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I Hate A Promise-And-Fail Man –Oragwa

Posted: Jun 13, 2015 at 3:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pretty thespian Tessy Oragwa is not only proficient in her role on screen but also a top star in her right. In this chat with Sam Anokam, the gap-tooth actress talks about her career

How did acting begin for you?

Pretty thespian Tessy Oragwa

Pretty thespian Tessy Oragwa

I wouldn’t say I started acting right from my mother’s womb. I just found out that I started a flair for acting, probably after watching the movies of my mentors in the industry. I started investigating how to go about it. God so kind, I met a family friend who introduced me to a producer and that is how it started for me.

How many flicks have you featured in so far?

So far so good, I have featured in so many movies and TV series. I have featured in flicks like, Tower of Covenant, Sisterhood of Darkness, Royal War 1&2, Silent Scandal, among many others. I can’t at the moment begin to count but the truth is that God has been very good.

Which movie so far can you say have been most challenging?

Every movie comes with its challenge, trust me, I have not done any job that I can say it’s extremely challenging, I’m still waiting for it.

Who are your mentors in the industry?

I love Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Genevieve Nnaji, Joke Silva, Aunty Onyeka Onwenu. I love them so much that whenever I see them in any movie, I get excited and want to watch the movie.

What is your fashion style like?

I am a simple person, so my fashion style is simple. I go with anything that fits and what I am comfortable in. I don’t go with the trend.

What accessory can you not do without?

I just cannot see myself not wearing a wristwatch. It is very important to me because I just love keeping to time.

Could you please tell us your status, are you married, single and searching?

You see, I would really want to keep my private life to myself but all I can tell you now is that I am single but not searching.

What qualities do you look out for in a man you may want to have interest in? 

The quality I will look out for in a man is a man who is caring, loving, trust worthy, God fearing. A man with a big and accommodating heart is okay by me.

What is it that you don’t like in a man?

I hate liars. I hate dishonesty in man, I hate a man who promises but never fulfils it.

What part of your body do you cherish the most?

Without mincing words, I cherish every part of my body, no exception.

Who is Tessy Oragwa outside Nollywood?

I am a hardworking, outspoken, outgoing lady who loves making new friends, love traveling. I also love watching out for people but I hate seeing people cry.

What was your experience like the first time you went on set?

I got my first role when I was with a theatre group. As expected, I was frightened but I gave my best.

What is your take on Nollywood presently?

There is no doubt that Nollywood has improved tremendously. You cannot say that the way the industry was 20 years ago is still the same it is now. We have grown and still growing. I just pray and hope that the industry gets bigger and better and that more experienced and capable hands will come in and avail the industry of their expertise to make the industry the envy of all. Already we are recognized globally but a lot still has to be done to be at par with others in international level.

Another aspect is that we want the federal government to look into this industry and assist us. We have been asking for assistance so that the industry will be better for all of us.

What’s your comment about sexual harassment in Nollywood?

The issue of sexual harassment is not peculiar to the motion industry alone. What you can tell me is that it is more pronounced and that is because it is entertainment, a lot of people watch us otherwise, I would say there is no sector of the economy where you wouldn’t find sexual harassment. It is in every sector. So long you are a woman, men would approach you and then if you feel you want to date him and have some fun, you go ahead; it’s your life. There is no discrimination about that, but don’t make it look like you are being harassed or forced to do what you do not want to do. You have a mind of your own and you are mature enough to take decisions.

What were those challenges you encountered when you started?

I could remember a time I got a job for a very good role after going for the auditions from the outset. I was inside the location bus when the EP talked to the PM and the Production Manager came to tell me that the Executive Producer said that I didn’t look like Eucharia Anunobi and that they have someone who looks very much like her, and that was the person he wanted. I accepted, dropped the script, came down and went back home. It was really challenging just like every business comes with its own challenges.