BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: She’s Sexy, Fierce & Talented! It’s Nollywood Actress Beverly Naya

Beverly Naya is one actress that has had a short but glamorous career. Having starred in just nine movies, her first in 2008, she has managed to garner significant media attention.  Beverly is a refreshing, young addition to the Nigerian entertainment scene, she captures the attention of cameras every time she makes a public appearance at events, or on the red carpet, keeping her name constantly on the minds and lips of her fans all around the world. Beverly carted away the awards – ‘Most Promising Talent’ at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2010, ‘Fast Rising Actress’ at City People’s Awards 2011 and her career has been on a steady rise ever since. Aged 23, she is a graduate of Film Making & Script Writing from Roehampton University, United Kingdom. She speaks to Adeola Adeyemo about her family, passion and career in this exclusive interview.

Having lived most of her life in London, Beverly Naya relocated to Nigeria almost two years ago to pursue her passion for acting. Before then, she made her first visit to Nigeria when she was 15 and had only been coming during holidays afterwards. She acted her first few movies in Nigeria while on holidays but is now back to settle down. To her, Nigeria is the best place to be to pursue her career and she is evidently excited about it as we sit down for a chat. Her introductions started with “Beverly is a lovely person, a happy person” and it wasn’t hard to believe that while we spoke.

The Big ‘Move’
Why did you decide to come back to Nigeria?
Because I love acting, it is really beautiful for me. I understand that the industry here is growing and there are so many opportunities for actors in Nigeria so I just thought Nigeria is where I need to be. I love to be in front of the camera to act as often as possible and this industry provides that. They say charity begins at Home. I’m just happy to be back home.

How has the experience been for you since you settled down in Nigeria?
It’s been good. In the beginning it was a bit of a culture shock for me. But it has its blessings and it’s disadvantages. There are so many things to do and so many people to meet. It’s a really nice thing for me.

Discovering Her Passion, Living Her Dream
Where were you born and what was growing up like for you?
I was born in London but my family moved to America when I was 6 months. I lived in Atlanta and Chicago until I was 8 years old and then my family moved back to London and then I lived there ever since. I’m the only child, so I had a bit of a quiet childhood but I have loads of cousins and they always made sure that I was happy and kept me company. I have some beautiful memories from my childhood.

When exactly did it occur to you that you wanted to be an actress? Was it a childhood dream?
It wasn’t a childhood dream at all. It took me a while to know what I wanted to do with my future when I was a bit younger. I had so many ideas. I actually started with Psychology and Sociology but it wasn’t for me. So when I left that and decided to study Drama; that is when I knew I was passionate about it. I was the first student in my sixth form college to obtain a full mark distinction for my performance. That was when I knew that I really had the ability to act.

Tell me about your educational background?
I started acting when I was 17. I studied Drama in College for 2years and I got a full mark distinction for the few plays I performed while in college. I then took a three year break to University where I studied Film Making and Script Writing at Rodhampton University in London. I got a second class upper in Film Making and a First Class Upper in Script Writing.

What you studied at the University is quite different from what you are doing now. Why acting?
Before I studied Film making in the University, I had always been passionate about acting. I’d always wanted to learn and understand it better. It’s definitely my first love before anything else. I just studied film making because I wanted to be an all-rounder. I just wanted to know more about the entire field, to diversify myself.

Coming from a UK University, there would be some differences in the way the movie industry in Nigeria is and what you were taught at school. What are those differences and how have you coped with them?
I’d probably say, the time. The time that we have to shoot a movie here is obviously different to the time that we have to finish a movie in London. It is much shorter here and that is one of the challenges. Also, the time that we have to interpret our scripts is shorter here. Sometimes we get a script like a week or two before the movie commences and that could be a challenge too. But I think I’m getting used to it now and I really do enjoy it and I love challenges. I’m driven towards challenges so it works fine for me.

Are you going to write any movie scripts for the Nigerian movie industry any time soon?
Definitely, I do intend to write scripts in Nigeria. When I’m at home, I write scripts and I have quite a few of them stored on my laptop. One day I’ll turn them on to people in film.

Have you been fulfilled with the roles you’ve been playing since you started acting in Nigeria?
I think they are really interesting. The ones I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, I love them all. There is always something unique about the character, the way that it is portrayed. I think they are really good, they are improving and I only have good things to say about it.

Do you have any plans to act in a movie outside Nigeria?
I do want to act outside of Nigeria. I’m very passionate about this industry. My Mum has raised me to believe that charity begins at home but I would definitely love to work internationally. I actually have two projects that I’d be working on in the near future in Atlanta and New York so I’m looking forward to that.

Beverly on the set of 'Weekend Getaway'

Beverly the ‘Actress’
You had quite a lucky break, getting a lead role with your first movie. How did you get that role?
My Mum and Lancelot Imasuen actually partnered together to produce my first movie, ‘Home in Exile’ starring myself, Desmond Elliot and Francis Duru. I’ve been fortunate enough to audition or get cast for more roles.

What has been your most memorable movie role so far?
The character I played in the movie ‘Make Me a Heart’, Angel and the one I played in ‘Dark Waters’, Adesuwa. But my ultimate favourite would have to be the character from ‘Stripped’ which is the movie I just finished shooting with Ramsey Nouah and Joseph Benjamin. That character has got to be the best character that I’ve played so far. It was amazing; she experienced a huge variety of emotions. I can’t wait for everybody to see that movie.

Have you ever rejected a movie role before?
I haven’t, honestly. When I first read the script for ‘Stripped’, I wanted to, but when I read it again, I literally fell in love with that character. I don’t think there is any role I would want to reject.

Has your British accent prevented you from acting certain roles in Nigerian movies?
No, not at all. Sometimes I have to incorporate a bit of pidgin English or tone down my accent so that it would sound more Nigerian. I’ve always loved challenges so I don’t mind doing that. I just believe in working hard. When I came back, I had a goal, I knew what I wanted to achieve by a certain time. I always placed goals for myself because I believe that one should always challenge himself in order to get the best and that is what has been working for me.

You’ve had quite a lot of media hype surrounding you and your career. You caught people’s attention so fast. What is responsible for this?
I’d just say it’s God really, I thank God for that because I haven’t really done anything out of the ordinary to ensure that happens. I just thank God that people are accepting me and liking what I do.

How are you coping with the fame and media attention your career brings?
I’m coping well. It can be quite surreal and overwhelming sometimes but generally it’s a really nice feeling. It’s nice to know that people appreciate what you do.

Are you comfortable with the financial rewards of acting?
Because I have a passion for what I do, it’s not really about the money for me right about now. But I’m looking forward to a time that I become that big star and then I’m appreciated more than I’m appreciated now because that is when the pay would be really great, so I’m looking forward to that. I don’t think that I am where I need to be yet as an actress. I am still growing, still learning, and still waiting to absorb as much knowledge as possible in order to be the best at what I do.

You always seem to dazzle on the red carpet. Who is your stylist?
Actually, I don’t have a stylist. I haven’t hired one, but I’m currently working with Veronica Ebie. She is the one that has been styling me for the past week at Arise Magazine Fashion Week. She is really good at what she does. I love the way she styles me, I think she is doing an amazing job. Usually when it’s red carpet or a movie premiere, I usually just pick out something from my wardrobe or I contact one of my fashion designer friends that are willing to work with me for example Wana Sambo and I get something from them.

What do you feel most comfortable wearing?
I like to be comfortable but at the same time I like to be fashionable. I love standing out. It’s very rare that you see me not wearing heels. I like to wear heels and just look good.

What would you never wear?
Unless I’m going to the gym, I wouldn’t wear trainers. Or I see some people that like to wear socks with flip flops. I wouldn’t do that either. That is a definite fashion faux paux.

Which designers are you loving right now?
‘Jewels by Lisa’. I love ‘Bridget Awosika’, and I’ve just had a new found love for ‘Christie Brown’, I think she is a brilliant designer.

What would be your most embarrassing teenage experience?
When I was 15, I had just come to Nigeria for the first time and at that time of my life, I was obsessed with Sisqo. So when he came to Nigeria, I had to go. My Mum knew how much I loved him and she arranged for me to go to the Sisqo concert. I was fortunate to meet him backstage and I was speechless, I just kept staring at him and at one point he started looking at me like I was crazy. Eventually I managed to utter the words, “can I take a picture with you” and just as the camera flashed, I kissed him on the lips! He was completely shocked by that. Only to get home, try to develop the picture and they were not there. All of them were gone so I lost that memory forever. But I’m over Sisqo now.

There have been rumours of an affair between you and Desmond Elliot in the past. Is there any truth in this?
We are just friends and colleagues. There was never anything romantic between Desmond and I. it’s not even worth dignifying as far as I am concerned.

What in your opinion sparked up those rumours?
Based on the comments that I’ve seen and people that I’ve spoken to, I think it was the kiss in the movie. I guess everyone felt it was real.

Yes, that was one hot kiss.
If people thought it was real that’s a good thing. I did the job well I guess.

That role was quite daring for a first movie. What endeared you to the role?
It was my first movie. I was here on holiday and it was an opportunity to do what I loved. Ordinarily, I usually go for something that is more challenging, that has more depth but I guess because it was my first movie, I was drawn to that character because I wanted to do what I loved most which was acting.

What else are you passionate about besides acting?
Besides acting, I can script write very well. I can edit, I can direct. Regards my hobbies, I like to dance. I just like to have a good time basically.

Love, Family, Icons
Are you dating anyone presently?
At the moment, I’m not dating anyone.

What qualities would endear you towards a man?
I like someone that knows how to treat a woman. Someone that is a gentleman, dresses well, looks good and is God-fearing. I like a man that knows how to treat a woman and make her feel special because I think every woman should feel like a princess.

Your Mum was a co-producer of your first movie. That is a boost most young actresses don’t come by easily. Would you say her support has helped you get to where you are?
My Mum’s support has been phenomenal. My Dad embraces it; he is very encouraging and gives me advice. My Mum is my manager. She gives the best advice and always has my best interest at heart. Most of the producers and directors that I work with always have a good rapport with my Mum. It really helps with my Mum being there for me.

What role does she play in the movie industry?
She is not actively in the movie industry; she just looks out for me. Anything that concerns me is what she looks out for.

Which Nigerian actors or actresses do you admire?
I really love Genevieve Nnaji. When I met her, I enjoyed her company too. Ramsey Nouah is someone I have a lot of respect for in the industry. He is like a big brother to me, my mentor.

Aside from your Mum, who are the people you would say have helped propel your career?
Lancelot Imasuen. After my first movie, he was so impressed with my performance and I did two other movies with him.

Beverly on the set of "Stripped"

What new movies have you worked on recently?
Four of my movies would be premiering sometime this year. ‘Weekend Getaway’ which was produced by Emem Isong and directed by Desmond Elliot would premiere in June. It has Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Nouah, Ini Edo, Uti Nwachukwu, Bryan Okpara, myself and more. Also ‘Up Creek Without A Paddle’ which stars Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Van Vicker and myself should be premiering sometime this year. That movie had a N200million budget so I’m looking forward to it. Then ‘Alan Poza’ which stars OC Ukeje and myself. It is an amazing romantic comedy which everyone would love. And then ‘Stripped’ which should be premiering in July.

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Beverly Naya in the movie ‘Dark Waters’

75 Comments on BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: She’s Sexy, Fierce & Talented! It’s Nollywood Actress Beverly Naya
  • FINALLY!!! March 17, 2012 at 11:03 am

    FIRST, BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

    • Rene March 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      OMG BEVERLY NAYA IS ONE COOL CHICK.. DONT KNOW THIS BABE PERSONALLY BUT I SWEAR SHE HAS REPLIED TO ALL MY FACEBOOK MESSAGES AND TWITTER MESSAGES TO HER.. SHE IS SO SWEET AND SHE TAKES HER TIME TO ANSWER EVERYONES QUESTION AND ALL.. AND THATS HUMILITY ..LOVE HER.. AND WISH HER SUCCESS FOR LIFE.. THANK GOD SHE HAS GENNY AND RAMSEY AS ROLE MODELS.. GREAT CHOICE

      • dlapikin March 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        What else does she has to do? It’s not like she’s been shooting 50 movies a year like the others…

  • Partyrider March 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Interesting..
    I think she needs to put in more effort to improve her acting skills..wish you all the best.
    And she’s one pretty chick..
    We all love Genny don’t we?hehehe

  • TessySays March 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This is the only upcoming artist that features in The Royal Arts Academy that is worthy of any praise. The rest Uti, Alex Ekubo and the host of them are non acting wannabes. This Naya girl has depth.

    • Nollywood REinvented March 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

      are you seriously kidding me or are you joking? Beverly Naya can act? Call me a fool, I must have woken up in a parallel universe… I admit the rest are no Majid Michel but even the worst of them can act 10 times better than Bev…. what? Beverly Naya! Acting! That will be the day

  • Chinazar March 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

    This sounds exactly like her interview @ Jara with Uti. Is this all there is to her? I can almost write her biography now.

    • Baby Dee March 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      If the interviewer asked her different questions, i’m sure she would have different answers!

  • UsaveOne March 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I like the second the photo though i can’t figure out where she placed her hand..lol

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  • kokoqueen March 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    chinazo…dt shows consistency which alot of naija breed actors lack…..noone can ever please you guys……she is learning and she is sincere…she needs lots of goodluck…thanks

  • luvlyn March 17, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I tot d interviewer wud have at least askd her wat part of d country shez from. Wat kind of name is Naya.

    • Ikenna11 March 17, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      She’s Nigerian, isn’t she?

    • saywhat March 17, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      That Kind of name is usually linked to the igbos/ibos (deltas, rivers)….Ive come to the conclusion that some Nigerians have never travelled to up to 5 states in their country if you did .you would know that people from Rivers State Especially have English names and surnames …its just how it is

  • christy March 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Pretty chick s al I can say 4 nw.neva saw her movies

  • mimi March 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    is she a nigerian? i thought she was Ghanaian…anyways all join.

  • Zee March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    That Wana Sambo dress she is wearing is the truth.
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  • mekhi phifa March 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    1.) 1st of all “Why did you decide to come back to Nigeria?
    Because I love acting,” Oooooooh so u don’t even like ds country sef? I no blame u, bcs u no say Nigerians will 4eva embrace ur so called British accent. N while u and I no u can NEVA make it to any UK Tv auditioning jus tank ur mother for u.
    2.) Wats with dt Angelina Jolie’s Oscar poze? Ka aya wa kwa gi n’ Nigeria?
    3.) And evn Nigeria u hav no identity @lst NOT with dt name and same with all u Nigerians with English names Jeosef. Benjamin, Desmond Elliot,etc nonsense…………..Yes am a Hater.

    • annie March 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Let me tell u she attended dat event b4 angelina jolie so she did dat oscar pose a day or 2 b4 angelina jolie at the oscars.I think when u wear a gown with slit dat na d kain pose u suppose give o lol.
      She needs more skills,i dunno she’s just stiff.
      Are we not tired of royal art featuring same actors evrytime i mean we have omotola,mercy j,tonto and lots of dem not this uti,alex pple

    • Amoin March 20, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      haha, my dear, take it easy now. Give her a chance. lol

  • Chinazar March 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Kokoqueen, two interviews sounding so alike is not exactly a nice idea. At a point, I actually thought BN just reproduced the Jara interview. Probably the interviewer’s fault. I’m not in any way dissing Naya; just saying she could have been asked other questions.

  • dee one March 17, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    @luvlyn….she’s igbo from delta state n naya is actually her middle name n not her surname. she has refused to say wat her real surname is….guess its not easy on d tongue.

  • THE AMAKA March 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve never seen a single movie she’s done, I know her more on Bella Naija than anywhere else

  • binta March 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    why all the hating now? Naija its so difficult to please u guys haba if pple abroad refuse to come back home u guys wld complain now the babae decided to return to her fathers land and instead of encouraging her u guys are beefing… it is wa 4 u pple sha….abeg Naya carry on u rock!

  • cooc March 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Guys, cool down now. She is the same person. If asked the same questions, shouldn’t she be consistent with her answers. It is the interviewers job to do some research and try to ask her questions that haven’t been asked before or to build on ones that have.
    She is an up and coming actress (after all most people didn’t know her until this artcile) so to compare her to veterans like Genny, Omotola and co. is unfair. Have you watched some of the earlier movies starring Genny and/or Omotola OR some of the interviews they did back then?
    We complain that the same actors are cast in movie after movie yet we fail to embrace and encourage new ones.
    Don’t forget that most of these actors are self thought (no formal training) so it may take a while for them to get to the status that we would like.

  • Babe March 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    people shld please free this babe, what is there to like about 9ja? she is just being honest and if not for her acting career what will she be doing back home after living all her life outside.
    not seen any of her movies but I just love her honesty.
    who doesnt love Gene? we all do dear

  • saywhat March 17, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    That Kind of name is usually linked to the igbos/ibos (deltas, rivers)….Ive come to the conclusion that some Nigerians have never travelled to up to 5 states in their country if you did .you would know that people from Rivers State Especially have English names and surnames …its just how it is

  • sassycassie March 17, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    pretty girl,mediocre actress. I think she needs to work on her acting skills or better still, focus on her real talent: script writing and fil making. Nice, candid interview, though.

  • christy March 17, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    @mekhi u re damn funny.I tire too,bt fear no alow me critcise.she find naija an easy ground 2 explore

  • ms pretty March 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    am actually watching a movie she starred in now – guilty pleasures – i think she’s cool and she’ll learn from d seniors

  • Person March 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    which one is First Class Upper degree again? :O

    • Tiki March 19, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Did you go to University at all?

      Ooops, wrong question. Are you literate?

  • Bimbo March 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    She cannot act one bit. See her in any of the few movies she has been in and judge for urself. Just cos she slangs a british accent means she can act. She has zero screen presence and cannot act a lick. Tis bout time some one be honest to these basic on screen chicks so they can re evaluate their skills and invest in polishing it. I wait for the day my people will stop praising bad acting and just tell the truth. Immediately the perosn appears on red carpet with all their “bought” beauty appear in a few nollywood movie they get praised they are great in their acting and it gets to their heads. Beverly tak a break for 3 years and find an acting coach, maybe then u can loosen the onscreen stiffness and act better. Good luck.

    • Nollywood REinvented March 20, 2012 at 4:05 am

      #Gbam… Pretty face does not equate Julia Roberts jare.

  • cyndy March 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Kudos girl!just do ur thing.

  • bubabu March 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    haaabaah!!! uti and alex are not even in this interview and you all had to drag his name in??..na so e de do una?..do ya’ll actually have lives at all?..abi na desperate bored house wives una be???

  • Janet March 17, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Beverley isn’t a very good actress, I agree with those that say she needs to improve her acting skills.

  • Bukky March 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    she kissed Sisquo on the lip when she was 15, na wa o!Also, apart from Bella Naija, i dont know anything about her.If not because she attends events ehn…..

  • faith March 18, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Av neva seen any of her movie…but from dis interview,I think she wants τ̅☺ use nollywood τ̅☺ rise so dat she can break into uk or Hollywood …

  • Turn turn turner March 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Yeah she does need to improve…at the moment she acts as if she’s acting. Not natural at all!

  • seun March 18, 2012 at 6:56 am

    BN u just like to put big verbs together. And create an eye catching title for you to get hits and traffic abi? Tell me define “talented” to me and whilst u r at it define “fierce” to me. You seenm to use these two words to describe this one, for those of us who have never seen a movie with her, tell us how she is talented and fierce, don’t tell us what she said, cos any one can drum their own horn, so u BN tell us.. I guess u simply like to. Post on ppl who look all glamed up

  • Jiggy gud March 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Baverly Ifunanya 4rm Ibuza,Delta ibo.which one b Naya again abi na Uk change ur name bcoz u no fit pronouce am..wel shaa bigups 2 u 4 blivin in naija…naijanz shuld start comin bak 2 dia country jare

  • Personal Shopper March 18, 2012 at 8:47 am
  • Anonymous March 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    You guys are just full of it. For crying out loud she is just 23, and she already has these much accomplishment under her belt! Abegi you BN posters shloud go give it a rest! The Babe is good end of story! She is still growing, give her a few more years! Beverly Ride on sister!!!

  • marvel March 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Naya, goodluck to you. I doubt you’d be needing it. I found your interview refreshingly honest, if a tad long but that is down to BN and editing. I wouldn’t take the bitching too seriously. There’s virtually nobody alive BN readers don’t slate. This reel does little to highlight the skills written about.

  • Miss T March 18, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Luves the fierce look on her face in the pictures, reminds me of ANTM…….cmon smize bby hehe.

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  • chi March 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    hi guys
    pls all we need is to encourage her.for one to come down to nig to settle down and do something is not easy so baby am wishing you well .good luck

  • triangle March 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I’m with The Amaka on this. Apart from BN red carpets haven’t seen her anywhere else.
    Until nollywood movies come bak 2 DVD na siddon look I dey. I’ve not gone 2 cinema to watch oyibo movie e come be nollywood. No hating. All d best 2 d chicalla

  • G March 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Beverly Naya will surely go places!!!Dat purple top really looks nice on her. Its a GozelGreen outfit. I bought that same top from GozelGreen showroom. Really nice! U go girl!!!

  • JO March 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    That chick cannot ACT her way out of a paper bag. Needs serious acting lessons

    • soso March 19, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      you are on point.she should try harder lol…sexy indeed..hisss

    • meg March 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Hello read well abeg she did say shes not there yet,what do you do exactly?

  • sassycassie March 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    it’s amazing how nigerians cant take any form constructive criticism. No one is saying she cant be successful in the future (cos anyone can if they’re determined enough). But she’s not a good actress. Omo t and genny were naturals from the onset so let’s not even go there. Instead of calling folks haters how about getting an acting coach or something. God bless

  • patience March 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I love her! Keep up the good work, people will always hate. Especially when they’re envious or not going anywhere. Sad truth really, Nigerians are uneccesarily vicious! Wish you nothing but the best Naya

  • Amber March 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    @finally…mind ur language please.if this girl had stayed in the UK,she wouldn’t have gotten any role in any movie outside.people come back to Nigeria to get attention for themselves and people at home give them and neglecting the ones that are even better at home.naija producers will start giving her roles cos she can kiss well in movies.people will get tired of her soon.not a good actress IMO

  • Nma March 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    @ Marvel: I don’t get it though. Whenever someone isn’t affirmative about something, people start going up in arms calling them haters and slayers. Why? I found some of the criticisms to be constructive. For the most part, they were not slandering. I am indifferent about her acting skills. I think she has a lot of room to grow, but her passion for it, is quite refreshing. However, it irks me when people like u find it hard to accept that not everyone will agree with something! Even at that, the criticisms were more so to help her out, not to slander. She is acting for the people…therefore, she should be open to constructive criticisms from them. Kpom.

    Meanwhile, If her name is really Ifunanya, why in the world did she change it to Naya? What is Naya? What is wrong with Ifunanya? Ifunanya is such a pretty name. Nothing at all beats originality. Nothing.

  • *ajalahtravel* March 19, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Lol @Jo

  • Gidi March 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Acting skill or no acting skill,she will make it big.
    She has a fine face and a banging body, that is all that matters in Nollywood.

  • Mokeira B March 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Who’s the hot guy in the clip? Aiyaya!! He’s smokin’ HOT!!!

  • Lanre March 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Bellanaijarians nawa for una o! Did you even watch d clip before pouncing? #NOCOMMENTS

  • kem March 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

    lmao,. at various comment, u all wont kill me……..anyway fine girl, rich background and supportive parent would always make it faster in the industry, way to go girl, only child, you definitely would have mum approval….and yes we all adore genevieve, blessed among the rest and highly favored by God

  • Gloria S March 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Ok when you say that someone is bad at what they do or that they ‘can’t act out of a paper bag’ you’re wrongfully implying that there is no hope for that person (NOTHING at all is constructive about that) it is hurtful and destructive. After reading the comments I read the interview and noticed that she clearly said she wants to learn as much as possible in order to be the best. I was very surprised to see that, the comments made it look like she never admitted it herself, why go on about something that has already been acknowledged, what is constructive about that? It is negative in my opinion. Now after watching the video in the post I do not at all think she is a ‘bad’ actress, I think she has a lot of potential and once she develops more skill she’d be great. Now I see it like this, not only is this girl stunning but she is ambitious and she has achieved an enviable amount at her age. If she goes to acting school and develops more skill a lot of actresses will not see her back, she’s a definite threat as far as I’m concerned. She’s one of the only upcoming actresses that I’ve been intrigued to know more about

    • Freedom March 20, 2012 at 4:11 am

      Oh she is a THREAT alright, as you state it – THREAT for our poor eyes watching her act, that is. LOL.

      Hello Bella, how is the W/PLans coming on?

    • dlapikin March 21, 2012 at 7:24 am

      It simply means she should try something else.. Modeling or stick to writing. She is very painful to watch. After reading the interview my “how did she get cast?” finally got answered: Mommy paid for it. So yes we ought to say what we who actually watch those flicks think; otherwise, by being given publicity as it is the case now she and alikes will eventually convince themselves they have some merits. Tomorrow you will come here and see JJ Bunny who is only an actress because she can buy herself a career… Come on! These girls would get turned down in any random school play you can sponsor your way into a movie but don’t expect the public to take you seriously… How many student/amateur actors do you know who get to feature as the center piece on Bellanaija.com? So if she is being featured here that means the editors of this website actually believe she has some sort of relevance in her art… I watch at least 2 Nollywood movies in a month and if I had to name 5 people that entered that industry in the last 5 years who actually got some skills she will not be on the list.

      • God is love March 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        @dlapikin clearly u r lost in translation, or u didn’t read the interview properly as ur post didn’t make much sense 2 me sha. Then again u commented @ the top also, u even gbagauned so u didn’t make much sense there either lol. At least she has a loving mother that supports her n more 2 the point Bella Naija who found her relevant enough 2 give her a centre piece. What can be said bout u??? For the fact that u went out of ur way 2 sit down @ the BUSINESS CENTRE 2 construct such a long post indicates that u r passionate bout something/someone that is obviously not ur husband n kids lol. Or is this all bitterness? Let’s just all calm down, hold hands n unite in positivity :D! Anger, frustration, complex and negativity gets us all nowhere as I’m sure none of ur comments r altering God’s plans for this young lady’s future. All the best Beverly Naya n remain blessed, I can see u have a lot of FANS. Its the only way 2 explain the way they’ve spent their time. I surely know that if I didn’t like some1 I would never take the time out 2 read any of their interviews not 2 talk of commenting n leaving essays. Ok o

  • Mena Oudha March 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I wish her well though I haven’t seen any of her movies yet.

  • oyin March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    my fellow BN readers wont kill me, see all of you guys fighting and commenting real hard, bella posted something on future awards symposium ooo, you guys turned blind eye, that post has only one comment. on a lighter note someone should please tell me the name of the movie she kissed desmond elliot abeg.

    • Nollywood REinvented March 20, 2012 at 4:02 am

      Lol… Home in Exile

  • Mudi March 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Her acting in Home in Exile was horrible. Utterly Horrible. I had to forward many of her scenes cos it was painful to watch.

  • soso March 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    she can not act shiiit!

  • NNENNE March 20, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Go Bev! The sky is your stepping point.

  • Beebee March 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    lol…all of una sha!!! THE AMAKA..its bin a while, wey u go?!

  • dlapikin March 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

    @God is love, I did not write all the comments here and if you have to take out those who don’t know who she is, the majority of those who actually do concur that this girl is a bad actress. Now How did she get on bellanaija.com that is for the editor to discuss; as someone who watches those nollywood flicks, I am entitled to my opinion. Her mother can love her way to an oscar, I don’t have to and it would not change my opinion unless she improves. If I had to sum up my post I’d say let people pay their dues before you roll out the red carpet for them. I’m not an actress so I have no reason to be envious. I just get tired to see mediocre people being pushed by the media. She is not the only one and I’ll definitely put my two cents everytime one of these gimmicks will be featured on any site I happen to visit. Stella damasus wrote a very pertinent piece about red carpet actresses you may want to read before seing bitterness everywhere. The reason why the top actresses of 10 years ago are still the top actresses of today is because people like Beverly naya, biola idje, rukky sanda etc.. are treated like they actually have some relevance. I don’t see Mary Remy on Bellanaija… She is about the same age with much more talent and many more movies to her belt, talent is like oil over water it needs no PR when its there, it speaks for self.
    By the way I took the time to come back here and respond to Gloria and you because I suspect you must be part of bellanaija to be able to see the “act out of a paperbag” comment that is yet to be approved.

  • Naveah March 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Okay so I finally saw the video – and my verdict is this: Beverly needs to register for acting classes. The craft of acting requires more than a shapely figure, a pretty face and an accent. It is a skill that is innate, you either have it or you don’t…she has something there that I think a good acting coach can hone into a full fledge skill set. If she is really into this vocation based on love and passion then she will take it seriously and take some acting classes to help her improve. The very first sign of bad acting is when the actor is trying to emote when they are simply not connected to the circumstances in the script and when an actor is not connected to their given circumstance, the audience will never connect with them. Beverly was certainly NOT connected to her man’s betrayal and subsequent prison lock up, she was trying to squeeze the tears, get up and when it didn’t work, she resorted to shouting. I couldn’t connect with her shock, pain and frustration because there was none on display. I am a lay person but I love film, TV and Theater and so it is just my unprofessional observation.

  • bubabu March 29, 2012 at 12:23 am

    una too hate for Nigeria! God Forbid! thats why Nigeria is filled with frustrated single women or unhappy married ones! smh

  • Hi December 30, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I attended her movie “home” premiere in London @ the Odeon cinema Greenwich – if i’m right. She’s pretty. ;-)

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