Patience they say is all what one needs in the journey of life and her patience and hardwork has paid off. Adamma of Nollywood, Queen Nwokoye whose unique way of acting has earned her a spot in the Nigerian celebrities book says despite not conforming to the norm in the movie industry of moving to Lagos or sleeping with producers and directors, in order to achieve stardom, she is glad she made it. The beautiful actress has been in the movie industry since 2004. For many years, she was not one of the prominent stars, in spite of the fact that she befriended a lot of star actors. Even when many expected her to quit the industry and opt for a white-collar job since she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, she stayed on and kept on working hard and believing.
The actress recently gave an insight to her journey to stardom and how she became a star without relocating to Lagos, which is considered the hub of entertainment, Nwokoye said, “Lagos is too rowdy. It’s too busy for me. In Lagos, everybody is hustling. I am not a hustler. All my life, I have never had to hustle for anything, anything I have came to me, including stardom.”
Does that mean she is one of the said few that didn’t have to sleep with a producer to get movie roles? ‘‘If it is true that actresses have to sleep with producers to get roles, I’m happy I didn’t have to do so. Sometimes, it is people’s way of trying to explain away their failure. I didn’t pass through it. From my experience, nobody ever asked to sleep with me. If you present yourself as someone that can sleep around to get roles, people will treat you that way. But the truth is how many people do you want to sleep with before you become famous?”
Queen, who has been accused of refusing to discuss her marital status, said stardom hasn’t changed her. “I don’t think anybody can accuse me of being proud. I don’t even consider myself a star and I don’t see how someone like me can begin to act arrogantly.”
With plans to produce movies; Queen said she was grateful to God and her fans that had kept faith with her.