Ebube Nwagbo had an interesting interview with Rita of Golden Pearl media about the rivalry in the movie industry – Nollywood, her private life and other issues. Read a brief excerpt below:
I have done 60percent of them; in my business, career and personal life also. I am not going into detail but I know I have at least done something tangle this year.
What would you say fame has deprived you of?
First and foremost, fame has really deprived me of my privacy, then secondly, in as much we can’t do without the press but they sometimes makes matters worse with their fake news. And people have so much trust and believe in the media, whatsoever they say about a person, they swallow it both hook line and sinker.
Then another thing I am fighting now is someone impersonating me so God knows how long. He or she does that on Black Berry, Facebook, everywhere. He goes about collecting money on my behalf. It has being going on for a while now, a d I am tired of talking about it. I just have to do what I have to do to put a stop to this madness. I am happy people out there appreciate what we do, but some other persons are also out there to tarnish the image that took you years to build. And you can’t start going from door to door to start explaining to everybody the true side of the story. So ironically, it is true the same media that published the news that you still have to use to reach out to people with your own angle to the whole story. It’s kind of funny, but what can we do.
Fame has a good side and a bad one. So with every other job; they have their own hazards. The price one has to pay to be who he or she wants to be. I like my job, in as much as it has its own down side, nothing is perfect.
How do you cope with the rumors and controversies trailing you?
I am not going to lie, it’s just crazy, especially when it’s not true but if am not famous, and who would want to talk about me. But we are all humans, most times these stories really weighs me down. It pains me more when journalist would carelessly go make stories public without hearing or confirming from the main source. They just write whatsoever they feel like, because they have the power. Anyways, it comes with the job of acting so one can’t run away from it.
Did you truly do a boobs job?
That was crazy news I read on the papers, I don’t know how they came about it. But I think there was this picture of me that my boobs were revealing and nice, I believe it invented the whole story. People just can’t believe you could naturally look so good, for real. Even my friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry believe it is true. Some gossip about it, some gist, some tweet, while those who have the courage ask me about it. And I keep on telling them it’s natural and God’s gift to me. I have never done any form of body enhancement.
And you don’t intend doing one in the nearest future?
Well for now, no. But like I used to say never say never. If the need arises in future I might but I don’t see any reason to do it now. Even if I did, I should be so proud to carry it around because it’s my money. I don’t condemn those who do it, if they could afford it why not.
What could the cause of so much rivalry amongst Nigerian nollywood stars, both male and female alike?In a business where women dominate, what do you expect? Besides such beefs and challenges makes one want to work harder on yourself to be a top of them all. Keeps you focused and going. As for me, I don’t want to be like anybody am comfortable with who I am. The industry is a very large place, so I don’t see the reason we should be fighting ourselves. But is happens in any place you find humans, we are competitive in nature. It is just everywhere, not just nollywood.
Are you saying you haven’t being caught in such web of rivalry?I don’t just have time for anybody. Beefing is all about jealous and inferiority complex. I am comfortable with who I am, I don’t imitate or want to be like anybody. Somebody out there wants to be in your shoes, so they do everything possible to bring you down. My advice to them is that being doesn’t pay, its better you work hard on yourself to be better.
So you are saying someone out there in nollywood is really beefing you?
It happens, it’s everywhere. Somebody out there, don’t even like the fact that you are alive and breathing. Couple with my business, I know a lot of people hates me for being who I am. But come to think of it, if everybody like you, then there’s something you are doing right. I don’t expect everybody to like me. Some are intimidates with who I am, I don’t care. As long as they don’t stand on my way. Everybody mustn’t like Ebube; it’s as simple as that.
Aside what the press and people are saying about you, tell us who the real Ebube is inside out?
Ebube is just like a girl next door, in as much as I try to keep to myself, but the industry where I find myself is a complex one. I have friends and colleague I mix up with. I am easy going too but it takes some time to understand my kind of person. People out there thinks they know me too well, but they dint even know half of me. You have to be very close to me to know the real Ebube, because most times I camouflage just to create an impression. The real me is not what you see in TV or read on the papers , but I am also human; I have my moods, my bad sides, my flaws, etc. basically I am very simple person, a young girl that likes working hard and looking good, I love myself so much, same with my family. I love the good thing of life, so I work hard to get them. I wasn’t outspoken before but now I am. Ebube likes being happy and doesn’t like stress at all. I only stress myself when money is involved. (Smiles).
How about your own personal family, what are your plans towards that?
It is always going to be at the right time, and don’t ask me the when is the right time (laughs). Am single but am not searching. Why would I. Well, I am seeing somebody, but starting my own family I can’t say for now. But I will do that at the right time. I don’t like doing something and later jump out of it. I take my time to do whatsoever I want to do making sure it is the right decision. No rush!
Seems you are scared of marriage because of the countless cases of divorce in the industry?
(Loud laughter) my dear one has to be scared oh. Well, it is scary although no one goes into marriage believing she would soon jump out of it. I strongly believe that before a couple considers divorce, they must have put in their best to make it work, all to no avail. Trust me. Marriage in the limelight is not easy, even those outside it are not surviving easily. For me, before I take the decision, it just has to be right. I have learnt a lot from other people’s mistake and that has helped me a lot.
Being in a relation alone is not easy not to mention marriage, I just want to do it right to avoid regret. So I am trending carefully.
When that anticipated right time comes, would you want it to be a grand party, talk of the town, outside the shores of Nigeria, etc?
Well, I can’t say for now, it all depends. But my kind of person, I don’t like big parties. I just can’t say for now, anything could happen at that time. We both have to agree on what we want before going for it; either big or small.