BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: “I’m Just Being Real” Hot & Sexy Nollywood Actress, Halima Abubakar reveals ALL exclusively to BN

Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar is one of Nigeria’s finest acting talents. Having spent over a decade in the industry, she has grown a large fan base over the years and has received national and international recognition for her work.

Halima is a graduate of Sociology from Bayero University, Kano and has a number of awards to her credit. She recently received the Best Actress Award at City People Entertainment Awards, Best Actress Award at EMINENT Achievers Award powered by News Of The People and Best Actress Award at Leadership. She also received the Icon Award from the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Best Supporting Actress from Afro Hollywood Awards and African Movie Icon from CEPAN Africa.

In this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo, the Kogi State Youth Ambassador speaks about her journey so far in Nollywood and surmounting several challenges that have come her way.

Halima Abubakar is blunt, and she has no excuses for that. In her beautiful, cosy house where we had a chat, she struck me as a very determined person, a hard worker and someone who is very comfortable with herself, regardless of what anyone thinks. For someone who has spent so long in the industry, it was interesting listening to her story. We started our chat right from the very beginning.

The Early Years
Take me back to the start of your acting career. How did you make your debut into the movie industry over a decade ago?
I got into the industry through a colleague of mine. I saw him in Kano and told him I wanted to act so he gave me an address which was Tobe Restaurant and ECOWAS Hotel in Surulere. When I came visiting in 1999, I went searching for the address. I went for a few auditions but I didn’t get any role and I went back to Kano but from then, I started becoming frequent in Lagos, visiting my aunt and using that as an excuse to come to Lagos for auditions.

How old were you at that time?
I was 16.

When did you finally get your first movie role and what was movie was that?
My first movie was The Rejected but it’s not out till date. Then I did another one, Sabotage. I can’t remember the names of most of my early movies except a few like But Why, Sabotage and Gangster Paradise which I did around 2000.

Tell me, how has the journey been so far?
It’s been rough but we thank God, at least I’m still here to tell the story. I’m very grateful for all the decisions I’ve taken, the struggles, the pain, the rejection but I’m glad I went through all that because I appreciate it more.

What lessons have you learnt over the years?
That things are not as easy as people make you believe and to be good to people. Consistency, prayer and being focused. Focus is the main thing.

Breaking New Grounds
You’ve been in the industry for so long. Have you diversified into other roles aside from acting, like directing or producing?
I made my debut as an Executive Producer in a recent movie, Mistresses which starred myself and Ghanain actress, Yvonne Nelson.

That should be interesting. Tell me more about the movie.
It’s about everything that has to do with relationships be it as a boyfriend, as a husband, wife or whatever. It’s about deceit, betrayal and people would learn one or two things from it.

When would the movie be released?
I’m going to see the finishing job today and see if there is anything to correct and then we’d see where it goes from there. I’m not in a hurry but I’m sure it won’t take time.

How many movies have you featured in so far in your career?
I’ve done over a hundred movies.

Wow, a hundred. I read a biography of yours somewhere that you’ve done over 40 movies.
Maybe it’s an old one. Between last year and this year I’ve shot over 50 movies.

Seems like you’ve been very busy lately. Have they all been released?
They are not all released but this year, I’ve had 10 movies already out.

Don’t you think 50 movies in one year is quite a lot and could probably adversely affect the quality of the movies?
The movies are not saturated which is a great thing. I’m not in every poster, I’m not in every movie. I actually had to caution myself not to do too much. I need the money but there are limits of jobs that I can do. Moreover my health is more important to me. So if I feel that I can’t do three movies at a stretch, I do two and I rest, then another one. At a time I was doing up to four movies at the same time but I just had to stop. There are other people that want to act too and I can’t be in every movie.

What has been the most memorable movie you’ve featured in so far?
I can’t choose because they all define me at the end of the day. Choosing one particular one won’t be fair to the other producers.

Dealing with Criticisms & Misconceptions
You released some promo pictures to the media recently which came under some criticism especially on online social media. How have you been able to deal with the backlash?
I think most of them who do that are sad people, that is why they can afford to put their hands on the computer and be criticizing people. If I’m comfortable with my body, I don’t know why others should have a problem with it. For them to sit down and criticize when people are doing stuff shows the mindset of those people criticizing because they are not better than those people doing it. It’s just a picture, it’s not food, it’s not clothes, so they should take it easy with themselves. It was just for my website. If I’m OK with the pictures, you don’t have to like it. You can pass a post when you see Halima Abubakar on it. But it won’t stop me being real. I didn’t have to retouch those pictures, I didn’t have to do a glamour shoot because no matter how beautiful the pictures are, they will still slam it. They should try and encourage people because others do. Why should people on the internet not?

You mentioned that the pictures were for your website and a charity initiative. How far have you gone with those projects?
My website is up and running. I’ve been doing the charity work for a while. In the past one month or so, we’ve done a lot of charity work.

What is the name of the Charity and what is the focus area?
Halima Abubakar Foundation for the Poor. Actually it focuses on people that don’t have food. My concern is that a lot of people are hungry so aside from giving them money, we can buy a bag of rice and share it to them. Food and water generally is my interest because I was hungry once so I know a lot of people are hungry too.

Tell me something about you that a lot of people don’t know. Correct some misconceptions or rumours about you that have been widely spread.
I love to sleep. I don’t go to clubs and I don’t smoke. I heard I smoke and my brand was some brand. I used to drink and I stopped drinking over a year now because I realized that I had reactions which couldn’t make me sleep so my doctor had to stop me. And again, I’m not a lesbian. People keep tagging me with that and I wonder why. Whoever I slept with should please come out and let’s just get it over with. And trust me, if I am, I am one of those people that would come out and say “hey, I am a lesbian”. But I’m not so they should stop giving me names that God did not give me.

Growth & Awards
I understand you would be clocking another year very soon. How old will you be?
Yes, June 12. I’m getting old. I’m going to be 29.

How are you going to celebrate the day?
I will just sleep. I’ve been doing a lot of celebration and that takes a lot of money. I can’t be spending money for every celebration. I’ll just thank God and sleep at home.

It’s been a season of awards for you recently. I’ve seen you receive a couple of awards over the past one year.
I’ve won 9 awards in the last 8 months.

That’s impressive. How do you feel about the awards?
It’s humbling, amazing, and unbelievable but I’m grateful to God because he made all that possible. Without him I don’t know where I would be. It’s a great thing when you receive acknowledgement for what you’re doing, it shows you’re doing something well. I’m grateful for those people who keep encouraging me no matter what I’ve gone through. It’s not about how long you’ve been in the industry, when you’re doing good jobs, people watch it.

Growing Up, Education & More
Now, please tell me more about you. Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Kano. I grew up in Lagos, Katsina and Kano.

Tell me about your fond early memories.
I was very stubborn while I was young so I kept changing schools. Sometimes I would tell my dad, “Oh I saw a ghost yesterday”, or “I saw somebody with half leg walking”. I cooked up a lot of lies so I could leave where I am to come to Lagos. Eventually I got admitted into Ojo High School in Lagos and that was the period when my love for acting started. I stayed in Lagos with my aunt but after a while I left because it was becoming discouraging and disappointing putting in so much hard work and not getting roles. As a young girl, I didn’t want to be taken advantage of so I had to go back to Kano again after my Junior Secondary School to complete my Senior Secondary Education at Army Day Secondary School, Kano.

Looking back now, would you say you were a rebellious child?
My dad did not allow us come to Lagos except during my holidays but I rebelled and came to Lagos but after all the suffering I had to pack my bags back to Kano. I remember when I got back it was during fasting period and my Mum was just sitting down looking at me, wondering what sort of child is this. But when I sit down to think about it, I can’t even believe that I pulled such stunts. I thank God they are in support of me now, there is no need to do hide and seek.

You studied Sociology at the University. If you were so passionate about acting, why didn’t you study a course related to acting?
I was already acting while in Secondary School so I didn’t feel like I needed to read Theater Arts. I wanted to do something different.

Were you still acting while in the University and what year did you graduate?
Yes I was but I wasn’t too active. I graduated in 2005 but I came back to Nollywood in 2008.

Your alma mata, Bayero University and the city of Kano where you grew up has come under attack by the Boko Haram sect in recent times with many losing their lives and property. How do you feel about these attacks and how has it affected you?
They have business with the Government not the individuals so I think they lost focus of what they were doing. My business and family were affected and I’m still pained about it. We are just going to pray to God to keep guiding and protecting everyone. I do not support any crisis from any angle at all.

Are your parents and siblings still in Kano?
My dad has been in Lokoja for the past one year with my Mum although she visits Kano often. Leaving Kano would not be easy, she grew up there but for now they are in Lokoja with all my siblings.

Fashion, Love & New Projects
What is your most expensive fashion item?
My wristwatches. I love wristwatches. And rings, I love rings. It’s amazing when you hear the amount some of these rings cost. I love accessories a lot.

What informs your choice of outfit when you are getting prepared to step out for an occasion?
I like being different. I want people to look at me and say “yes, she has a style”, even if it’s weird. I don’t have to come out wearing a mini skirt like every other person. I can’t come out wearing something that won’t allow me breathe well in order for people to look at me and say “oh, she’s a fashion icon”. I’d wear 16 colours if I choose to as long as I’m happy about it. I love colours. Look around, there are always colours. See, I painted my house purple. I was almost going to paint the gate red but then people stopped me.

Speaking about your house, I read somewhere that you spent $200,000 to build this house. Is that true?
People can do promo! Thank you so much for that wish. With $200,000, I can build five houses in my village. Don’t mind them, it’s just a renovated house.

Let’s talk about your love life. Several versions of your relationship have been published in the media over the years. Do tell me the real situation of things in your relationship.
There’s nothing to talk about. People are always in a hurry to say people were dumped. I don’t know where they get their stories from. I’m not one of those people that go in and out of relationships. I maintain friendship and that is the important thing. People just keep going to press to say things that were not verified. It’s a private thing. I’m in a relationship and I’m happy.

Would you say being a celebrity affects your relationship in any way?
You can be a low key celebrity, you don’t have to be everywhere. I’m a low key celebrity. The time I have for myself, I have to sleep. I don’t come out brandishing the things that I do. I’m not in your face kind of actress.

What qualities would you say makes a relationship work?
Honesty and loyalty makes a beautiful relationship. If you are honest, it helps in everything, not just a relationship. If you are loyal, you would see the reward of being loyal to someone. Everyone should be careful and live by what they preach. If you preach love, show love. If you preach honesty, be honest.

What’s next for Halima? What new projects are you working on?
I’m doing a short drama about bullying because it’s a sensitive subject to me. I’ve been bullied a lot, in Nollywood by friends and in school and I survived it. I need to help other people know that bullying is a dangerous act. It gave me depression and for a long time I was on medication. My wonderful internet bullies are part of my story and I just want to say they should be ashamed of themselves.  When you see a young girl growing up and you give her so much hate, it’s not a happy place that she would be. To think that another person could be responsible for that is shameless. I’m going to be focusing my attention on students in schools.

Is it more than just a movie?
Yes. I’ve started doing a campaign. I’ve started going to schools to lecture them about bullying.

Halima would be giving some of her time to respond to questions and comments from readers. So if you want to pass any message across to her or ask her a question, drop it in the comment box and she will respond to your question.

Halima Abubakar in ‘Mistresses’

Halima Abubakar in ‘Good Girls Gone Bad’

139 Comments on BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: “I’m Just Being Real” Hot & Sexy Nollywood Actress, Halima Abubakar reveals ALL exclusively to BN
  • Olala June 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    first !

  • sweetie June 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

    i haven’t really seen any of her movies , and don’t really know her but after reading this, I LOVE HER!! you go girl

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Oh really?it happens dear,tank u much

  • Mimi June 9, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Nice! wish u best of luck Halima.

  • Anonymous June 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I think you are real don’t allow what people say affect you I am not a celebrity but I have been there before,now I have developed a thick skin just do ur thing and hold ur head up high the sky is your limit.

  • Partyrider June 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Lol @ people can do promo..
    I’m not a fan but I enjoyed the interview.she seems straight forward. Wish you success in all your endevours.
    Plus I think your acting needs fine tuning,most times over acting kills everything.
    Oh we have one thing in common :SLEEP 😀

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Lol all d millions dey say I v or build houses r prayers I receive frm dos who say dat….tank u dear

  • babe June 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    U v come a long way, wish u all d best gal

  • Woww June 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Halima I like you…I am a fan but one thing I have to say is that in this life dont and never expect anything to always be good…..i get that soem of the internet comments can be hateful..but some people generally and trully critique what they do not like and faults they say…all i want to say is that instead of always seeing or thinking the negative side of things ..always try and see the positive sides… might not know ….taking one or two things from the hateful comments could really help an dbe a form of advice/ space for improvement…..Again I am your fan and wish you the best…….just wanted to say that life is not glossy, opinions and taste are different and people will always and definitely critize…

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Wen I say comments I meant tins like am short or dwaf or razz r not a gud tin to say cos I didn’t create my self ..I do appriciate d advice cos am not perfect

  • funmi June 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Not looking bad. Wish u d best.

  • gbemi June 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    U sure a pleasant actress,am ur number one fan ,its gud to be real…u rock

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Awww das swit to knw gbemi..thanks a bunch

  • kemi June 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love d fact dat u love charity,nice but do u have an hair stylist? Pls work on that but very other things is very fine

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Haaaa d suffer to eat no be moi moi o kemi,,,I dont wish ppl dat yes I v gud hairs now lol I dash sef hehehe

      • Anya June 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

        you dash??? abeg where i fit come get my own?? hehehhe 🙂 btw, good acting, and good attitude. keep it up..

  • milicent June 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Its alwaz good to read about people,I never liked you but I tink I have a diff perspection about you now,good job @BN

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Millydear kind osheerrrrrr

  • Amina Omeiza June 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I have followed ur career closely right from the time of taking minor roles and now to major roles, would you say that where you’re coming from (ethnical backgroud) or location (Northern Nigeria) has in any way slow your progress to stardom or contributed positively to your career growth? When compared to your coleagues in Lagos

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Well beta part of my life was in sch,as such was limited to wen am on holiday… wen I was just startn it affected me n was jobless …afta sch I basically had to start all ova,it was hard very hard….buh am grateful ova all

  • vangrace June 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    i respect you cos you are very determined to succed and you have truly pursued your are heading for the top. My only snag wt you is over revealing of ur body. You dont ve to bare it all but its your style and i respect it. Also finished fro army day in the 80s. We ve an almuni group and there is this plan to give back to the school,i hope you ll be a part of this project. Well done girj

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      My dressing is revealing just in movies dear,I dont take dem home dad wil not even allow it,I personally choose 2 cover my sef most tym…sure anytin 4 my sch thxx much

  • Tokunbo June 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    All I have to say is, IT IS NOT BY FORCE TO CROSS LEG! If the thigs are too thick to fit, then sit without crossing. Hanging one leg mid air doesn’t look nice.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Ok noted tokunbo thxx

    • Jero June 10, 2012 at 4:49 am

      honestly, how do you people think?She should not cross her legs because she her thighs her thick?May God help you.That is all i can say!

      • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

        Lol tank u dear,am size 10 or 12,lmao nice 1 thxx…I saw dat buh was just laughn

  • Myne Whitman June 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Never knew much about her before this interview. Keep you head up and don’t let the bullies win. All the best.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Ppl like u is wat we need..tank u mam

  • kemmy June 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Halima kip up d gud work! U definately can’t please everyone. I saw ur promo shots dy were wonderful. May d Gud God continue 2 strenghten ur cause.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      God bless u sugar,am humbled

  • NINA June 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm


    • Gimmer June 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      @ninayou can’t do any better. Please sit down n shut d f*** up!!!

      • Leila June 9, 2012 at 10:10 pm


    • annie June 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      LMAO!!! i haff die o hahahahhahaahh

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      Nina we will need
      U 2 kum act,dat will b awesome n am sure u v a lot of presence lol tank u dear

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Biko kum act dear,am sure u v d presences

    • juliet igboekwe June 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

      if she cant act hw cm she had worn awards which am sure in a million yr u cant even be nominated nt to talk of winning one. ishhhhh @ halima na critics like this u shld blast. rubbiah

  • funmi June 9, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Nice interview,are u a christain or muslim cos I don’t hesr you talk about your religion

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Oh lol I was born a Muslim,wit out lyin am not wit all d confusion I speak 2 God in d mornin n nyt

  • faith June 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm


  • Gimmer June 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Gorjuss kogi girl. Halima do you speak igala?

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      I speak ebira language ,buh I knw ayele? Ukoro ha?lol

  • Kehinde Ajose June 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Well i have never really been a huge fan of halima.But these days i am beginning to see her everywhere(newspaper n magazines interviews)which is good for her public perception.Go girl, keep living your dreams and never allow people’s opinion of you become your reality.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Your kind words will go far tank so much

  • i no send June 9, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    i like her…she has a big heart

  • shola June 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    common nina!!!!…ve some of her movies…..shes a great actress…..i reali liked her in white hunters….especially d way she was always laughing at her frds!!!!!…u ll be great jare….dnt mind d haters!!!

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Awww tank u sugar,dat was my big come bak role..I wanted to do it differently Dan ma village roles..u so kind thank alt

  • LPS June 9, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    well done on all ur achievements.

  • anidiv777 June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I can remember the first time i saw you in a movie, i thot it was one of my girlfriend linda…lol. I love ur personality and i love ur movies altho id agree u need to improve ur acting skills but u r not doing a bad job. I am ur fan ooooo….pls iroko tv, make her one of ur ambassadors, if u guys can make tonto with her wacky acting skills one…den Halima deserves to be cos in my own opinion, she acts way better than tonto

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      Am humbled dear,but I do tink we all can work on our flaws n be beta..I lov tonto roles lol,she kind 2 thxxx muchos

  • Jennyberry June 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Dem haterz can hate all they want, buh all i knw is that everyone was created for d top. So kip it up hun… ‘u rock’

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Berry baby u rock swity thx

  • temi June 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    i’ve seen her in a couple of roles, and she isn’t a bad actress. however, i didn’t agree with the comment about people leaving negative comments. u cant expect everyone to give you positive comments, all in the name of “support”. i mean, lets be honest. the pple who kiss ur ass aren’t the ones that will help you succeed. you just need to understand the difference between an insult (or a hater) and constructive criticism. you want people who will be honest with you, even if it comes off harsh. pple, PLEASE i beg of u, stop kissing ass, and insult others that dont agree with you all in the name of “support” . at the end of the day, if an actor/artist is doing something detrimental to their career, and ur too busy “supporting”, ur gonna be part of the bunch that didn’t allow that actor to reach his/her full potential. on that note, halima, ur good. u can overact sometimes, but ur better than some. love your charity! bullying is an issue that should be taken more seriously.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm

      U rite bullyn ppl into a box will gv a child panic attack,depression,mental issues..alot won’t talk but I was a victim,das why it’s a big topic to fucos on….tank u so much,u kind

  • temi June 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    *insulting* lol smh @ myself.

  • christy June 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    It really wrong wen pple talk insult one’s physical body,I actually don’t, except on weight issues,because to a greater extent,we seem not to bother much abt seem nice,bt haven’t watch ur movies,may be because I don’t watch nig movies any more,it seem totally waste of time and space,it more or less like a drama to me,except watching the likes of pete Edochie,Genevive,Ramsy Noah,Sam loco,Nkem uwoh way back then,bt nollywood of nowadays seem so predicatable and lack story line.I prefer watching our own celebrity on red carpet than n movies.The first Pix took my breath away,am gonna save it,my kind of hair style.

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      I added weight cos am on medication,wil drop dem off as soon as am asked to by oga dokita…I do appreciate ur words thxxx mami

  • auntie June 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    She seems to be frank, and frankly, I wish she would hone her acting skills a little more and ease on “over-doing” somethings (dressing, hair, poses). Sometimes simple stands out.
    altogether, i wish her the very best.
    and yes, she is def better than tonto … hehe

    ps: i wish all nigerian actors would stick to their nigerian accents and let their movies flow a lot better #just a thought

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Lol auntie u knw wen u coming up sumtyms d ova doin is just to impress ,buh I have improve in recent times…4 hairs I love big hair do, didn’t v money 4 d type ppl want till recently..I do appreciate auntie

  • Mimi June 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Am ur num1 fan at least u ain’t fake

    • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Mimi we re name sake o..well I gav ma sef Mimi hehehe..u rock

  • Zee June 9, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Interesting interview. you go girl!

  • malysia June 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    There is something about her that make her likable and this interview show how real she seems to be. I sincerely think that she is not giving justice to her beauty or figure by wearing extravagant make-ups, wigs and clothes. Can’t she see how pretty she is and leave the fakes for other, just keep natural. If she can’t do without extensions, then she should go for close to natural and she will rock. I appreciate her and she should not mind the haters, God will continue to bless you.

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Oh tank u dear,,.wanted ppl to focus on ma interpretation rada than my dressing…..I want to b different in all I do….I can drop d lip stick buh will still be unpredictable in my out look lol…’s borin wen we don’t take risk In life…..

  • haba! June 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    white hunters was the worst movie in the world! haba! but i dont like to discredit people! she shud try to act some more and plz only act good movies! not rubbish like white hunters

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

      Lmao u r alone in dis cos most ppl love d movie….u v notin to say sugar

  • @_Iyore June 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Halima is a good actress ! I love her movies

  • luvlyn June 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Well well well Halima darling…-m sure I wasn’t d only one dat noticed d fact dat u were replying ppl’s comments cos dey wrnt harsh but den came d person saying u r a bad actress and everyone on TV isn’t a celeb and u immediately stopped replying! Such is an example of Criticism u shud b able 2 learn from and not ignore. Anyway my own is dat as an actress u r JUST DER! Noffn special. I think all those awards mentioned above were UNDESERVING! I beliv der r more qualified actress 4 dem awards. I’m not being harsh but dats my opinio. And den der is d STYLE!! Baby u have no styl, u need a good stylist ASAP! U always look razz on d red carpet and quite embarraSsing in ur choice of outfit. For example dat “xmas” red-green mess u have on and dat hideous yellow cheap-looking dress wif d dirty sleeve thing!! Wat da hell is dat! PlsSs step up ur game. If u can afford a house den a stylist is noffn. I’m done

    • Misskhadiva June 10, 2012 at 4:52 am

      I am sure you read the part that says she didn’t and doesn’t have money to splurge on luxury. she just started making money. I do respect your opinion but your criticism is not constructive…You are just sprinkling bile. Not everyone can be Porsche dear.

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

      I can’t stop replying cos of ppl like u dear. I’m too hapi 4 such mind set…u fall into d category of bullies n u can’t get me…u can starve to look gud n I won’t…I get its a free world to talk, wat u sayn means notin to me….I had to sleep dats why I stopd replyn, I v d awards now want to sleep…lol am sure u r an actress too…u can’t feel dis hate for not in….spend all ur moni on cloths,big girl big girl

    • laide June 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      swithrt..dis ur own opinion is not criticism, its more like hating!.. i dont like everything about halima…but pls take some chill pill…seems like you bitter about life generally.

    • anidiv June 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      missy,ders somthn called constructuve critcism…u cant just come on here and blatantly insult someone and call dat criticism….i dont like som of the dresses she wears for public functions but u dont see me calling dem dirty and watever it is u referred to dem dresses as…there are nicer ways of saying such things… the award givers felt she deserved it so…go hug transformer or better still start ur own organisation nd give dem to dose u feel r more deserving!!! Halima u rock…rome wasnt built in day, u will get der, keep persevering <3

  • Sue June 9, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Hali baby, i’m in the uk & i just watched u in miss queen and i must confess like fine wine u are gettn better, i was so proud of u as i watched it, i was like so she can be ds good, anyways, it can only get better, i dint exactly fancy ur photoshoot on d internet idea, it seemed like u were tryn to sell urself, u r too much for that, ur dignity is more, just imagine some actresses who wouldnt need to do that but their hardwork would announce them, then in ur dressn try to be a role model to d young peeps that we can be proud of, anyways proud of u anyday, u can mail me
    as for u critics wen gene or omo t started they werent perfect, they grew wt time, abeg cut my babe some slack

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:47 am

      Tank u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhh oh,may u be happy 4 evaaa kiss kiss

  • Halima abubakar June 9, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Nina totbu acted bf?maybe am wrong buh will improve den…tank u dearie

  • udy June 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    ur really doing a gud job,,,,,, wld advice u dnt care about what people say cos it wld break u down,,,,, in less than a year u have gotten up to 8 awards that should keep u going u should be proud of yourselve for that…. am surprised at some of the comments here….. i have not watched much of ur movie but d few i v watched u delivered d script well….. my opinion though

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Oh u too kind,it’s gud to encourage n u rock Biko thxxxxx

  • Angeline June 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

    i have al ways loved you,but I love you even more after I saw the movie ms Queen…
    you really acted that role along with muna…
    kudos and blessings to you in your future projects.

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:44 am

      I love d movie too my lov..oda gud ones u shall lov too tank u

  • Gimmer June 10, 2012 at 2:15 am

    @ Leila June 9, 2012 at 10:10 PM
    My dear ure just as daft as the stupid statement you made! Am very much entitled to expressing myself however I choose! N yes swear words included. So while we’re at it I suggest u too shut the fuck up n get a life,rather than spending what’s left of ur very miserable life “empowering”losers like urself  who think its ok, to abuse people like halima who dared to follow their dreams. 

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Swity no work ur sef,no one is holdin Leila not to act…..ppl like her r d 1st to say hi wen we meet…tank u for stand up gimmer

  • L.A Chick June 10, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Your performance in “Miss Queen” was outstanding! You are a great actress. Keep up the good work girl.

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Tank u so much la chikito hugs

  • Turayo June 10, 2012 at 4:20 am

    For one, Halima please stop replying the comments, even if they are good or bad. Just stop, please. you have a twitter page and a website, if the fans are so impressed they will go there or here.

    Second, I love your acting and you as a person. This interview is so frank and I love that. You are one of my actors to watch and I will endeavor to watch more of your works. I keep hoping to see you with Nse or Bimbo Akintola (but a wish is a wish).

    I saw you in “White hunters” and you stood out. I love your acting and your interpretation of roles. Now there will be haters and there will be constructive criticism, you just gotta know how to separate the two. Also be more choosy of the roles you play. Ex: Oge Okoye is a great actor but she is not selective in the roles she plays so she may have a bad rep. Please be more selective and try more daring characters.

    • Halima abubakar June 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Ooh ok lov,d Bella crew askd me to reply questions cos dats how dey do it sat days…I really am humbled by u,may ur smile Neva deminish tank u bigggggggggggg

  • luvlyn June 10, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Ps.. Halima dis isn’t twitter u SHUDNT be replying des comments. Read ur guideline on being a celeb. So lame!!

    • Mssexy June 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

      I dont see anything wron n this lady replying her fans, wt what she has done, if u dont know, she has won many hearts to herself, d prob wt us n Nig is we r always so arrogant and fullof our shoulders when we make small dough or get little fame, there s nothing n dat guideline on being a celeb as ts full of crap and ts meant for vain people, d type genny is doing now and u all r killing her wt all sorts of words, Halima darl, keep ur head high and keep being urself, r up and may u ever run down – chikena

    • MissKhadiva June 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      she is simply humble dear not a snob like most celeb. I think she’s doing the right thing. people need to get off their lame high horses.

  • ONI baby. June 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Ohhhhhh my no one fan,u mean you are speak Ebira? that’s lovely.never no you are my sister.lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve plenty lol!!!

  • iamfascinating June 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I like. This interview revealed a honest hardworking lady. I wish you the best.

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  • Anonymous June 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Halima you are a good actress.I understand you come from a good family background.To achieve that sophisticated and classy look you don’t need big hair. The first picture is my favourite.Really nice. I have watched your movies you are a really good actress though there is room for improvement.

  • onyx June 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    @ luvlyn. first of all i’m a guy and i’ve never understood y women always like to lash out @ themselves just so they could feel good. give the girl a break. she’s earning a living for herself and trust me it’s not easy always been in the public eye and if u had the confidence, there’s nothing stopping u from been on tv to showcase your ‘talent’ or how ‘good looking’ u are or how ‘well dressed’ u are. i don’t know the actress from adam, never met her but pls next time b4 u slate and tear into someone all in the name of having an opinion(true or not), always reflect on how you’ll feel if u read or heard such comments from someone else abt yourself. life’s too short for such bile and hatred. remember we’re here today and gone the next. peace

  • TobechiD June 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What is it with people? Halima Abubakar, gave a good interview and some of you chased her away, telling her not to reply to each and every comment.

    Well Halima, you have to learn, that whatever you do, people will ALWAYS talk. Be gracious always, but do what is in your heart to do. People will respect you more when you’re confident in what you do. Don’t follow other people’s dictates. Good interview.
    I am passionate about fitness & exercise, I might have a thing or two to inspire you. No you go be yourself, girl.

  • Charity Lounge Lagos June 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Guys, if u look at the picture of Halima with the Pacelli School of the Blind on Children Day…Halima made a large contribution to the sucess of that event and she loves charity a lot …Nominate hALIMA ABUBAKAR FOR BEST ACTOR AT THE FUTURE AWARDS

  • gbeborun June 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    You go girl, i totally support your anti bullying campaign, having an opinion is different from slagging off someone you don’t know no matter what you may have read in the papers. Halima seems totally real and down to earth not pretentious. Keep your head up coz haters got nothing on u

  • Chi June 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Love how real you are. Keep yoru head up, you are one of the few acts in Nigeria that keeps improving yourself, not just acting for the fun of it. Good job!

  • Halima abubakar June 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Tank u all my beloveds,u all rock…I am glad I did dis,my love to u and ur families.. God bless u all..hbd to me

  • kem June 11, 2012 at 9:53 am

    @Halima…you really have time to reply haters sha, but seriously no one is perfect hehehehehe, keep hating haters while she is walking away with her awards and money, lmao, the only competition you have with yourself is to be better each passing day and i know you will get there, keep it up and more grace, and to let you know for some reason i love the name “Halima”

  • juliet igboekwe June 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    i love Halima men na be ur greatest fan. i wish i cld hang out with you sometime. pls work on ur weight cos u are really pweety and also hv the tendecies to blow up. wishing you greater stuffs in life.

  • juliet igboekwe June 11, 2012 at 10:39 am

    i dey even follow u for twitter and u no dey follow bk. @sisquojay

  • didi June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    woohoo i love this babe. she’s always on point. looks down to earth too. : ) wish you God’s bleassings and may you continually grow from strength to strength.

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  • chichi June 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Halima please write good English so we can all understand your responses. I loved you in White Hunters, because of you Ive watched that movie more than 10 times.

  • mariama haja fofanah June 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Halima i loved because me too 12 june is my birthbay may god guide and protect us may we have want we want

  • maame June 11, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    am from Ghana n i enjoy watching your movies. i think you rock n very pretty.dont let anyone put you down.u r a rising star!

  • olubukola June 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Well after watching the ‘Mistresses’ trailer i feel the comment was really uncalled for! Her expression, interpretation ( minus the bit where she was holding the gun and wanted to slap a guy) and movement was very OK .
    Even if she did not make the cut in other movies you might have seen, your comment seems to stem from jealousy and negative criticism.
    @Halima, keep up the good work and endeavor to review all the comments (especially the bad ones). Trust me, you learn a lot from criticism 🙂 . Also watch your tone of correspondence with people, even if them yab you do not reply in a sarcastic manner, a simple ‘Noted with thanks’ will do.

  • primrose June 11, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    halima i just feel in love with ur simplicity n frankness, u are d first actor i have seen interacting with ur fans with out insulting them i don’t watch naija movies that much but from today any movies i see u or ur name i go watch am big time,u just got urself a hugh fan,hope other actors will take not,u go girlllllllllllllllllll

  • gloria June 11, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Halima people will always talk, you are doing a very great job. i am a great fan liked you in White hunters alot….*smiles* . please just be focused. go on girlllll

  • cathy June 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    i respect and love you babe. rock on

  • queenEsther June 11, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I’m not suprised Halima is replying her fans, she does d same on Twitter too n dat give us make her fans feel good, all I can say is I’ve watchd ur career up till now n I think u r getting better
    For her to get all this awards means she truly deserve it, I’m not sure she can cheat her way thru 8 awards, not possible. Go gurl, Wish u d best in your career

  • Jasmine June 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Love you Halima, you rock big time…much love and keep doing your thing.

    @Tokumbo & Luvlyn, words are not enough to describe how low you both are, for the silly and insulting comments you left here, but just for decency, i will not give you guys the exact words you deserve, but pls grow up girls and stop hating

  • Halima abubakar June 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I wanted to do dis,so put sum issue out,I love Bella naija,wen I was called upon,I didn’t tink twice ….I read uti s chats here n I was amaze dat he was replyn n havin fun…was asked to reply,I had option of sayn no…I love my fans,gud or bad we are 1…..humility is d watch word I feel sharing dis wit u all…….I lov u all,v a great week ahead n it’s my bday yipppy

    • faith August 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Halima I lov ur interview u re an amazing and tue person and what I admire most is ur endurance and courage hardwork and consistency alwys pays off yhu inspire me

    • faith August 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Halima I lov ur interview u re an amazing and true person and what I admire most abt u Is ur endurance and courage. hardwork and consistency alwys pays off yhu inspire me

  • kem June 12, 2012 at 11:50 am

    well said and happy birthday to you Halima, greater achievement to come, keep shinning and keeping doing what you love, May God bless you much, Amen

  • eye June 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I have always loved her acting. To me she acts better than Genevieve!!! Go girl…..u r a great actress< keep it up! love the way you interpret your roles

    • Omo June 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Oh please way!! she doesn’t act better than what world??!!

  • Jasmine June 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Happy birthday Halima, wishing you a funfil day, LLNP……cheers

  • amakaben June 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    i love ur acting halimar,pls whenever u visit spain,i’ll like to meet in person

  • Husband snatcher June 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    “Between last year and this year I’ve shot over 50 movies” haha… Naija films for you. Its possible for her to feature in 20 diff movies a day. mtchww… I wish her the best sha

  • Bukunmi June 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    i tink she s just a down to earth person, , but i hardly watch her films just few. keep it up gurl. just kip bin urself. cheers!

  • Omo June 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love people with a good heart..

  • eye June 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    @Omo, that’s my opinion and i believe you have yours. That Genevieve acts well doesn’t make her the best actress…duhhhh! She acts better than her, PERIOD!!!

  • Tina June 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    i never liked watching your films but i like you now and will hesisitate to watch you on the tele. please will like to meet you in person. be yourself you gud to go………………….

  • Oziohu June 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Lov u girl pls cntct me 07038374569

  • chinonye Isaac June 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Gul, u av bein doin gr8 in ur movies, u ar nt nw 2 me av watchd lots of ur movies n luv d way u act. Bravo! It’s in u, bt minimize d level of wayward dressin it leaves bad impressions ok! Ride on.

  • MEE July 9, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Hmmmm! Y am I just reading this? Ok, first of all Halima is nt a bad actress, I tink her acting is alrite, d problem is dat, er entrance into d social scene was more in d papers n mostly about her near nude pictures,den HINTS was still reigning, I still hav copies, n jst like people slam Susan peters for being evrywhere but in Movies, so did d media pushed Halima into our consciousness, but babe has bared her mind oo, n I will respect u for ever for accepting that u were trying to impress with d hair n clothing n over reacting cos u were upcoming den, a lot of our A-list Actors did so,some are still screaming n over acting even though they are very recognised,lol! Also for accepting that u were bullied, tank u, we understand dis bullying dt led to depression culd be Intimidation,rejection n d likes, thumbs up girl, a lot of people would never come out to say they hadn’t money for the kind of things people would love to see dem wear untill recently!!! I doubt if Luvlyn read dat part.n Tokunboh,hell No! White hunters is hillarious, d fact dat Ini finall let d girls know she wasn’t using Jazz to capture d heart of her man.ok,I’v said a lot,n yes! Like someone said, she couldn’t hav cheated or slept her way tru 8 awards! Well done girl! N tanx for reading my long post Bellanaijarians! 🙂

  • oyiza July 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    dear u are my sis i wil luv 2 meet ucan i get ur contact

  • Musa Muhammad September 6, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Wow. u awesome, I like ur acting. Wish u d bst

  • sparrow November 28, 2015 at 12:13 am

    proud of u, kip making us proud @ Ebira pple

  • eunice derry June 2, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    you are Rilly wonderful hamila,I like the way you act especially in a recent movie I watched titled”ladies runs”pls keep ure profession up

  • Imama August 11, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Your name seems to be an Islamic name, if I may ask please are you a Muslim ? If yes you totally FAILED !!!

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