Up and coming Nollywood actress, Crystabel Goddy can be considered as one of the controversial actresses in the Nigerian movie industry and she has just confidently stated that her body is one of her greatest assets and she likes flaunting it.
The actress who once went viral after she posted unclad photos to celebrate her birthday some few years back, talked about her life, career and future aspirations in this new interview with Sunday Punch.
I am the first child and I am from Port Harcourt, Rivers State. I also grew up there.
I attended the University of Port Harcourt, where I studied Geophysics.
I have always wanted to become an actress. I used to work in an oil and gas firm before resigning to pursue acting. I came to Lagos for an audition and fortunately, I was picked to feature in a movie titled, Aba Makama. The movie did so well and is still doing so well. The movie really paved the way for me. Then, I acted in Green White Green which is currently on Netflix. Imagine coming to Lagos and getting a prominent role at my first audition.
So far, I have featured in about 14 movies. They include Idemuza, Daddy’s Girl, The Nigerian Prince, Behind the Smile, 24/7, among others.
It was a process. Before I resigned from my oil and gas job, they had started adjusting to the fact that I had interest in entertainment. It wasn’t just acting; I was also modelling as well. At a point, I told them that acting was demanding and that I had to focus on it because I wanted to do something I enjoyed doing.
I have done a couple of fashion and runway shows. I have also done advertising jobs for companies such as Airtel, 9Mobile and Chivita.
After my second movie, I think at about my fourth year in the movie industry, something really bad happened to me. A lady claimed that I bit her. I was new in the industry. I had no idea about the manipulative attitude of people in the industry; so, I fell into the trap. But I learnt my lesson.
The Actors Guild of Nigeria placed a ban on me but that didn’t change anything because I am not a member of the AGN. So, I don’t understand how it is possible to be suspended or banned from a body that I don’t belong to.
Even if I were a member, a president cannot just wake up one morning and ban a member without inviting her or hearing her own side of the story. Though I was advised not to go to Ibinabo Fiberesima, who was the president of AGN at that time, I just felt I needed to explain to her. On getting to her office, the people there affirmed that the lady in question was a problematic person. Ibinabo even confirmed that it was the norm in the industry for some actors and actresses to run others down.
Ibinabo had no moral justification to ban anyone because as of that time, she had a case in court concerning murder. How can that person have the moral justification to judge another for fighting?
I dragged actress, Grace Ama, into the matter because she was one of the actresses I liked. After I read her lowly comment on the issue, I lost the admiration I had for her. I felt her comment was biased and patronising. She and Ibinabo messed up.
It is so hilarious when you see things about yourself that you would have never imagined. I don’t know what I will do to the girl who would dare kiss me if it is not for a movie. I don’t sleep with women but I also don’t have anything against people who do because it is their choice.
There are always lessons to be learnt, whether good or bad. I believe in taking the lessons and moving on. Though it is not everyone who has the strength to learn, as some people give up when bad things happen to them. I am not that kind of person; so, I don’t give up. I have been told ‘no’ before but I didn’t feel bad about it because you cannot get every role. So, I continue working on myself and wish for the best.
I think I am a nudist. I have a great body; so, I like to flaunt it. I am hoping to be this hot for a long time so that I can go on wearing bum shorts and crop tops. As a professional actor, I am open to acting nude only if the nudity contributes something tangible to the story. If it is just to show off, then I won’t. I also don’t think the Nigerian market is ready for that right now.
I am a goal getter. I wake up every day with the mindset of taking the opportunities that are there for me. I am very strong-willed, focused and adventurous. I am also more serious than fun.
I don’t have role models but I have people who have been good to me.
I don’t dwell on the physical because that might be regular. There are so many fine boys who are not intelligent. I am a very intelligent person; so, I need a man who is on that level or even higher.
I have my own style. I believe fashion is a way of life. I usually don’t go with the flow or trend. If I walk into a crowd, I will never get lost.
Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.
Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.
Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.
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The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.
Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.
“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.
“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”
Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest
Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.
The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.
After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.
Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.
“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.
“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”
Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.
He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.
“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.
“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”
CCTV At Lekki Toll Gate Was Not Removed -Lekki Concession Company Says
Lekki Concession Company in their press release has debunked the rumour that the Lekki Toll Gate CCTV camera was not removed.
According to the press release by the company which condemns the unlawful killings of the peaceful protesters said no one gave the order for the removal of the Closed Circuit Television System as the CCTV is still intact as of the time of this report.
Speaking further, the concession company revealed that if the CCTV was to be removed, it would require the use of machinery to reach the heights that they have been installed.
Read the release report below;
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