By SAM ANOKAM
By SAM ANOKAM
Former beauty queen, Patience Erdoo Yisa has no doubt, made her mark in the modelling world but the pretty lady from Benue State is not done yet in the entertainment industry.
She is gradually and steadily making an in-road in Nollywood and has started showing the stuff she is made of by featuring in a movie. She is however set to invade ‘Tinsel’ town with her acting prowess and make a name for herself.
Yisa in this interview talks about her foray into the modeling world, her private life and what the future holds for her
I got into modeling in the university. Many people kept telling me I had all it takes, so I summoned courage and auditioned for Benue Fashion Week put together by our first lady and I was picked. That’s how it all started.
After then, I contested for Miss Benue and emerged 2nd runner-up. I never really thought of being a model, but when I started, I fell in love with it.
I had a good upbringing and our home was a happy one before my parents broke up. After then, things got a little complicated and we found ourselves living a confused life. My father wanted us to stay with him so was also my mum. But at the end, my father’s younger brother took us in.
He actually fostered us. But I grew from strength to strength. It wasn’t really easy. We later moved to my mum’s and she took over from there.
My career started with Benue Fashion Week which was a runway show. Then I participated in Miss Benue 2010 and I came second. After Miss Benue, I auditioned for Miss Glo Rock and Rule 2011 and I was among the finalists.
We went on stage for the final show and I won. Then in 2012, I won Queen of Culture and Tourism 2012. While I was reigning, I did a lot of pet projects and humanitarian services, ranging from visiting orphanage homes, hospitals, girl child education, to giving motivational talks in schools. During my reign, I won the award of the ‘most achieved queen’ in Benue State and the ‘best queen’ in Benue State University.
It feels great, but it didn’t really change much about me. I mean my personality. I love to be me always. I had to learn a lot of things and mannerism, from how to eat, how to talk, when to go out and when not to. A lot of things changed, but it was okay because it made me a better person.
But my big plan is to become a top actress because I believe it will be a platform for me to reach out to the world easily. I love to do business a lot too. In fact I think I was born to inspire people in everything I do. So I accept to work on my gift and inspiring through my writings and movies.
Currently, I am working on an inspirational book, that will be of big help to people who have problems with making up their minds about what to do in life.
Though I have not done much in the field of acting but I have acted as a secretary in a movie titled, ‘Final Say’. It was shot in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
I am still single. If I have to search for a man to marry, it will be a man that is humble and God-fearing. He should always be himself. I don’t like pretenders.
Tyra Banks is my role model. My mum inspires me a lot too. She is very hardworking and dedicated to whatever she finds herself doing. She gives me reasons to work hard. Her story makes me believe hard work pays.
Apart from modelling, I also do interior decorations and I am also a stylist.