Fast rising Yoruba actress Bimbo Thomas believes she has all the requirements to reach a lofty height in her chosen career. And in this interview with Wola Adepoju, she talked about several issues including her private life.
What is happening to Bimbo Thomas?
I have been myself and I have been working. I’m going to have a break in some days’ time because I’m going to the Unites States, I’m going to work because I have film to shoot at Los Angelis. I should be away for about six weeks.
Is the trip not going to involve pleasure at all?
I wouldn’t say it is basically to work because I will also be chilling. It has been about three months since I got back from the States and it has been work. So I will be finding time for holiday in between. It is going to be a mix of pleasure and work.
Some actresses shoot movies just to exhibit their cleavages and curves without any message. What should we expect from your own movie?
It is different strokes for different folks. I am a theatre practitioner to the core. I read theatre art, I know about it, all the nooks and cranny of it. I have been gathering experience for some years now. So, I’m not going to do just anything, and that is why I took my time and if I’m doing something now, it has to be something reasonable and meaningful. The movie is going to be a tragedy and its going to be society related…I think you should keep your fingers crossed.
Many feel you have not been able to detach your self from the character you played in Omo Ghetto, that you have not interpret other roles well enough. What can you say?
I don’t know why people keep saying this. I have said it that for an artiste to interpret a particular role very well, it does not mean he cannot handle others in the same manner, after all, I’m an artiste, I’m suppose to be versatile . Omo Ghetto was a success, we thank God but I just did what I was asked to do. It was like an everyday thing…I did not know it was going to be what it was. In your own opinion like you said….but I have done several other roles, I have acted a wife, doctor, girly roles that are not in line with violence and such. Although, I hope to be better because we are learning everyday but to the best of my knowledge I feel I have done better roles, roles that knocked Omo Ghetto, it is just that people happen to love it, and I think it is still hard for people to detach Bimbo from her role in Omo Ghetto but I hope that with time and better roles, they will get out of being stuck with Bimbo in Omo Ghetto. But it is fine…I love it.
A few of you girls that made wave through Omo ghetto still walk in the shadow of the producer, Funke Akindele. What can you say?
(laughs) I have said it and I will say it again. Funke has always been my friend, even before Omo ghetto. People have right to their opinion because if you are not close to us you can’t really say what is going on between us, you just can’t judge a book by its cover. I do whatever I like to do, I take whatever decision I like to take…I’m an adult and nobody is a boss to anybody. Fine, I met her in the industry but we happen to like each other, and we became friends. We can only advice and suggest to each other like Bimbo, why don’t you do it this way, and I can equally say Funke, why don’t you try it like this but she cannot impose, not in any way. I don’t know why people talk like that, we are friends and we are cool. I do whatever I like to do, she does not stop me and she can’t even stop me….like I said I don’t know why they say that.
Let me take you down the memory lane. What actually attracted you to acting?
I had always loved entertainment even before I went to school but I never knew the part of entertainment I was going to find myself is acting. Actually, I put in for Mass Communication but unfortunately, my cut off mark was not enough so I had to do a change of course which had to be within Yoruba, History and Creative Art. Creative sounded like something I could do and when I went through what it entails it was theater, music and visuals and I was like okay I love graphics, I know how to draw. Music? Not my line, I don’t like it. Theater? Okay let’s see how it goes. In my first year it was a big task because we had to dance round the school, go to the theater and all that but I started developing interest before I rounded off my year one because I saw a lot of actors who are were undergraduates like Femi Brainard, Tayo Sindodo was in my class…that encouraged me and Tayo Odueke, Sindodo really helped me because most of the time we had class project that we were going to have like a four man cast, she used to cast me, and because I knew I was doing it for marks I used to put in my best…. I remember one of such class projects we did was for Hamed Yerima and while I was performing on stage, I saw in the audience my lecturer, Dr Hamed Yerima giving me applaud and I was surprised he did because he’s a critic. Later, Tayo was like Bimbo you can do it and she started taking me around but because I did not want to be a freelance and did not want to be going around so I met with Abbey Lanre of Odunfa Caucus. So I had to join Odunfa Caucus and trained there, that was how I started my career.
Are you intentionally restricting yourself to the Yoruba movies?
Not at all. I have done several soap opera, T.V series. I must also say here that I intend to shoot more across this year. I have certain projects I will be working on when I return from the States.
Do you believe the English movie actors are discriminating against the Yoruba ones?
I think it is about individual thinking. In my own case, if I want to act in English movie, I will walk up to a director or if there is an audition, I go for it. I don’t think there is any segregation or discrimination…I think it is low self esteem so to speak, with some of our Yoruba actors. Some of us feel they feel too big, and so they create barricade, I don’t see it like that. I talk to whoever I want whenever I feel.
What was the reaction of your parents when you decided to take acting as a profession because of reservations some have about actresses?
I will say I have the best mum ever and I’m kind of mummy’s girl because I’m closer to her than my dad. When I told my mum I wanted to act, what she said was that you that you are shy, do you think you can make a career out of it and I said watch me now, and she supported me. I remember when I was training that I would be called for, waka pass, role, I would taker her wrapper and buba…she would even ask when the movies I acted in would come out. So she gave her support and she is thanking God now.
What would you say is that thing that is getting you attracted to your fans?
My fans will be in the best position to answer this but from observation I think they are cool with how I deliver or interpret my roles because of the kind of comment they give.bimbo 1
How fulfilled would you say you are so far?
I have not even gotten to anywhere close to where I aimed for. I’m not close to it all. I’m only working towards that height.
As a beautiful lady, how do you handle male attention?
(laughs) I know how to handle that now…it is not a problem. For instance, my blackberry is not meant for any fan, outside of my people, there is no way because some will be bent on having it. I also watch my interaction. You would see someone call you and tell you he got your number somewhere…I mean male, I don’t shun them because you can never tell…they will say I’m just returning from, Yanke, (America) and how can we meet, and I tell them we can discuss whatever on any of the social network. So I handle them with care, and I make sure I don’t misbehave.
You are ripe for marriage. What is keeping you?
You will ask God that question o…It will happen. I won’t say I should have been married or whatever….I will get married, I will marry very soon.
It is like your parents are not bothering you?
No, like every other parent, my mum would say Bimbo, Ojo n lo o (meaning time is going) but I let her know it will happen. They don’t bother me because they know I’m focused and busy, if was a lay about or something then they might be worried but they know I’m focused.
Could it be that you are confused as regards who to choose among those at your disposal?
No……the thing is I’m single but I’m not available.
Some ladies fancy their boobs more, some others fancy their hips and the rest. What do you appreciate most among your physical attributes?
(laughs) I think my face….I have got a pretty face, I love my face…. I have got pretty face.
It’s a common practice for actresses to marry to someone overseas and eventually they disengage. What is your take on such?
That is an individual thing; it is about what you like. For me, I do my thing, whether you are abroad or Nigeria, I go along with whoever I conclude to go out with. When I conclude you are okay for me then I don’t have a problem with where you reside. My boyfriend is based abroad, yes, but he just relocated and we are together. I would say it is an individual thing like I said earlier because we have all got freedom to do whatever we like.
Marriages break every now and then in the industry. In your opinion, what do you think is the cause?
Marriages break everywhere but in the case of the industry, even overseas, I think the man need to love his wife real good to be able to cope because the days we spend on location, friends we keep….and we are so dedicated to our job. Some men are also the cause because they might demand you quit the job because you are taking so much time on the location, you are keeping some particular kind of friends, papers…soft sell has written this about you, meanwhile, these are things he’s been living with before they got married, and now he starts making all kind of demands because he knows he has gotten you by being in his house. I think with a better understanding of your spouse and less interference from third party, marriages will work.
What is your comment on the fact that the industry is becoming an all comers affair?
Thank you. I think that is a serious issue that the leadership needs to work on and eradicate because that is going to dent the image of the professional practitioners. You see a girl or somebody who has some money and the next thing she does is to bring in two or three actors, hire camera and shoot a movie and sell at Idumota. It is annoying and it is killing the job because these are people who never had any form of training and stuff like that. It is obvious they will end up producing junks and it is not good for the industry. I think the earlier we eradicate such the better.
What is the most embarrassing thing a fan has done to you?
That was a Danfo driver and his conductor, it happened on IKorodu road. I was just hitting IKorodu road and this driver just crossed and started shouting that she’s the one …Omo ghetto and before I knew it all the passengers had come down and they were like do this, do that and all that . I was so embarrassed that I wanted to flare but because of the environment, I could not. It was really something else.
Are you actually trimming down because you look slimmer?
Yes, I’m really working on myself because I am imagining myself in size 12 (laughs)
How did your first kiss happen?
My first kiss ever, haaa…it was stolen, and it was my first love. We were talking and I was already angry trying to report something to him and he was like don’t be angry…and before I could say Jack Robinson, he had planted a kiss. And I was like what did you just do…that was how I had it.
Culled from Orijoreporters
Actress Lota Chukwu Celebrates Birthday With New Photos
Popular Nigerian actress, Lota Chukwu, has celebrated her birthday on Sunday, November 29, 2020 with beautiful new photos.
The film star, who rose to prominence for her role as ‘Kiki’ in Funke Akindele’s hit TV series, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, took to her Twitter account on Sunday to grace the timeline with sultry photos of herself.
She captioned her first post thus:
“Happy birthday, Queen Lota. Happy birthday to me.”
A few hours to her big day, the actress shared on Twitter that she had a simple wish for her birthday this year, which is a bouquet.
In her words:
“My wishlist was so short this year. I wanted just one thing: a bouquet. Wishlists do get shorter as you grow older. Lol. Also, when God keeps answering even the prayers you haven’t thought to pray for, There’s barely anything to wish for.”
See her post below:
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The reality TV star is fed up of people leaving pregnancy comments on her post and she has decided to give them a piece of her mind.
Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Khafi shared a photo of herself along with the words;
“The way I’m looking at the next person who drops a pregnancy comment on my post. Continue reading if you don’t want to get BLOCKED. (I’m not joking).
I’ve ignored them for the longest now but according to the womb watchers on social media I have been pregnant for over a YEAR. So let me get this off my heart. Some people have flat stomachs naturally and some people have big stomachs naturally. The latter is ME. And when I’m on my period it is even BIGGER. I don’t owe anyone a flat stomach but still I try to suck in my belly in every single picture and sometimes I do it better than others. The worst is that even when I’m proud of my ‘sucking in skills’ on a particular picture there is always SOMEONE who still comments something about pregnancy. This is a habit that HAS TO STOP.
First of all, women are more than baby making machines. A woman’s fertility or decision to start a family is for her to decide, not for you to comment on in every single picture… Must our stomachs always be the first thing you look at??
Secondly, I’m not just speaking up for myself but for women in general. You may mean well when making pregnancy remarks but it is not always a compliment. For women who have had miscarriages, have been trying unsuccessfully for a baby, or simply conscious about their weight it can be very distressing, triggering and also puts a lot of undue pressure on them. So unless someone has announced a pregnancy or told you then please be nice and DONT COMMENT OR CONGRATULATE them on one.
Trust me when the time is right I welcome pregnancy (twins please Lord!) and starting a family at God’s time. But until I’ve said I’m expecting please stop with the pregnancy comments. I’ll have no patience for them anymore and any one who writes such comments will get BLOCKED.
To those who mean well, thank you so much, I do love you all But to the amebos please be amebos elsewhere It’s pressure enough being a woman, so let’s not add to it. Happy Sunday.”
See her post below:
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Popular Yoruba actress, Eniola Badmus took to her Instagram page on Sunday to put her trim figure on display.
The actress, who embarked on a weight loss journey earlier this year, shocked her fans after she posted a photo of herself rocking a leopard-print bikini.
In the photo, the 43-year-old film star looked noticeably trimmer as she struck a sexy pose beside a swimming pool.
The actress showed off her progress and she noted that nobody should come for her except they are Uber drivers.
In her words;
“Sunday Afternoon at the pool….Happy Sunday guys
See her full post below:
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