compared to an exercise. If you practice some styles it’s like being in a gym.
The more engaged you are sexually, the more calories you will burn.