While speaking in an exclusive interview with Daily Sun, Nollywood actress, Nnenna Rachael Okonkwo popularly Known as Nkoli Nwa Nsukka, openend up on her journey to fame, love, hearbreak, embarassing moment and many more.
Read the excerpts below;
How did your journey into Nollywood begin?
I joined Nollywood in 2005. I did about seven movies and stopped because the experience was terrible. I then joined the music industry as a dancer. I danced and danced until people started calling me ‘Ote Egwu’ because I appeared in most gospel music videos in town then. I went back to Nollywood and continued acting until I had my breakthrough in the movie, Nkoli Nwa Nsukka.
Aside movies what else do you do?
I’m into property management. I buy and sell properties.
How was your growing up?
My growing up was not rosy at all probably due to the early demise of my father. I hawked corn, groundnuts and did other menial jobs just to survive and help my family. But I never lost focus.
Did you foresee yourself becoming this popular?
Not really, even though, I always believed in myself. I must confess that the fame actually took me unaware. I give God all the glory.
Can you share one of your best moments as an actress?
One of my best moments as an actress was when we were shooting Nkoli Nwa Nsukka Seasons 5 and 6. We got to a location but people did not allow me to shoot because they saw Nkoli Nwa Nsukka and not me. I never knew I had become that popular. In fact, I ran back inside the car and started crying, though it was actually tears of joy.
How do you deal with stubborn male fans?
I try to manage them because I see them as my well wishers. Without people like them, we won’t feel appreciated. God will always bless my fans.
Any embarrassing moment with a fan you can’t forget?
Yes. One day, I came out of my car to inquire about something from someone and on noticing I was Rachael Okonkwo, the young man jumped up and kissed me right on my lips. And this happened in traffic so; many people saw it. I can’t forget that day in a hurry. I felt so embarrassed that I felt like disappearing from there.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by God, kids and love for humanity. Nothing gives me joy like touching lives positively.
When should we expect the wedding bells to ring?
As soon as ‘Oyom’ is ready for us to walk down the aisle (laughs).
Are you currently in a serious relationship?
What’s your kind of man?
It’s a man that understands me more than all the men in the world (laughs). A man that understands the nature of my job, who is hard working and has the fear of God in him.
What makes you cry?
Worship songs make me cry because they remind me of God’s goodness in my life. I can be so emotional with such songs.
Have you ever been heartbroken?
How did you deal with it?
I picked up the pieces of my heart and moved on (laughs). You know how it feels watching someone you so much cherish leave you probably for another girl, but thank God someone better (than him) has taken the place.