Friday, September 4, 2015
Hear what she told Daily Post recently:
For the benefit of your fans, can you take us through your sojourn in the movie world?
Well, I am a designer, obviously and I am a Nollywood actress, producer, director, script writer. That is basically who I am and I have been doing this for about 10 years now.
You started out as an actress and after about 2 appearances, you began to produce your own films. Why did you go into movie production that fast?
Well, for me, taking that decision was like a business decision for me because obviously, at that time, it wasn’t like actresses were paid one kind of money like that. So, I decided to go into production because I’ve always been a business person and I wanted to invest in the business part of it which was why I went into movie production. I think I should be the first actress to start producing my own films in 2005 or so. I did my first movie in 2004 and produced my first movie in 2005. It has been about 10 years now.
What was the main motivation then for you to make your own movie? Was it because you wanted to be in control, to do your own thing?
No, it was a business decision for me. I wanted to invest in it and it was a make money thing for me. I have always been a business person and it was just like I cannot depend solely on acting for a living. I believe in turnovers i.e. if you make money, you have to invest it to make more money. So, basically, that was it for me, the reason I went into movie production.
How many movies have you produced in all now?
About 17 now.
Now, take us through the learning stage from the first movie, what are the things you have been able to learn?
Basically, in the beginning, it was more of a business decision. I just wanted to make money from it but now, I have grown into it and I actually have a passion for the art of movie production and I just want to make a difference with my movies. So for me now, it is very personal and I am very passionate about it unlike before that I just wanted to collect Nollywood’s money. The difference between then and now is that then, I had very little knowledge about movie production. It was like how much do you need to produce a movie and then they were like N3 million and I was like oh, if I can do that and raise the money, so I can produce a movie and they said yes and I did. Eventually, maybe I made around that amount but obviously, there was no profit or anything unlike now that I know exactly what I am doing and I know how to market my films and all of that. So, I am a pro now although I am still learning.
Raising money for movies can be a bit herculean in the sense of getting investors and all that. How easy was it for you? Was it that you had a rich uncle or someone that could just give you the money? How were you able to raise the money?
Before I got into Nollywood, I was already doing business. I used to sell stuffs so I had my money to put into it and my mom supported me obviously which was a loan. She collected her money back but I had my mom to support me to loan me money for the film and I returned afterwards. Starting out, I wouldn’t say it was easy because as at 2005, it wasn’t like N3 million was one small money. It is not like it is now, but you know, I had my business money to put into it and my mom supported me. I don’t actually get executive producers. I am my executive producer and maybe my family or my cousin, you know, everybody, when I am like okay, guys, let’s do this. It is not like I don’t believe in going to hunt for executive producers but it is just not my thing. I had someone come once that wanted to do a movie which we did and before the movie even came out, they were on my throat for the money. I had to return it to them after we finished filming. They did not even finish editing. They called me and were like ‘oh, we heard the movie is out and blah, blah, blah’. So, I was like ‘you are going to get your money back and you are not going to get any credit as the executive producer. So, since then, I just decided when it is convenient for me, if I could afford to do it, I will.
How are you able to manage all of these?
I think am just really different people at different times, split personality issues, it is not issue, it is a blessing. But yeah, I love writing, I love listening to stories and I love being involved in every aspect of my movie. I can edit, I learnt all these things. I don’t like being ignorant about stuffs, I want to know everything, even if I am not going to be the one to sit down and do it, you are not going to tell me how it is meant to be done. I know how it is meant to be done, I like to be learned about stuffs and be involved.
Your name ‘Rukky Sanda” sounds exotic. Can you tell us how you came about that name?
It is my family name. I am Rukayat Sanda, so Rukky is a short form of Rukayat.
We read some time ago that you are half Nigerian, half Ghanaian.
No, I am not. I am a full Nigerian. I am from Lagos, a full blooded Nigerian.
How then did the issue of being half Nigerian, half Ghanaian come about?
I don’t know. I guess it was because I use a lot of Ghanaians in my movies, so people just feel like I am kind of obligated to them in some type of way because I am from Ghana. I am not a Ghanaian but a full blooded Nigerian.
There was a time you tweeted that you are now back in your fatherland in Ghana
Yeah. I can’t remember the exact context in which I wrote that but I think I went to Ghana for the first time then and I was just messing around with some colleagues. I think Yvonne actually told me something that meant that in Ghana and I typed it. It wasn’t anything serious and I don’t know why people take the little things very seriously.
Coming back to your movies, how do you come up with ideas for the script writing?
It just comes. I don’t know where it comes from but I think every writer will say the same thing. For this particular movie “DARK”, I was actually writing a movie “WALLS WITHIN” and I had the writer’s block and it wasn’t coming, then this one (DARK) just came from nowhere and I started writing it and it just flowed.
You have done 17 movies so far. How have you been able to do 17 movies in a space of 10 years?
Is that a lot? It is not a lot. I should have done more but it is just exhausting some times. It is just hard work and determination actually and staying focused. Basically, that is just it and I have a good team.
Are you making your money back?
Yes of course. If I am not making money, I am not going to be here.
What is the most memorable kiss you have ever shared on set?
I don’t even remember the kisses. Most of the things I do on set, I don’t remember when the movie is done. Behind the scenes of DARK, I think I ate soap on set and it was ridiculous and when I saw the behind the scenes, I was like did I do that and they left me to be eating soap and everybody was laughing while I kept eating the foams. I don’t remember all those things afterwards. I think when you are in character, you are just in that moment and when it is done, I just try to forget about it and return to my normal self.
Can you recollect the worst thing you have done in a fit of anger?
I don’t get angry like that and when I get angry, I keep quiet and I walk away because there is no point in shouting and yelling. I am not a violent person so I don’t get to that point with anybody. It’s best to walk away than to do things you would eventually regret.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
I had this call on tuesday morning from a strange number, the caller told me I needed to see her in the hospital, dan abia precisely, that ma girlfriend was on admission,she called her name ( ma girlfriend's name)...when I got there, my girl was admitted already, so many question popped out, but her friend was unable to gimme answers, so I decided to meet the doctor, when i asked him what the problem was, he told the abortion she did was not successful, the operation didn't go well,
A statement by the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said that prior to being sworn in on May 29, President Muhammadu Buhari had the following:
- N30 million to his name. He also had only one bank account, with the Union Bank.
- He owns 5 homes, and two mud houses in Daura.
- He has 2 undeveloped plots of land, one in Kano and the other in Port Harcourt.
- Own Farms, an orchard and a ranch. The total number of his holdings in the farm include 270 heads of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses, a variety of birds and a number of economic trees”.
- Uses a number of cars, two of which he bought from his savings and the others supplied to him by the federal government in his capacity as former Head of State. The rest were donated to him by well-wishers after his jeep was damaged in a Boko Haram bomb attack on his convoy in July 2014.
- President Buhari “had shares in Berger Paints, Union Bank and Skye Bank”.
See full story after the jump:
His door had to be forced open when he was not seen outside the next morning. Up until his death, Bello was always warned by his neighbors to stop his over sexual acts, but all advice fell on deaf ears as he let his libido get the best of him.
Speaking out of annoyance, his landlord, Mr. Badejo Yekini, said: “I think he deserved what he got. He was a chronic womanizer who always derived pleasure in spending a whole night with prostitutes, not caring to know who they really were. To avoid such occurrences, men of this generation must learn how to control their libido.”
His friend also said the incident did not take him by surprise, saying, “I always warned him, but he would not listen.”