Fast-rising Nollywood Actress, Chy Nwakanma has made a move to correct a popular misconception about her industry colleagues and 'Sugar Daddies'.
Chiagoziem Nwakanma, otherwise known as Chy Nwakanma, is a graduate of University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) with a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Communication. The actress who recently returned to Nigeria to serve her father land, made her Nollywood debut in the movie 'Disguise'.
Chiagoziem recently granted DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI an Interview, and she gave insight on some topics regarding her life, career among other issues.
Excerpts from the interview below ;
[b]HOW best can you describe your brand as an entertainer?[/b]
Honestly, I just want to represent "possibility". I'm just a regular girl figuring life out a day at a time. You see a petite frame and would never expect what can come out of it. I'm quite unpredictable and I prefer simplicity in everything I do.
[b]What are the milestones you have covered since you started your acting career?[/b]
I played my first lead in a series "This is it" which launched my career in Nollywood.
I got my first nomination in 2017 for the Eloy Awards under the category "Best TV Actress" and the series also won "Best TV series" category in AMVCA 2018.
[b]What are the challenges so far?[/b]
Challenges so far? I don't know if I would refer to it as a challenge but I would say I would love to work more.
I'm a workaholic. Lol. I love being busy. I'm easily bored so I have to be constantly doing something.
How I've triumphed? I've started creating my own content. Instead of just sitting and waiting for the phone to ring, I create my own work.
[b]If you have the opportunity to influence a thing or change it in the movie industry, what would it be?[/b]
Budgeting. I feel actors always get the short end of the stick when it comes to budget.
[b]How will you react to the general saying that works by female producers are sponsored by 'sugar daddies'?[/b]
People will always say something. I just completed a project I funded by myself.
Someone, somewhere will claim I have a sugar daddy but I can proudly say that I got the money from my mother who was even more excited about the project than I was.
Even if a few people have sugar daddies as sponsors, not everyone is guilty of that. So, please, they should start mentioning names specifically and stop generalizing.
[b]Do you think actors in general are well appreciated?[/b]
I don't really have an answer to this question because personally it hasn't crossed my mind whether I'm appreciated enough or not.
I'm just happy I get to do what I love and I'm really grateful for those who have so far appreciated my work! You guys fuel me and I'm encouraged by messages and emails. I see them all. Thank you so much!
[b]Tell us the biggest thing that has ever happened to you in the course of exploit...[/b]
A lot of "big" things have happened to me so far in my journey. I've gotten the opportunity to work with some of the people I watched growing up and admired.
But the biggest thing so far would be getting to stand on the AMVCA stage to collect an award. I used to watch the awards on the television; but this time I was there live! It was surreal.
[b]Is there any project you are currently working on?[/b]
I just wrapped up the first stage of my first feature film titled 'Beautiful Monster'. I am moving on to the next phase, with time I will unveil each one as they come.
[b]Why did you come back to Nigeria and how did your acting career start?[/b]
I came back to do my NYSC but the industry has been fair to me so I'm still here.
I actually moved back to Nigeria in 2015 and that same year landed a lead role that launched my acting career in Nollywood.
I made my television debut in Lowladee's TV series "This is it" (2016), where I played the role of "Dede", a young, naive and clueless wife.
In 2018, I made my cinema debut as "Kate" in the movie "Disguise"
If you have the opportunity to work with a top Nigerian actor who would that be?
I would love to work with Nse Ikpe-Etim and Gabriel Afolayan.
[b]What is your biggest fear in the industry?[/b]
I don't have any fears. I'm a firm believer in "what will be, will be". So I take it as it comes. I can't think of any fears because I always make a conscious effort to be optimistic
[b]How has it been for you navigating through the media?[/b]
My PR team, Estol Props Media definitely made that journey smoother and less stressful. They handle everything press and media. The CEO, Esther Adekeye, most especially, is the best to work with
[b]What inspired you to start producing your own movies?[/b]
As a creative person, there are stories I would love to tell and characters I would love to explore
[b]What are the challenges that come with producing movies in Nigeria?[/b]
You're thinking of how to maximize your budget without compromising on quality of the movie.
[b]What role would you say has been the most difficult role to play?[/b]
Every role comes with its own challenges. They're all difficult to play (lol) because you have to build your character.
[b]What do you do aside from acting?[/b]
I'm an entrepreneur. I'm always looking for where to invest. I'm open to profitable collaborations of any kind. I'm also a TV and event host.