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‘Marriage has not slowed me down’ – EMEM ISONG-MISODI

PROLIFIC movie producer, Emem Isong-Misodi is really enjoying her marriage.  She told ENCOMIUM Weekly’s Associate Editor, UCHE OLEHI so, in an interview at Silverbird Galleria, Lagos on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Admitting she took colleagues, friends and fans unawares, Emem assured her formal wedding wouldn’t be wrapped in secrecy.

The multiple-award winning film maker also revealed the qualities she cherishes most in her Camerounian hubby, Akama Misodi and why it was easy for her to transit from being single to married life.

Emem Isong-Misodi spoke at the premiere of While You Slept, directed by Desmond Elliot and produced by Ini Edo (Emem supervised the production).

While You Slept featured Ini Edo, Venita Akpofure, Joseph Benjamin, Bobby Michaels, among others.

 

It’s obvious a lot went into the production.  So, what were the basic challenges?

It was fun actually because we are all friends working together.  Me, Ini Edo, Desmond Elliot.  It was just fun.  I wasn’t surprised it turned out good.

What informed the cast?

We always love to use a new face alongside established ones, which was why we chose Venita Akpofure.  Some of them are my students from Royal Arts Academy.  I’m glad they did well.

Where did you shoot?

We shot in Lagos.

Should we expect more movies from Emem Isong?

Yes, of course.  Right now, I am going on set.  I want to shoot with my students.

A lot of people think you’re kind of scarce these days, could marriage have slowed you down?

I doubt it.  It cannot slow me down except when the babies start coming.

While You Slept is a fantastic production.  What inspired it?

Like I always tell people, I’m a content supplier.  So, I must always have content.  Funny enough, these ideas just keep coming and if any of my friends say they want to do a movie, I bring them out for them.

How’s married life?

It is sweet.  Married life is lovely and I’m enjoying every bit of it.

Any challenge?

Not really, because I’m already used to living a quiet and reserved life.  Again, I got married to my friend who understands my job.  The only difference is there is a man I now report to.  That was not the case when I was a single lady. I also have to carry him along in my travel plans if there is a job that takes me out of town.

How come your wedding was more like a secret affair?

It was deliberate.  I never planned a big wedding. I just wanted something small.  Don’t forget we are still going to do our formal wedding.  When the time comes, everybody would be involved.

Can you now tell us your love story?

That’s not now.  The truth is we didn’t court for a long time. We actually met through a friend not too long ago.  We hit it off from there and decided to settle down and we’ve been happy ever after.

What do you cherish most about being married?

What can I say?  Companionship, love and friendship.  Most of all, we are friends.

How would you describe your husband?

He’s a wonderful guy, very loving and very important.  He’s my friend.

Are you guys living here in Lagos or he joins you when he’s in town?

He’s in and out.

Are you ready to start making babies?

You would get to find out soon.

You are perhaps one of the most decorated Nollywood amazons, how does it feel?

If you say so.  I don’t know.  I just know I’m doing what I like doing.  I will keep doing it.  And I thank God for that.

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