•Says, sex lights up affection between couples
By Iyabo Aina
Ijeoma Diana Neife, is one of Nigeria’s fast-rising actresses who is gradually winning the hearts of movie lovers on account of her talent and alluring physique as a woman.
The Chemical Engineering graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology Enugu(ESUT) in a chat with Star Tracker discloses secrets of her success and things that make her tick as an actress and a woman. She has featured in more than 20 movies, namely;. ‘Crazy Temper, ‘Holy Assassin’, ‘Zonal Leader’, Obi Nwanne’ among others.
Who would you say inspired you to go into acting?
I have just one person that inspired me to go into acting and that person is Tonto Dikeh. Though when I got into Nollywood many things happened that shaped my outlook and direction but Tonto Dikeh is the person that triggered the interest in the first place.
Which movie role would you say brought you to limelight?
Saint Ossia. It’s an Igbo movie produced by P. Collins
What role did you play and how much were you paid for the role?
The role of Ojiugo. I was paid 35 thousand naria (laughs). And that was in 2015
Who is Ojiugo in the movie?
Ojiugo is a young lady in her late 20’s who is sexy with all curves and hips and all the men in the village wanted to have a taste of her. But she fell in love with a poor farmer and out of sheer jealousy they conspired to kill the farmer. In seeking revenge for lover Ojuigo used what she has to get what she wants.
Has acting been financially rewarding to you?
No. Desperadoes in the industry have complicated things. The desperation is so much that, many actors, male and female are even willing to pay for movie roles. Imagine the sort of situation we have when actors go out of their ways to pay to be featured in films.
If it is not so rewarding, why are you still in it?
I love my job and I love what I do. We can only make it better if you believe in what you do, and it will surely pay off some day
Have you ever been asked for sex for movie role?
Yes I have, so many times. It can be so irritating. Some producers make out they are actually interested in you and that they really want to help after knowing you are new in the industry but it’s all a lie, all they want is to have a taste of you.
Does it still happen to you now as a known face?
Yes, it still does from time to time. But I don’t allow anyone to make such approaches at me.
Would you say you are sexy, and which part of your body do you consider sexiest?
Sexy is inbuilt. It’s just how you feel about yourself. Sexy is confidence in yourself, it’s not about the hips or the big bum, it’s about loving yourself just the way you are
Which part of your body do you get complements for from people ?
My hips. People usually say they love my hips. They tell me I’m adorable and all that and I love it.
Has your hips favoured you in the course of your career ?
Yes, it has. It got me Saint Ossia’s movie role.
What’s your view about celebrity marriages not lasting ?
I guess it’s becoming a trend in the industry. But I think most ladies focus more on their job than there families which lead to their failed marriages. My advice is, marry someone who loves and understands your job as an actor and not because you feel he’s well to do and befitting to your status as an actor. If there is really an understanding between the two, then most problems will be avoided
Is there any man in your life at the moment ?
Yes, there is
What qualities do you look out for in a man, and does your man have them ?
I look out for fear-of-God, crazy in the inside, good sense of humour and he must have a dress sense and yes, my man has them.
What do you mean by crazy inside?
Best known to me
How would you describe sex ?
I see sex as something deep, a bond. You don’t just have sex. It’s a sweet thing that lights up the affection between two people
Why acting as a career ?
I have always wanted a platform where I can be able to be an inspiration to young ones. I love acting since I was a child, and I want to follow my dreams. Acting comes with fame, so it’s a ladder
to lead me to accomplish everything I want in life
Tell us about your background?
I am the second child from a family of seven children. I am from a humble background, a Christian family. My father is a professor and my mother is a teacher and a politician.