Nov 14, 2015 – Nigerian Actress Rose Odika Launches Ewa Asa TV Show To Showcase The Beauty Of Africa
“My Father Taught Me Well, That Is Why I’m Scandal Free” – Actress Rose Odika Boasts
Nollywood crossover actress Rose Odika can be described as one of the best in the business. The thespian who has carved a niche for herself in the Yoruba movie industry, in this interview with DUPE AYINLA-OLASUNKANMI, speaks on her career and ongoing projects.
What projects are you currently involved in?
Presently, I’m in the process of putting together a television programme titled Ewa Asa which aims to showcase the beauty of African Culture. The intention is to appreciate the diverse cultures in the African setting, especially promoting the values of the Yoruba culture. It’s a competitive programme where people pick up forms. It is not a beauty Pageant, but an event which is in two phases.
First, you pick a topic and speak undiluted Yoruba for 10minutes without interference or break. The second phase is about picking from aspects of incantations in Nigeria, for instance, Ekun Iyawo, Ifa Kiki. The winner of the first prize goes home with N50,000. The 2nd place winner goes home with N30, 000 while the 3rd prize is N20, 000. That is my little way of giving back to the society.
You are one of the few actors who have been able to remain scandal free. How have you been able to keep your private life outside your career?
First of all, it is to God’s glory. Secondly, my father taught me well; may his soul rest-in-peace. My father will always tell me, ‘remember whose child you are’. I always remember where I’m coming from, so I don’t take the wrong steps. My father has helped himself by building up the family and I won’t destroy the name. Also, I don’t bite more than I can chew and I take things the way they come.
You still look beautiful; do you have a secret formula?
I think I am enjoying His grace; I take care of my social life and my health. If you don’t have any aliment, you will look good. If your social life is not too rough, you will look good. So apart from God giving me good health, I have been able to maintain my social life. I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink alcohol. I am into skin care but I don’t mix harsh creams. I know what will be good for my skin and what will not be good; so that has helped me in taking care of my skin. Also, genetically from my family, we have youthful looks. So that is what it’s all about.
There’s a certain disparity between English Nollywood and Yoruba Nollywood. Where do you stand on that?
The press is not helping out by giving us the term English actors or Yoruba actors. An actor is an actor. The Yoruba film industry started before the English came up; so if some people want to claim superiority, the Yoruba industry should be the one taking the lead. However, there shouldn’t be any clash among us. Why don’t we have one body like we have the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).
As a professional body, we should look for a name, an umbrella body to cover us up where we can be having a yearly conference. So whatever your association is, let’s still have a body that controls all these associations and we will have a better industry. I don’t believe in superiority in Nollywood. What is Nollywood by the way? This industry started over 20 years ago, so these are the things we should correct and put all this egoism and face the industry.