June 30, 2015 – Adaora Ukoh: I’m Engaged To A Gentleman I’m Not Married
Nollywood big and beauty and Lekki Wives soap opera star Adaora Ukoh recently cleared the air on her marital status and her weight gain battle in a quick chat with Christian Agabide.
See interview excerpts:
What is the craziest thing a fan has done to you?
(Laughs) I had an elderly woman hit me so hard in the back I almost choked. It was all because I was mean to her TV idol, Ini Edo, in a movie.
How do you manage male fans?
Well, a woman has to do what a woman has got to do. There is always that ability to draw the line. I know it comes with the job but even beyond the job, men will always chase women and vice versa (laughs).
Now that you are married, are men still chasing you?
(Laughs) No, I am not married now, or rather, I am not officially married. I am going to be officially married when I walk down the aisle.
So, why have you been telling us before now that you are married?
I am engaged right now. I have never been officially married.
What attracted you to your man?
He is a gentle man. He understands the kind of job I do and gives me the kind of push I need to be the best I can.
Do you sometimes wish you could be slim?
Yes I do. Sometimes I fantasize that I am getting slimmer but with the way I am built I know I could never become slim. But the biggest problem I have with my weight is that sometimes, I get angry and get into the entire weight loss thing. I stop eating and do a lot of exercise but the truth is when you stop, you tend to grow even bigger (laughs).
Apart from what we see on the screen, who is Adaora Uko?
I am a very jovial person; I am full of life. I love to dance, I love to eat and I love my job.
What is your advice for up-and-coming actors and actresses?
It is all about passion. The truth about the industry is that it is not easy ground; acting is not a tea party. I have been doing this thing for 10 years and more but I am not where I want to be yet. To succeed you need patience and passion. So, whatever you do as a growing artiste, you must be passionate and keep pushing. The truth is somebody is watching so something good will eventually happen.
What is your biggest challenge right now in the industry?
The industry is a bit too crowded now I must confess. Acting has become an all comers affair and every Dick, Tom and Harry wants a shot. And it is not easy to sieve out those who have talent and those who don’t. Sometimes, that I am plus size becomes an issue for producers so all these come up as challenges.
During Valentine, your clinging outfit showed a lot of cleavage, emphasising your voluptuous figure and that got tongues wagging. What inspired that outfit?
It was a photo shoot I did and it was supposed to have a theme and all that. When it was released I knew tongues where going to wag. It wasn’t that bad after all or is it because I am a plus size (Laughs)?
What is your advice to ladies who are plus size and are not confident?
Just be confident. That is the advice because even when I started the plus size clothesline, trying to sell to plus size women was challenging. I got a lot of negative comments that I was promoting obesity. All I try to preach is for everyone to be comfortable in their own skin. I know fat is entirely not healthy but as long as you can cut down on intake, you should also dress to look good and feel confident about yourself.
What advice did mum give you about sex?
You know, those days our parents didn’t teach us anything concerning sex education except to say ‘stay away from men because if they touch you, you could get pregnant.’ I don’t think I really got much but I had this scary feeling about my dad catching me with a man and all that.