Burgeoning actress and movie producer, Nazareth Jesse, is resolute on making bold statement in the Nigerian creative industry. In this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA, she shared what led to the crash of her last relationship, life as an actress and plans for rest of 2019.
How has the year been for you so far?
This second quarter of 2019 has been better than every other year. I have been able to achieve so many things I planned despite the elections that took place, it’s been favour all round.
Have you done any movie recently?
Yes, I have been featured in three movies. I’m currently on another one.
How fulfilled are you as an actress?
I will not say am fulfilled because I have not attained the height I want but since it’s a thing of passion I am loving it. Well, the movie business isn’t yielding income as much as we deserve in Nigeria, but we can’t give up yet.
Aside acting, what else do you do?
Aside moving making I am into event planning, facial modelling and mentorship in terms of relationships and more. I was also into buying and selling of wears but it’s suspended for now; I do script writing, filmmaking and co-producing.
It’s public knowledge that your dad was pressurizing you to get married; how were you able to conquer that?
I had to make him understand I can’t force myself on a man or settle with just anyone that comes asking for my hand in marriage. Now he has seen so many rushing in and out of marriage he is now praying for me to settle with a better person who will be compatible with me.
What do you look for in a man?
My dear, there is nothing like having a man that gives you peace, love and support. It takes the fear of God in a man to have those things listed towards his wife or his woman. I like my man to have vision, kind hearted. A literate with prospects. A God-fearing man that is ready to have me as his life partner and not just a baby factory.
How about looks and money, do they matter?
Those ones are very important. He must be well to do financially and handsome too. A man that wants to marry me should be ready to take care of my responsibility when I become his wife.
Then for his looks, it all depends on me, because they say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I don’t like beautiful men; I like my man to have that ‘manly’ look if there is a word like that.
I’m not saying my man must be a billionaire but if a billionaire comes my way, to God be the Glory. That’s also an answered prayer.
Lest I forget, my man must be romantic and sexy too. Because I have seen and heard so many Nigerian women complain about their husbands not being romantic. Mine must be romantic please because I hate and can’t stand adultery.
Are you saying you’re not in any serious relationship right now?
No I’m not. The one I had is not serious. It has ended. So, I’m very single and ready to mingle. I can’t keep fooling myself over a distance relationship that has not favoured me.
Do you mean the major cause of broken marriages is adultery?
The main reason marriages crash is adultery. Both the rich and the poor experience same thing.
A lot of women are dying in silence. They won’t talk or go for orientation rather they go into adultery to keep their minds busy.
Does this apply in Nollywood too?
I can’t speak for our actresses; though from what I see and hear I think most of them don’t know what marriage is all about.
Marriage is a different field on its own that needs more attention and commitment. You can’t be married to man who is not in your field and not have an agreement with him based on your career.
Even with that agreement you as the woman should know you are starting a different life entirely, that you have to be committed and submissive to your man to make the marriage work.
But most of them raise shoulders at their husbands or go against him because of the supposed passion for being on the screen.
I also advise people not marry a lazy man because he is cute or because he is good in bed. That kind of man will end up pushing you into prostitution or adultery.
So is it easier for women to commit adultery?
When you marry a lazy man, a gold digger, a prayer-less man, a man without vision or a man that can’t perform his marital duties, a man that beats his wife, all these are enough to make a woman commit adultery.
Some women on their part are possessed that they can’t stay without a man; some are just avaricious and want to have everything the other woman has without knowing how they got it even though they are doing well too.
How did your journey to the movie industry start?
I had an opportunity to embrace my passion through a senior colleague while I was still in school. I don’t want to mention names because I have done that several times.
Did you encounter sexual harassment in your early stage?
That one is normal and it happens in every sector too. But as long as you know what you want all you need to do is focus on the reason why you are in the industry which I did. These days, the girls sexually harass the producers instead.
They want to be known and seen on TV by all means. We also have street hustlers coming into industry to boost their business too.
Have your produced your own movie?
Yes, but as a co-producer.
What was the experience like?
It’s not easy dealing with people who don’t know the pain of daily expenses; it’s just patience and humility that helped.
Especially when you are doing it secretly because I don’t want to be seen like a competitor with my bosses.
If you have a chance what would you change about Nigerian movie industry?
I will change the rate at which our movies are being produced because when you spend more time in crafting you achieve a better result and better result equals good money.
Sadly, we see lots of avoidable errors in our movies and people just ignore.
Looking back at your life and choices, any regrets?
No regrets at all. Because in every mistake made there is a lesson learnt. Some are steps to success; a life without mistakes is a dead one.
When you ventured into Nollywood, how did your parents react?
They had different plan and vision for me, so they kicked against it. I had to go for shoot secretly, but after a while, they stopped complaining and said ‘You are an adult you have the right to choose your career.’
How do you cope with male fans? Any embarrassing encounter?
For sure, they are everywhere. I just learnt to be straight forward with them. Yes, they can be very embarrassing sometimes, especially some manner-less ones but I just learn to be calm. Two wrongs can’t make a right.
What are your plans for the rest part of 2019?
So many good things to come this year by the grace of God, just wait as they unfold one after the other.
Could you describe yourself, your background and educational achievements?
My name is Nazareth Jesse. I’m from Kuje Area Council, F.C.T. Abuja, Nigeria.
I grew up in Bida, Niger State, Nigeria. I’m the first born in a family of 8. I studied Business Administration HND & ND. I also have BSc Economics. I love to travel, read and write. I’m single and loving. I’m also very easy going.
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