(See Photos) Interpreting Roles Is Divine- Actress Bukky Raji – Ambode
Seasonnews.com.ng unfolds that the Mass communication graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University is one of the most sorts after actresses in the Yoruba section of Nollywood. She obliged us few of her time in between her filming hours.
How long have you been in the industry?
I started way back 1999 immediately after my secondary school. I joined a group then but I can say I started acting in movies around 2004 or thereabout can’t really remember now.
What attracted you to this profession?
Passion. I had always loved dancing and singing from my secondary school days, I remember I represented my school well in drama, dancing and singing in competitions then, and we won various things for my school. I didn’t give up since then so immediately I saw an opportunity of joining a theatre group, I just tapped in then. Although it was just passion then I had and still have for dancing and singing that first got me in now, it has gone beyond that, now I want to reach out to people, I want to make an impact in people’s lives through movies I feature in or produce by myself.
You took a long break from the industry for a while, for what purpose?
Hmmmmm well only God knows how much I love to have a good and Godly home, so one of the sacrifices I have to make in the course of my career is to take a break, settle down and build my home for a while but now I am back and better with the of help of God and the backing my husband and my cute son, I am good to go.
Talking about your family, which most female Artistes don’t like talking about, what made you say “I do” to Mr Ambode? And how has marital life been?
I said I do to him because I found in him almost everything I wanted in a man, anytime I look at him I see a God-fearing man, I see the love of my life, I see my father which I lost at a very tender age of my life, I see a brother which I never had cause all my siblings are female like me, I see a good father to my son. In one word, he is a man after my heart.
How have you been coping with career and motherhood?
Hmmm! motherhood is a career on its own from my own point of view but to answer your question, I will say it’s not really been smooth but I am trying to balance it and God has really blessed me with a boy that seems to understand the nature of my job, he copes well me anytime we move about for jobs. He is on set with me here, in the room with my sister.
How come you didn’t settle down with a foreign-based like your colleagues?
(Laughs) It’s simply because I didn’t find all those things I have mentioned in a foreign-based guy. Maybe, if I had seen one with all those qualities maybe I would have settled with such a person. Those qualities are only in the one I have found, Mr Raji (laughs).
Which movie will you say gave you the big breakthrough?
Haaa! I don’t know but the one I suspect is titled DEBORAH because many of my fans call me by the name, although some call me Iya Ijebu, because of a character of an ijebu girl from the village in the movie and some even argue when I say I am not from Ijebu. My fans love the job and I believe, it’s the one that gave me the breakthrough.
Tell us a few of the movies you have featured in and what your experience on the job as been?
I have featured in movies like OMIJE OPO, SELIAT, TORERA, IRUJU, FOLAHANMI, ILAKOSE, OBIRI LAYE, MAFISERE, etc my experiences have been different on each set, you will meet some good directors and fellow artistes that brings the best out of you, of course, some that are not as well-trained as they say. Of course, based on the experience I have been scaling through.
What are you presently working on?
Apart from “Love can’t happen” which I am presently filming, I just left “Iya Oko” locations a few days ago both movies directed by a few experienced Director, I just met on the job, Olufemi Bolorunde. There is also “SHA KO PE” it’s really hot and hilarious. It’s me in another dimension and it’s going to keep you glued to your TV.
Who are those that you look up to in the industry?
I look up to everyone in the industry; my senior colleagues, contemporaries, and upcoming ones as well. I learn from everyone. You know this is a collective job. In particular, Abbey Lanre, Funsho Adeolu, Daddy and Mummy Jacobs (Olu and Joke Jacobs) have been of great motivation to me, I must confess.
What is your overview of the Nollywood industry?
We are moving forward and I am sure we can only get better. Technically, artistically… generally, we have moved from where we were when I joined many years ago. Many things have really improved. Nollywood is a global brand compared to many years ago.
How can government help improve the industry?
By putting modalities for fighting piracy. By channelling more attentions to arts and arts-related issues in our country and much more.
When are you featuring in your first English speaking Movie?
When the script comes. I am ever ready. I don’t know if I should let the cat of the bag though, I am in discussion with a production outfit to feature in an English language sit-com and a movie. Let’s keep the fingers cross.
As a mass communication graduate, are you looking forward to practising Mass Communication in future?
I am not sure of that…..but never say never.