A Nigerian actress, Gloria Okafor has
granted an interview, speaking out on
what she learnt from her heartbreak,
amongs other matters.
Gloria Okafor is a Nollywood actress
and producer. This lovable Nnewi-
born role interpreter made her acting
debut in God of Shiloh and went on to
excel in Public Wife.
In this interview, Okafor share lessons
she learnt from her heartbreak
experience, among other issues. Enjoy
How long have you been in the
It has been five years of acting on the
What have been your challenges as an
It has not been easy getting jobs;
though I count myself lucky for the
roles I play, which are commendable.
However, as a fast rising actress, the
rate of getting roles cannot be
compared to notable stars, and the
industry is engrossed in featuring
stars more than young ones. So, I
think venturing into movie production
is an edge to hit stardom like most of
my colleagues. Though, it doesn’t
mean I must play the lead in every
movie I produce or I have produced,
my director cast me for suitable role
despite been the producer.
Among the movies you have featured
which would you say is your
I have played notable roles in movies
including Husbands of Lagos and
Public wife. Though, I didn’t play
lead role in the movie, the flick gave
me recognition and I played a
different character from the usual
good girl role.
However, I also
featured on flicks like Lucy’s
Dilemma, My wife and I, For the Love
of You, Journey to Wed luck, Dusted,
Primitive Dim ‘O ma (Igbo), Tears
and Blood, Unveiled, Duplicity, Wanted
Girl, Chinelo the Shy Virgin among
You have played with notable cast on
set, which among them stand out?
Mercy Johnson-Okogie is an adorable
actress who is dedicated to her
career. Also, she inspires me a lot with
her motherly attributes, and
maintaining a healthy family with her
kind of job.
What actually spurred you to go into
As a dedicated actress who is
passionate about her profession, my
dream has always been to excel in the
industry, and also to make an impact
as a producer, giving others the
platform to discover themselves and
become productive in life.
Could you tell us about the movies
you have produced?
I have produced two movies titled My
Wedding Eve and Isije. My Wedding
Eve is a story of a friend of mine who
wasn’t honest to her husband.
her chief brides-maid, I didn’t
disclose his wife true identity to him,
but consulted his close associates to
guide him on how to handle his
marital relationship. My second movie
Isije featuring Lilian Esoro, Seun
Akindele, Arinze Okonkwo, Gloria
Okafor among others is a love story
of betrayal, trust and friendship.
also teaches us on contentment and
What have been your challenges as a
Most times getting the right cast is a
challenge, because of their
engagement or involvement on other
sets. Though, there is always an
alternative cast, getting your
proposed cast is a great challenge.
With your experiences as an actress
and producer, what would you say
are those things affecting film making
My early experiences getting roles
wasn’t an easy tax but my passion
for the job was my staying point.
Thereafter, producers and directors
were inviting me to play sub-lead
roles in movies. As a producer, I
would say I have made tremendous
progress as an actress, because it
gives me an edge over others. In fact,
I’m happy been self-made and a
Where do you hope to see yourself in
the next five years?
I look forward to becoming an expert
in film making.
There is a misconception about actors
who ventured into movie production
because of limited roles from film
makers; would you say you fall into
I don’t fall into that category,
because most of the movies I played
are based on recommendation. My
mother would always tell me that,
‘acting will take me to where my
legs cannot take me and millions of
people will be watching me’. So, the
producers or directors also
discovered my talent by watching my
works. However, I perceive movie
production as another phase in the
industry I need to explore.
S*xual harassment is on the increase
in Nollywood, have you had your
share of it?
Honestly, I have never been harassed
in the industry. Though, I’m not
saying it’s not happening, but I
have not falling victim.
Are you saying no producer or
director has approached for a
relationship or s*x for role?
None! If you doubt me, then let them
quote me wrong by speaking up.
How would you describe love?
Love is like a tree with different
Sometimes, you enjoy the
fruit, then it falls off and also you
have to water the fruit for it grows
again. For me, it has been weary and
enjoyable. Though, I have experienced
heartbreak, it’s a lesson for a
healthy relationship and I don’t
have any regret at all.
What are those lessons for a healthy
It’s simply unconditional love, trust
and understanding. Advisable, ladies
or married women need to look good
and sexy for their spouse.
Could you tell us more about your
Sister, please it’s my private life
Are you in a serious relationship now?
Let it remain private (laughter).
Who is your ideal man, since you
don’t want to disclose him or are
you not proud of him?
My ideal man must be God fearing and
visionary to make a successful family.
So, do you like them tall or short?
As a tall lady, I like them tall.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
Gloria Okafor is a lovable and caring
person, like my family and friends