CELEBRITY INTERVIEW: ‘I am a very good Kogi girl’ – Star Actress Halima Abubakar
Published:2 Dec, 2012
I was born in Kano. I spent my early years in Kano and Kogi States. I attended many primary schools in the process. I was at the Bayero University, Kano, where I read Sociology.
Me and Nollywood
My sojourn in the movie industry wasn’t a bed of roses. Breaking through Nollywood was like a camel passing through the eye of a needle. It was very difficult and stressful. But I persevered and knew where I was heading. I kept telling myself to remain focused and push harder.When I started acting, I didn’t think of any other thing; it was just acting that was on my mind. So, I had to act just out of a passion and not for money. I started watching movies when I was very young. I grew up wanting to be like those people I watched. In Kano, what we watched were mostly Indian movies. Thereafter, I started watching a film series on a local television station and that was how I fell in love with acting. Now, aside acting, I am an executive producer/scriptwriter. Recently, I have been busy on set.
I manage a little farm in Lokoja. I bake and make cakes in Kano. Also, I work with some volunteers for some charity work. I believe I have to give back to a society that made me who I am today.
I don’t have any and I don’t think I will have any. Instead, I tag whatever experiences I have gone through, as ‘lesson learnt.’
I am a very good girl. I don’t set out to bring controversy on myself. I just go about my life in a normal way. If you think that is controversial, I don’t have anything to say to that.
It was fun but, I had doubts. It was a long process and thank God I’m alive today. I was a ‘mini’ rebel. My father still wonders at my mischief but I am glad I didn’t make a wrong career choice. Now, I hope I have made my parents proud. How my parents felt about some bad press? It was simply shocking to them. My father still does not like reading me in the papers. My mother knows I love what I do, so she advises me. Anyway, they are okay with it now unlike when they read those bad things years ago.
No popular actress can escape scandals. Scandal will rear its head, whether the stories are false or not. I see it as one of the rudiments of living. Many bad things have been written about me but Halima Abubakar is a totally different person from what people think, read or watch. I go way beyond that. I am a good girl but you can’t define me.
Life as an actress
It’s difficult managing people. It can be exhausting too. You can hardly trust many people and in order not to be disappointed, I don’t expect loyalty from anyone. At a point, the bad press affected me. Oh, yes it did. A lot of producers didn’t want to work with me. They used to see me as a very decent quiet girl and for them to see those pictures; it was very shocking to them. It took me some years to convince them that I can act very well. I am not all about snapping pictures and modelling. I am still trying to convince some of them. I refused to quit the industry and that helped me. Thank God, I have built relationships again and I have my movie, The Mistress.
Me and languages
I was born in Kano but I hail from Kogi State. I speak my language, I can even write with it! In fact, I speak six other languages.
Shoes and good perfumes.
My new look
I took my hair off for a cause. I am running a research on cancer and its also my little way of showing support to sufferers. Nothing more and I don’t have apologies.
I wash my face and I make sure I don’t look unkempt. Looking good is for the soul and not just for the eyes only. Beauty is God’s love to the world.