FEYISEKEMI Akinwale, a final year student of Ekiti State University is the winner of this year’s Next Movie Star Africa. She contested against other African countries such as South Africa, Namibia, Ghana, Liberia and other Nigerian housemates. Feyisekemi went home with a brand new SUV, cash prize and movie contract.
In an interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, she expressed joy, how it feels to be a winner and how she is ever prepared for stardom.
Thank you very much.
How does it feel to be the winner of Next Movie Star Africa?
I feel very excited. I am very happy and my joy knows no bound. My family is happy, friends in school, everybody around me is happy for me.
Did you envisage you would win?
No, no. I did not even think about that because I never knew I would win. Some days before the grand finale, I was actually thinking of another person. And that day I was just praying that God’s will should be done.
How did you get to know about Next Movie Star Africa?
I was in my room and I just decided to go through audition online and I found Next Movie Star Africa. Thank God for google.
So, who encouraged you to go for it?
I should say I am a lucky person. My parents were in support, my siblings were in support including my friends. They all encouraged me to give it a try.
What was your parents actual reaction when you told them you were going for Next Movie Star Africa?
They encouraged me. They told me to do what I want to do. Let me just say they believed so much in me.
Who among your housemates was a threat to you?
Sincerely, there was nobody because if you are supposed to be an actor you read script and get into the character and deliver. Moreso, I like it when good people are around me. But if I were to be a viewer, I have some people I would have wanted to win like Nwanma and Bolu.
What gave you an edge over other housemates?
Number one is the God factor. The grace of God, my hard work and my ability to study and get into the character.
What did you win?
I won a SUV jeep, cash prize and movie contract.
What are you going to do with your prize, are you selling off your car?
Why would I sell it off? I won’t do anything like that. I am proud to be the winner of Next Movie Star Africa and I have the right to show it to the world that, this is the result of my hard work (laughs).
How prepared are you for stardom?
I am prepared, we had rigorous training and grooming. We have been trained to maintain stardom. And personally, I don’t think winning Next Movie Star will change who I am. Although I have to touch up some things, it won’t change the real me. I will just have to be more conscious of myself and most of all, humility matters a lot.
Being a star now, won’t it affect your education?
That is what makes you exceptional, what makes you stand out. When you are able to multi-task at different levels. There is nothing much in merging my education with what I love doing. I see it as something challenging and challenges make you. The challenges you go through make you who you are. It’s another phase I will go through and I know God will see me through.
How do you intend to make yourself relevant in Nollywood, because it is the only industry that employs people every day?
There is something I know and I am very sure of. Everybody learns every day and we never stop learning. All I need to do is to keep improving myself and the best way to go about it is to read, pick a book that relates to my career and see how I can develop my skills. It is not enough to say you are talented, you have to read and research, moreso, devote time into what you are doing and make your own job spectacular. With that, you will stand out. They say if you want to hide something from an African man put it in a book, but if you read and research you will stand out and it gives you an edge over every other person.
Which school are you, level and what course?
I am in Ekiti State University, studying French and I am in my final year.
Tell us about your parents.
My parents are retired. My dad retired as a media person and my mom retired at Ondo State Radio Corporation.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Akinwale Oluwafeyisekemi. I am 19, a final year student of Ekiti State University, I love acting, dancing and sometimes singing. And I love to be me. I like people that are honest and real.
– AJOKE ONITOLO