Acting nude? Count me out says Nigerian actress Dupe Adetuwo
|By Rasaq Bamidele
London, Dec. 8, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Dupe Adetuwo, a Nigerian movie star is a Princess from the Abodi Royal family of Ikaleland at Ikoya in Okitipupa Local Government in Ondo State in the south western zone of Nigeria.
Born over five decades ago, the mother of three and a widow holds Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Business Administration from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State in the south-south zone of the country.
In a chat with Alternativeafrica.com, the fair complexioned and vocal actress expressed her displeasure with the use of gun and acting nude in the Nigerian films saying the acts are inimical to her country’s culture and tradition.
The popular actress, who was the Chairman of the Actors Guiid of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter for about four years, also debunked the notion that home videos can corrupt the youth stressing that, rather, they teach morals and warn about the consequences of crime. In addition to that, Adetuwo informed that the industry is an avenue for job creation.
AltAfrica: How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the industry for over 30 years.
AltAfrica: What would you say attracted you to acting?
Acting is an inborn thing in my family. My father, the late King was into music and a great dancer. So, he kind of motivated me. I admired him so much that I just wanted to be like him.
AltAfrica: Any regret being an actress?
No regret because it gives me great joy and makes me feel complete.
AltAfrica: What are the challenges confronting you as an actress?
Part of the challenges is that people generalise and see all actors as lazy and layabout. Then, when being taken for granted by producers as well as when roles not given mostly on merit.
AltAfrica: What is your comment on the impression about “sleeping around for roles?”
It happens and most of the new crops of actresses believe you have to use what you have to get what you want. Few are still very disciplined and descent however.
AltAfrica: In how many movies have you participated?
I have featured in countless movies and TV soaps like ‘Song Bird’ by Jimi Sholanke as Tanwa. Diamond Ring by Tade Ogidan. Kiss me Quick by Nkem Owoh. All for Winnie by Shan George. Mirror in the sun by Lola Fani-kayode. Dazzling Mirage by Tunde- Kelani. Super stories by Wale Adenuga, Papa Ajasco by Wale Adenuga. Yoruba movies like Tinu mi ni mo mo by Dupe Adetuwo. Gbewiri & Mi o se kogba by Saheed Balogun, Omi Ewuro by Lepa Shandy. Oro towo ba se ti by Fumbi Akinduro. Elebolo by Gbenga Adewusi. Ibironke and Ija Ewe by Lasun and Muka Ray. Edun Ara by Modupe Johnson aka Fali Werepe etc.
AltAfrica: Which one was the most tasking?
My own movie TINU MI NI MO MO in 2005. It was tasking because in 2005, I was a green horn in the movie production. A lot of unforeseen circumstances came up during the shoot and I had to run around to look for more money. Also some artistes gave me a hell of trouble on set. The marketer who bought the movie also under paid me. He did not even pay me on time. It took me months to get my money.
I lost so much, lost all my investment on the movie. But altogether, it has been a beautiful experience. I learnt a lot from the experience and that has made me a better person.
AltAfrica: What is your take on Piracy and what do you expect from the government to curb the monster?
Piracy is, indeed, a monster to be uprooted completely to forestall thieves from reaping where they did not sow. I suggest that the war against the monster be fought collectively by all Nigerians, artistes and non artistes. And the war must be ceaselessly for till the end of the monster is achieved.
AltAfrica: Who will you say is your Role Model?
I will say Tade Ogidan is my Role Model. He introduced me to Lola Fanikayode the producer of the famous Mirror in The Sun of the National Television Authority (NTA) that gave me exposure up till date.
Is there any personality in the industry you are looking forward to performing with?
Yes of course. I am looking forward to one day that I will perform with Idris Eba, hope I get the name right. I admire his performance and he inspires me a lot.
AltAfrica: How do you cope with randy producers/directors as well as male advances?
I put them where they belong. It’s either you give me a role on merit or you keep your script. I don’t compromise my stand on this. They know me as a disciplinarian.
AltAfrica: On a more serious note, how can movies be deployed to curb crime and other social vices?
Oh sure, a lot of stories have been written on crimes and the consequences there after and people have taken corrections and learnt lots of lessons from them.
No doubt it has created lots of jobs for teeming jobless youths out there because there are so many areas where one can function and earn good money such as sound track, editing, set designing, make up, costuming and many others.
AltAfrica: Are you comfortable with speaking too much English language in Yoruba movies?
Not so comfortable because they are usually subtitled and some of them speak very bad English
|AltAfrica: How do you feel when guns are used in Yoruba movies as in English war films?|
Not really in our culture. We teach people more through morals and good examples.
AltAfrica: Are you married, single and searching or in any relationship?
I am a blessed widow with three successful children. I am a super grandmother.
AltAfrica: How much can you charge to act nude?
I have never acted a kissing role talk-less of acting nude. Please count me out. I am a role model to my children and many people out there.
AltAfrica: What type of man would you like to settle with?
No man can be like my late husband. I am just too happy with the way things are. I am fulfilled seeing my children doing great in life
|Besides acting, what else do you do to complement your pay from the industry?|
AltAfrica: I am presently a Board member of Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko under Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu’s administration. A staunch member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state.
AltAfrica: Outside movies, what do you do for relaxation?
I travel a lot. Travelling to me, is an adventure. It enables you to learn and know more about other people’s cultural heritage. It affords you the opportunity to sell your country to the outside world.
I have been to the United Kingdom (UK), I have been to the United States of America and I have been to other places like Togo, Dubai, South Africa and Britain. I have also been to almost all the 36 states of Nigeria.
AltAfrica: How many Awards do you have in your kitty?
Without sounding immodest, I will say I have a couple of Awards in my kitty. Ondo State Female Role Model Award, 2018, Style Ambassador Award of the Style Network Magazine, Ondo State 2018 Female Table Tenis Award. Ikale Community , Lagos Chapter, special pride
Award, City People Magazine recognition Award for Excellence in Acting 2015, Women Table Tennis Champion, Ondo State and Gold Medallist in Table Tennis among others.