By Prisca Sam-Duru
London-based Nigerian actress, Anneka Honor, who is putting finishing touches to her new film, a war thriller, has expressed strong desire to bring her worth of experience to bear on the nation’s movie industry.
The multi-talented actress cum dancer is currently collaborating on 3 feature film projects abroad as well as developing a TV series to be filmed in Lagos with other established producers.
She told HVP her mission in the country is to see how she can contribute to the growth of the film sector in Africa.
“I certainly want to contribute to the African market with projects that are fresh and exciting. Apart from acting, I have directing experience having co-directed a war movie in Zimbabwe. So I certainly have a few more skills to bring to the table.
There are a lot of enviable productions coming out and we must keep supporting the industry. There is a lot of global interest in the African market and Nigeria has found a formula that works for it. I am also excited for my projects to hit the big screens,”she said.
Anneka who has a very strong theatrical background back in London, impressing audiences in Chekov’s adaptation of ‘Ward N06’ and ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ by Pirandello has completed co-directing her latest film being sponsored by Zimbabwean army. She has also featured in other feature films shot in the UK and Nigeria, where she excelled in a variety of roles.
Narrating her journey into the movie industry, the Delta State-born actress who incidentally is a qualified solicitor said she has been acting for many years. “ I trained both as an actress and a dancer whilst undertaking a legal career so that was tough but worthwhile indeed. Dancing was fun and very competitive.
I performed in music videos, world travel shows and festivals. I also taught dance in my spare time and was well remunerated. Acting is my first love so to speak.
After training at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Performing Arts London, an agent offered me representation and I took to the stage and did many theatre productions. For example, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Fringe Theatre, TV commercials for big brands and films,” she narrated.
Speaking further, the actress said she is living her dream. “It is a passion, a deep expression of art and there is no greater satisfaction than to wake up everyday to do what you love doing. I am simply living my dream.”
According to Anneka, fame is rarely celebrated in the United Kingdom. “No one appears to be idolised in the old fashioned understanding and I guess that’s what’s very interesting about the UK. The actors here celebrate the art of being a performer.”
Interestingly,the actress revealed that back in London, fame is certainly not glamourized the way it is in Asia, Americas or Africa. I guess celebrities from around the globe must find that refreshing about the UK.”
As a lawyer, Anneka has worked for major global banks in senior positions and headed her own legal and compliance department.
The war movie, according to her, is a story about the Zimbabwean liberation in the 60s and very close to the hearts of Zimbabweans. Seven soldiers fought and gave up their lives for the Zimbabwean people who were being oppressed. The project was sponsored by the Zimbabwean army and I was drafted in to play an American girl who left the country and returns after her father’s death during the oppression. I also co-directed the project at the request of the producers and it is set for cinematic release at the end of the year.”
However, for the actress, living outside the shores of the country does not define who she is. “I am very open minded to all cultures. I do not aim at changing anything in the country as I do not have the perception that the Nigerian industry is deficient. I am happy to contribute and add to the value that already exists.”