I was born to a Nigerian father and Cameroonian mother. My late father was a disciplinarian who wanted the best for his children. I learnt a lot from my mum and that helped me become the woman that I am today. She had a way of making me understand why certain things should not be done in a certain way. My father never wanted me to get into the industry but my mother helped me to achieve my dreams.
Growing up with my brothers, Aquila and John, was interesting and I was more of a tomboy. My brothers have always been my buddies. When I started acting, they always went through the scripts that were given to me and made sure that I priortised education. My brothers joined the industry long before I did, so they have always been the ones to advise me. They made me understand the importance of getting an education and why I must not play every role. They also ensured that I pursued other things aside from acting. Till date, they still go through my scripts.
I studied English at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
I accompanied my brother, John, to a reading and the lady who was supposed to act a particular role was absent. I was asked to do read her lines. When my brother and I were about leave, the producer of the movie asked if I would like a role in the movie. I was excited and accepted the offer. It was a big one for me because I acted alongside people I only used to see on television. My first major role was in a movie titled, Girls Hotel. I featured alongside Olu Jacobs and it was shot in Port Harcourt and Aba. Before then, I did Diamond Ring, with Tade Ogidan.
I won’t say there were challenges. All over the world, nothing good comes easy. Challenges help you to become better at what you do depending on how you handle them. Challenges are there to push you up and it all depends on you.
I have produced two movies even though I’m not a full-time producer. I started producing when I wanted to play a particular character and I felt I would act the role better if I wrote the script and produced it. My brother and I directed the movies. We had a lot of ideas in mind for the movies I produced and we wanted to be able to achieve those goals. Acting made me who I’m today, so I produce whenever I have the chance to.
I run Empress Njamah Foundation, Empress Njamah Beauty Parlour, Empress Njamah Boutique and I’m working on my shoe line as well as other things. I love to multitask, experiment and follow my dreams. Acting has no expiry date. You can be a 100-year-old man or woman and still play a role. Acting doesn’t affect anything. For me, acting is not about the money. It’s about good scripts and challenging characters.
I like roles that have not been done before and if it has been done before, then it should be in a different form. I love challenging characters. Sometimes you get excited working with a director or a particular producer and you would love to work with the person again.
Naturally, I’m a regular person. If it were possible, I would love to take off my face and do whatever I feel like doing.
I just finished working with Sotayo Entertainment. I have a movie I shot recently where I played a private police detective. That was my first time of playing the role of a detective.
I did not enhance my buttocks. I have always had big buttocks. Whoever says I tampered with my bottom is a learner. I actually reduced my buttocks because I used to like to wear a particular design and size. As a result, I had to lose weight to fit into it. My bottom reduced when I lost some weight. I’m not against people enhancing their bodies. They have their reasons for doing so but I would rather go to the gym than go under the knife because the after-effect of surgery is worse than going to the gym. If you really want to enhance your body, you can exercise and get the natural enhancement.
Before my brother, John, got married, nobody told him he was next. It just came. So basically, there’s nothing to suggest that I am next on the marriage list. Marriage is something that happens naturally, so it will happen naturally for me. I can’t clone a husband, so I can’t go on and on about what qualities he must possess. I’m not an artist that will draw the kind of man I want because what you deserve might not be what you’ll get. When I pray, I tell God to let His will be done.
I do not follow trends. I wear a lot of jeans and leggings. In a week, I can wear a jeans five times.
I’m always working. If I’m not acting, I’m working on my designs. Sometimes, I don’t relax and when I travel because I travel to do business. Naturally, I’m a hyperactive person.