I Have Over Paid My Dues - Nollywood Star And Pride Of Anioma, Nneka Ofulue Speaks


It seems like yesterday when Nollywood icon and paragon of beauty Ms. Nneka Ofulue was featured in the 1998 home video 'If I Perish' produced by Sydney Diala. Since then, she has gone on to feature in over 20 highly rated Nollywood movies, and cemented her place as one of Nollywood fans favourite actresses.

Ofulue Nneka was born April 20th to the family of Chief Ofulue Alfred & Mrs. Ann Ofulue of Agbonta Ụmụ-Ọzọma, in Ubulu-Uku, Aniocha South L.G.A, Delta State. She is the last child in a family of nine children with four boys and five girls.

She attended Ubulu Primary School Ubulu-Uku, Delta State where she obtained her F.S.L.C. She proceeded to attend three different Secondary Schools in six years. Firstly, she had her JSS1 at St Brigids's Girl's School, Asaba before returning to register at  Ezemu Girls Grammar  School, Ubulu-Uku, Delta State, where she obtained her Junior School Certificate. Later, she gained admission into Oke-Ira Grammar School Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos State, where she had her SSCE. She studied History & International Studies at Lagos State University (LASU).

Nneka Ofulue, Francis Duru and Victoria Inyama in "If I Perish" (1998)
Her journey into Nollywood stardom started in 1998, when Veteran actor, Sydney Diala featured her in the movie "If I Perish". She would take a long break from acting after that breakthrough because of the usual distractions that engulfed the industry and especially because her charming beauty attracted too much attention than she could cope with at that young age.

A couple of years after, she returned to feature both as an actress and the make up artist in the movie, "Serpent in Paradise" by the very delectable actress, Franca Brown. She consolidated on the success by featuring in the popular TV series of the new millennium titled, "Taxi Driver" which was a soap opera as at the time. The movie starred two seasoned actors, Sola Fosudo & Sola Shobowale who played her Parents. The series portrayed the importance of good parenting.

Nekky played the role of a very spoilt child in the series where she was the only child of her parents. She was very rude to their domestic aide who was old enough to be her father.

"I will say the TV Series was the  most challenging of all because I remember vividly how difficult it was for me to get my lines and before you say jack, my parents have gotten theirs & waiting for me", she told Arise Africa.

She still feels thankful to Sola Fisudo who she says took time out to teach her how to get her lines easily as a young actress in the industry.

"The experience I gained from the series has continued to help me in life", She continued.

Nneka Ofulue as Mother in the movie "Grape"
Nneka Ofulue In the Movie "Stronger Together"
In recent times, Nneka has been playing more of motherly roles in movies, a role she says is very challenging since sometimes the person playing as the child is almost same age in real life. However, she says the ability to interpret the character makes the difference. The long list of movies she has featured in in the past 3yrs include:

  1. Loud Mouth.
  2. Disguise 
  3. Unveil
  4. The Wedding Party 
  5. Stronger Together 
  6. Grape
  7. Makate Must Sell
  8. King Of Boys
  9. Atlas

Also, she has starred in the following TV Series:

  1. Fuji House Of Commotion (Chief's 5th Lawyer Wife) By Late, Amaka Igwe. 
  2. Aso Ebi By Desmond Elliot.
  3. Fast Lane By Teco Benson
  4. The Vendor By Julius Agwu
  5. Husbands Of Lagos By Mary Njoku.

Her most recent role is in the movie titled; "King of Boys" produced by Kemi Adetiba and directed by Kemi Adetiba who also directed the blockbuster movie "Wedding Party".

Nneka revealed that her role model is Mrs Ajoke Silva; wife of veteran actor Olu Jacobs.

"I love her way of interpreting roles, her body language, she's full of energy and she speaks the English Language well. She is a super excellent woman", She concluded.

Speaking on why read is referred as the pride of Anioma, she said she aims to attain greater success in the industry and help to portray the culture of the Anioma people to the world.

By Onwordi Ngozi Fortune.

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