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BN Saturday Celebrity Interview: A Day Out with Nollywood Actress Susan Peters on her Birthday!



BN Saturday Celebrity Interview Susan Peters - June 2013 - Bellanaija005If you’ve been an avid follower of the Nigerian social scene lately, you would surely not have missed seeing the beautiful Nollywood actress, Susan Peters always making a statement. With a great sense of style and a curvy body to go with, she always looks well put together and is one to watch out for.
But that is not all Susan Peters is known for. The Benue state born actress attended Airforce Nursery and Primary Schools and FGGC Wuse Abuja. She also studied Computer Science at Asman English School, Kaduna and further studied TV & Film at Video Waves & Camera Film School, Kaduna.
Susan started modelling as well in 2003 and has appeared in many advertisements; from billboards to TV commercials, Press ads, Handbills and many more. The City People Most Stylish Actress for 2012 has also won some awards for her acting including the Best Of Nollywood Best Supporting Actress Award in 2011.

The 30th of May 2013 was Susan’s birthday which also happened to be the date of our interview. I got to the Beat FM Studio in Lagos, venue of our interview some minutes before she arrived sporting a tomboy look. Dressed in a white shirt, black pants and red bow tie, she brightened it up with a beaming smile and a delicious cake for everyone. Soon after a brief on-air chat with Olisa on the Morning Drive, we sat down for an interesting interview.

The Birthday Girl at Beat FM Studio

The Birthday Girl at Beat FM Studio

The Birthday Girl!
Happy Birthday Susan.
Thank you!

They say we ladies don’t ever tell our ages but I’m thinking you might be an exception. How old are you marking today?
I’m adding another year. That is all you need to know darling.

What are you most grateful for on this special day?
I’m thanking God for where He has brought me and where I came from. For all the things I achieved last year and hoping that this year I would achieve greater heights. I’m thanking my family for supporting me through it all, through the good times and the bad times; my friends that have stood by me and my fans that have been praying for me. I thank them a lot for always being there.

Do you have any other activities or party planned to celebrate your day?
I’ve been to the Beat FM to give a shout out. I’m leaving here now for Surulere to the Pacelli School for Special Children and after that I’d come home and have some lunch with some friends. Later tonight, I’d put on my dancing shoes and have a party with some friends.

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The Real Susan Peters
So Susan, let’s get to know you better. Who is Susan Peters off the screen?
I keep pretty much to myself. I love watching movies, cooking and doing my house chores. Even though I have people working for me, I still love to do my work sometimes. I love sleeping, I don’t joke with my sleep. If I’m sleeping and you wake me up, I would be cranky all through the day. On a day that I don’t feel like going out, I stay indoors.

What else do you do professionally apart from acting?
I have a salon and a boutique in Kaduna. I also do interior decoration, make up and contracts to supply building materials.

How is business in Kaduna and how do you manage it all the way from Lagos?
Kaduna used to be a very peaceful and quiet town before all the fighting. The crisis has really affected the town, so business over there is really frustrating. I’m looking forward to moving the salon and the boutique down here.

Did you grow up in Kaduna?
I didn’t really grow up in one place, we were always moving but pretty much most of it was in Kaduna.

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Her Journey to Fame & Stardom
Tell me about your journey to fame. How did you get into acting?
I think I just stumbled on it. I wanted to become an air hostess. I loved the way the female British Airways cabin crew dressed with their smart outfits and short skirts, looking very prim and proper. But it didn’t work out. We were supposed to go for a course but at that time the airline said they weren’t willing to train people except we train ourselves because when they train people, most of them don’t stay with them and they go to other airlines. That was when I opened the salon and boutique. Shortly after that, some people came to use my store to act a series and offered me a small role. When they finished, the Director asked me if I had thought about acting and when I said no, he told me that there was a film school in Kaduna I could go to if I wanted to learn how to act. And that’s it. I graduated with a distinction, the best overall female student in my class and after that, we came for a two-week excursion in Lagos, and here I am.

Coming to Lagos for the first time and experiencing life in the bustling city takes some time to adjust to for many people. Was it the same for you?
At first, I couldn’t deal with the chaos. Lagos was too rough and rowdy for me. The way the danfo drivers drive was too crazy and I felt I wasn’t going to be able to stay in Lagos. I used to fly in, do my movies and fly back. At some point, Olu Jacobs advised me that in the industry I needed to be constant; that I should be at one point so when I am needed, I can easily be reached. That was when I decided to relocate in 2002. I first of all lived in Victoria Island, later I moved to Ikoyi and I’ve been there ever since.

Did you have any crazy experiences as a new comer in Lagos?
It was tedious! I lost my phones several times in taxis, my car got scratched by buses, it was crazy.
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Career, Style, Relationships & More
Back to the movies now, how many movies have you featured in so far and which ones are you most proud of?
I’ve done 80 movies and counting. The thing is most of the movies I’ve done don’t really get enough publicity. But some of the recent ones that have given a boost to my career are ‘Domino’, a series I did with Tajudeen Adepetu; ‘Sound Of Poverty’ and then ‘Bursting Out’, an Emem Isong production. I’ve gotten a lot of recognition and awards for that movie.

Earlier this year, an entertainment website named you one of Nigeria’s most ‘red carpet party goers’ of 2012. It seems you’re living up to that title as you are spotted at almost every major red carpet event in town. Do you really think you’re everyw?
I go to events when I’m invited, I don’t just stumble on events. When people respect you, they look for you and give you an invite so it’s only natural for you to respect that person and go for their event so that when you are doing yours, people will come. I don’t just go to red carpet events because I don’t have anything I’m doing and it’s not every red carpet event I go for. And the thing is, I make a statement on the red carpet so people always want Susan Peters to be there. So if people have issues because I go on the red carpet, well sorry, too bad. They will be seeing more of me.

Talking about making a statement, you caused quite a stir with your Indian outfit to the “On Bended Knees” movie premiere. What inspired that outfit?
I was away in Paris when Chioma pinged me saying I must be at her movie premiere. Because she is a friend and a senior colleague, I wanted to honour her invitation. Usually when I’m going for an event, I prepare for it either with my stylist or by myself. But for this, I didn’t have anything I wanted to wear. Then I remembered that a friend of mine bought me Sari from India. The premiere was the next day so I called her in the morning and went to her house in Festac to pick it up and gave it to my tailor that day who sewed it overnight. Everybody liked it but then some group of people were asking why I should wear Bollywood in Nollywood. Are they for real? Why do we wear English clothes? Should we be wearing our traditional prints all the time? Some people just sit in their homes and without thinking, decide to write whatever they want to write. I’m trying to grow a thick skin. The day I decided to join the movie industry was the day I sold myself to the world. So, whatever that comes with it, let it come.

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Do you work with a stylist whenever you make appearances on the red carpet or at social events?
Toyin Lawani of Tiannah Styling does most of my styling. Zizi Cardow does some of my styling as well. I have a French designer, Asabe. She is the one who did the Indian Sari and most of my native attires. And then Exquisite Style gets me some of the readymade red carpet dresses.

Last year, the popular blogger, Linda Ikeji’s post on you acquiring a Blackberry Porsche didn’t go down well with you as you went on a twitter rant to complain about her readers’ comments. Why?
Anybody who knows me knows I love gadgets. I even buy gadgets before they come out, that is how bad it is. I order online because I want to be the first to buy it. It’s just like when they said I was a lesbian, I am not. The fact that I sometimes dress boyish does not mean I am a lesbian. People who know me know that I have a soul mate.
But what happened was that someone saw me and said “oh, you’re one of the first nollywood actresses to get a Porsche”. He just wanted to use it for his story but then she twisted it and allowed her readers to put malicious comments.
Most of the good things we do, people don’t really put it out there in the media. I do charity, I’ve been doing charity even before I joined Nollywood but it’s not out there. I made my millions even before I joined Nollywood so somebody who doesn’t know me from nowhere cannot just sit down there and think I’m like this because I joined Nollywood!

But she tendered an apology to you on Twitter…
She did that because her sisters came to my Twitter page to insult me. Who does that? I had to tell them to stay off, to back off. And then she made an apology privately. Why would she do that? If she knew the thing they did was wrong, she should have tendered it openly. People do that. She then made another blog post about the apology and people who had been looking for ways to insult me just trooped there.

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More and more Nigerian celebrities who acquire expensive stuff now post it on social media. Do you think this is a show off?
It’s not showing off, that is why it’s called show business. Show business is indirectly saying showing off but that is not what I call it. If you are in it, you have to be able to be out there and that is the truth. In Hollywood, they buy things and they put it out there so why is our own different? Last year, I got two new houses. Why didn’t they put that on the blogs? I got awards and nominations. Why didn’t they publish that? I have built my brand to this level so somebody can not just come from nowhere and just poke it like some balloon. I am made of steel, they should know that.

Have you met Linda Ikeji since then?
I haven’t. I don’t even know how she looks except someone points her out to me. I don’t visit blogs.

Not even BellaNaija?
It’s only when someone sends me a link of something that was published about me that I click on the link to read it. I don’t even read the news, I’m that bad. It’s only when I hear people talking about something then I go and google it.

You were also obviously upset when on Twitter again, you responded to an allegation that you made a comment on her blog…
At some point, someone went to her blog using my name to make a comment and a friend of mine called and told me about it. Why would I do that? I have three Facebook accounts and a fan page, two Twitter accounts, Instagram, Keek, Path and I’ve not been able to keep up with all of them. Why would I go to any blog to go and write stuff? Like, who does that? People would just say “oh, she is the one” and then come to my Twitter page to insult me. It’s wrong. People should learn to celebrate people.

At BellaNaija, we’d love to celebrate you. I understand you are a UN Ambassador of Peace and you have a charity foundation. What is it called?
‘Susan Peters Foundation, Benue Pikin’. It’s focused on children, and also creating awareness about Asthma and Diabetics.

Why Asthma and Diabetics?
Because I used to be asthmatic and my Dad is diabetic but thank God we’ve survived it. I am no longer asthmatic.

I remember reading a while ago that you adopted a child. Is that true?
Yes I did. She is in Ogun state, and I have other children in other states, not just her. I love kids. Even before I joined Nollywood, I’ve always loved children. I used to take care of children in my area in Kaduna and when I did, they won’t want to go back home. It’s something I grew up with. I think I learnt it from my Mum because she is a people person and I’m just like her.

What are you going to do with the kids at the Pacelli School for Special Children later today?
I’m taking some stuff to them and I just want to spend time with them.

Why do you call yourself the ‘Duchess of Idoma’?
Because I am from a royal home.

This is on your Twitter profile but you’ve been criticized about the self-proclaimed title.
I am from a royal home, I don’t really need to explain myself. If they want to find out, they should go to my village. My Dad is from a royal family so automatically I am a Princess.

Let’s talk about some mushy stuff now. Are you in a romantic relationship?
If I say I’m not seeing anybody, won’t you say there is a problem with me? Of course I am.

Great to hear that! Are the wedding bells ringing soon?
Don’t worry, you people would be the first to know.

Tell me more about him, is he in the movie industry? What attracted you to him?
He is not in the industry. I was attracted to his calmnesss, his intelligence, his down to earth nature and he is very humble.

For BellaNaija readers, tell us two things that most people don’t know about you.
I’m pretty much very very intelligent. You could teach me something that I don’t know and I can pick it up in five minutes. And I love cooking, especially traditional dishes. I learn how to cook dishes from other tribes and I do it perfectly. But I love Ogbono soup and pounded yam.

On a parting note, what would you like to say to your fans.
I’m just going to say thank you to everyone who loves me, who loves my work and has supported me all through. To people who have been sending messages and prayers, without them I won’t be where I am. I’m also telling people that they should never give up. If they have a dream that they want to achieve, they should keep pressing forward. And above all, love God because without God, you can do nothing.

It was great chatting with Susan and from BellaNaija, we wish her the very best! Keep it locked on BN for exclusive photos from her birthday party.

Susan Peters Showreel

Photography: Moussa Moussa | Makeup: Jiyde | Styling: Susan Peters & Tiannah Styling

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Africhic

    June 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    All these actresses that I’ve never seen acting. Okay I’m not a fan of Nollywood movies, but i should have come across her at least once.

    • whocares

      June 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      she is visible.. i havent seen her act either but that’s because i dont watch nollywood movies much. i see her at events though. she said it, her movies arent really publicised. ..

    • goldfinch

      June 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I first knew her in Domino, she played Eniola Lord Williams. Then the first and only movie I have seen her in is Bursting out where she starred alongside Genevieve.
      I think she is an amazing actress.

    • Specs

      June 2, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      I was really into Domino back then as well!! she was a great actress, she had a little more flesh and looked healthier though, her weight-loss kinda made her face drawn (those eye-bags weren’t as obvious back then). she always looks tired now mehn!! she gatz work on that (and I bet she knows)….Me I like her oh, yea, her style is kinda off (for me) but I’m not on twitter and wasn’t really into reading blogs when she had her quanta with LIB, all I know is she can act, so I’m cools with her.

  2. salsera

    June 1, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    with the number of movies churned out in the past , if you watched nollywood movies early 2000s and late 1990s you would have seen her. just that in those days fair complexioned actresses were in lead roles, by the time that preference gave way to talent then genevieve, mercy johnson and others got a shot at lead roles. i thought susan just left acting for other things till recently (she was in bursting out which is about 3/4yrs)

  3. Tesonma

    June 1, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Wishy washy interview and watery answers! I have read better.

  4. sarafina

    June 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I only like her natural beauty. Her beauty is unique. The rest…

  5. chei

    June 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    There we go again. They spend more of their time posing for photos in their expensive weaves instead of more time in taking acting classes. Lost priorities. Abeg name one memorable movie she headlined and gave an award winning performance, cos I surely dont remember. Na wa oh. Nice photo shop images

  6. Anonymous

    June 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Yea you should have,only if you can patronize by watching always. Only in Nigeria people pretend not to know their actors. At least google can help out! Smh!

  7. Dami

    June 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Yet to see a movie she’s featured in and cant recall her role in i reckon she’s more of a biz woman dan an actress. Wish her well and she seems to take things very personal.remain happy susan.

  8. barbiebolu

    June 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Susan appears more on red carpet than in movies o,she acts,fine but very sure she has never feature in over 80 movies as she claimed o..liar

  9. lily dyo

    June 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful, great actress but too proud of herself

  10. lily dyo

    June 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Beautiful great actress but too proud of herself

    • mama

      June 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      how is she proud? you answer confidently foolish haters like you will make noise……the truth is humans will always talk so if you dont know ur worth sorry for you…

  11. Anonymous

    June 1, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I love her,she’s one down to earth and humble person. Happy Belated Birthday,wishing you many more years. You always look young,pls tell us the secret….

    • Hmmm

      June 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Hi susie

    • Chioma

      June 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Hahahahaha na real hi susie…that always look young line gave it up… Susie biko yoou dont look young stop trying too hard

  12. My Own Business

    June 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I think its funny how she felt the need to say “before nollywood” as she answered all her questions lol….she needs a glass of humility.

    All the best to her!

  13. natty

    June 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I don’t blame her for the replies she gave, its like people just love to hate her and Toke Makinwa. The number of times I have read comments on various blogs, asking what she does apart from acting since she isn’t visible in movies are too numerous to mention, shey she has answered the question, she is a business woman. Some people just love to hate on celebrities for no just reason.

  14. Anonymous

    June 1, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Well at least she’s there,Bella does not feature anyone except ure important. So haters get a life! More grease dear…

  15. Gistyinka Blog

    June 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Love the way she address all question giving to her.

  16. Sandisco

    June 1, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I think she’s a great actress if not she won’t have won awards and be recognized,plus she’s doing great with her NGO Benue Pikin SPF. Appreciate people even of they have done little or too much.

  17. meme.

    June 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    She comes off as a little pompous from the Interview. But all the best. She’s obviously isn’t making money from acting. Even if we don’t watch nollywood movies, we see their premier pictures and previews and we no see her inside anyone.

  18. Anonymous

    June 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Where s my cake oooo sista,save some for us. Love the white and red combo,love your movies too.

    • nene

      June 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      u, my friend are clueless. you are either susan or someone close to her, keep on commenting with several names, ur avatar has exposed u. susan peters, don’t let people expose you oh..all this one you’re talking. however, linda ikeji needs to call her sisters to order, they need to calm down. one of them also insulted munachi abii.

  19. diva

    June 1, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Big ups to u beautiful big sis! Super caring, humble, great cook, great actress, down to earth and a whole lit more…. M proud of u.

  20. Silk

    June 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I don’t knw how peeps get to judge someone they don’t knw n ve never met. I’ve met this charming lady n she’s selfless, caring, humble to the core and a very cheerful person. Duchess susie big ups n many more success stories *kisses*

  21. aya

    June 1, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Haters are gon hate, no matter the negative comments Haters post susan peter is living her life to the fullest, doing what she loves. If u don’t like her that’s ur cup of tea, just don’t be spiteful with ur comments. Keep doing u Susan

  22. moi

    June 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Dint know she is dis pwetty. Never seen her movie too hut am going to look for bursting out. Happy belated birthday Susan. Always on point.

  23. motlog

    June 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Those that criticize usually hav attittude issues steming from lack of self esteem. Bwahahaha! Abeg leave d lady alone! *U sure can’t please humans*! And yes, I’m talkin 2 u.

  24. Morning dew

    June 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    She’s very beautiful, I like the way she answered questions, don’t know why people just hate on her for the sake of hating!!!! Well… There you have it, her game is tight and she’s not afraid to say it. Carry go my benue sister. X

  25. ore

    June 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Me I no sabi Susan personally but y’all allow her live her life.. U go live yours!

  26. Ushie

    June 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Don’t let anyone push you to the wall,you are doing just fine. People goin to talk whether you do good or bad. It’s only women who hate,learn to celebrate one another.

  27. Teddy Bear

    June 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Am I the only one that thinks she looks hella dumb in that sari? Smh.

  28. Rukky

    June 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Please, sorry, it’s unfortunate that I’m pressed for time and i no fit read that looooooong post but what is Susan peter’s selling point? Thanks 🙂 Oh, and Happy birthday beautiful!!!!!!

  29. Partyrider

    June 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    I loved her in bursting out,Her acting was great! I think it even got her a nomination at one of those numerous awards in naija
    I like her craziness 🙂

  30. Mma

    June 2, 2013 at 3:46 am

  31. Rhecks

    June 2, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Don’t see how someone would claim she’d acted in over 80 movies and yet is relatively unknown. If you are an actress, let your work speak for you and not the o other way round. I think she needs to come off her high horse. Her interview tells it all. As for those who call constructive criticism hating, kindly learn to help your friends by telling them the truth.hope to see you in more brilliant and appealing movies in future Susan…happy birthday!

  32. ice

    June 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Its suprising wat an interview can do, with Susan Peters as the headline, I was hoping for ‘haters’ comment,evryone seems to hav a soft heart. However, its nt good to jusdge a book by its comment

  33. comment awaiting moderation!

    June 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Pretty pic,but look overly photoshopped! Such a spotless,shinning smooth black glowing skin? Luv her aggressive response…How can she says she doesn’t read blogs,pant on fire!

  34. i no send

    June 2, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    obviously does not make her money from nollywood or salon …2 houses abi? na wa ..but linda ikeji should have spoken up earlier she let the matter get out of hand.

  35. Uk

    June 3, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Seen her in uche Jombo’s Nollywood hustlers, she’s a good actress, she just need to do more movies and less photo shoots / interviews/ red carpet.

  36. Hurperyermie

    June 3, 2013 at 8:16 am

    HBD Sweety

  37. loveth O.

    June 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Pls just keep up the good work, God will bless u in return

  38. Priscy

    June 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    U need to watch her in sound of poverty..she is a good actress. I think she needs to do more movies coz truthfully, people don’t know her much and she’s such a talented actress. Tho she sounded a bit pompous in this interview esp the part where she said she is a princess. like who cares?

    • mama

      June 3, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      you are really dumb i guess……the reporter asked her a question that she said she was a princess and she answered yes she was so how is that pride? do you know her from her home?

  39. temmie

    June 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

    errrrrrr i am not in a relationship and i don’t have a problem. if u are not in a relationship at a certain age does not mean you have a problem. thank you

  40. Mimi

    June 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    here we go again another nollywood person who spends more time doing photoshoot than they should spend inproving on their grammar and taking some acting lessons. ENough of the photoshoots, expensive horse hair and exxpensive mobile phones. Get your priorities straight, take some acting classes and pay for someone to polish your image so your dont retaliate on social media when crazy fans say something you dont like. Name one movie this girl has headlined and gave an excellent performance. Just one – please name one. I am sick and tired of seeing all these talentLESS people doing back to back photoshoots (yvonne nelson, susan peters, etc etc). You dont see Genevieve always doing shooots likes, she does it once in a while cos she is spending more time doing something better. it is always donts with NO talent who want to stay relevant always doing these nonsense photoop shoots.

    • Asake

      June 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      And how many movies really has Genevieve acted in recently? Madam please go and sleep. You, you don’t have “horse weaves” abi? Rubbish, judgmental comment. Calling someone that is living her dreams talentless. What exactly do you do for a living? Like M.I asked, have you eaten today? You come here and just chat trash. Rihanna retaliates at people that tell her nonsense on social media, are you insulting her? Learn to respect people and give criticisms that are not laced with spite. That’s how you people killed Goldie. Mscheew.

  41. Ushie

    June 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Exactly,she does photoshoots… She does modeling as well. Why the beef? This people you are mentioning are still progressing,why beef? Are you God? You all that are talking are your lives perfect? Diary of mad black women who sit in their homes and insult others! Get a life! She only answered questions asked,she’s from a royal home that’s why she’s called Duchess. Leave Susan Peters and any other actor alone! Mind your own bizness!

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