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Adesua Etomi

Nollywood actress Adesua Etomi recently interviewed with her alma mater University of Wolverhampton‘s magazine WLV Life.

Adesua opened up about why she returned to Nigeria after her stay in the UK, what she finds rewarding about acting, and, ultimately, her goals.

Adesua described her experience, studying in the university, as life changing. She said:  “It is the foundation upon which my career has been built.

The actress had for a long time known she wanted to be in the arts, wanting to be become an actor but also wanting a course that would focus not only on the practical side of the arts, but also on the theoretical side, too.

On moving to Nigeria, Adesua said she had planned, when she left the UK, to stay only for 3 months.

But she arrived in Nigeria and fell in love with the budding film industry, and wanted to be known as one of the people who helped shape it.

Everything boils down to love, she said. Love for the arts, love for Nollywood, and love for Nigeria.

Adesua said her proudest achievement so far has been winning the Best Actress in a Drama award for the movie, “Falling,” at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Of course, like every other actor, Adesua would love to win an Oscar. “I would love the opportunity to put Nigeria and the UK on the map,” she said.

Waking up to a job she loves every single day is the most rewarding part of her job, she added. “It is a blessing because not many people get the privilege to do what they’re passionate about every day and get paid for it.”

61 Comments

  1. Sunshine

    September 22, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Ok, as a foreigner I still watch the older movies because the acting and storylines are usually better. The production quality is the only thing which seems to have improved significantly in Nigerian movies.

    I believe she can make it but she has a long way to go to reach Chiwetel Ejiofor (who, in my opinion is the best modern, black actor) standard much less Meryl Streep, but I wish her well, it takes guts to act…

  2. Capt.Jack

    September 22, 2017 at 11:59 am

    winning an oscar will be amazing but almost impossible if you continue to act feather brained roles like the one you played in wedding party and the other Ay movie… Don’t let nollywood dumb down your talent

    • Blunt

      September 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      These movies were successful because of who? Nigerians.. loving overhyped crap….. Anyway…..You can’t judge adesu based on two overhyped commercially successful movies. Most ppl know her for these movies while her others really good movies floped at the cinemas thanks to who? Nigerians.. *rolls eyes* start supporting good movies then maybe you’ll see the talent

  3. MurderSheWrote

    September 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    My dear, Nigeria is already on the map. Find another struggle. God bless you.

    • Zed

      September 22, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Of course there are actors of Nigerian descent in Hollywood but I’m pretty sure she was referring to nollywood. Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Oyelowo, Uzo Aduba, Yvonne Orji, John Boyega etc are Nigerian but they do not represent nollywood. Don’t think any nollywood actor/actress has broken into Hollywood

    • Mz Elle

      September 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Omg ..so blunt!! Sobsss

  4. Sika

    September 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    No offence adesuwa – your acting range isn’t Oscar worthy.. I would say ” not yet” but I feel you will become another genevieve- believe the hype and not improve your acting skills. You are the same in all your movies. You have to first draw us into each character you play to the point we forget it’s you. Right now it’s bleh. The genevieve factor – good to look at on screen but deep down no real talent.

    • #Hater

      September 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Gbam. Il est what I came to say. Now world pipu will call me hater. I know she didn’t say she wants to win the Oscar right now. But you have to have done a certain range of acting roles to be able to even blurt that out. That’s how 9ce said “I go bring home Grammy” after 1 song. Where is Grammy. We are not Americans. If America sweet all you Oscar and Grammy obsessed so bad, you have to bring something extra/exotic/foreign/Un-American to the table. Why has Lupita won an Oscar? Why has Angelique Kidjo won a Grammy? Go figure.

    • Muna

      September 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Sweet lawd! Truth nonetheless ?

  5. Capt.Jack

    September 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    please stop blocking my comment
    i only spoke the truth when i said she only acts feather brained roles….shallow depthless characters who are only obsessed with fashion and fake accents…

    • StayPressed

      September 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Apart from Dunni in The Wedding Party and Bianca in 10 Days in Sun City what other characters? Also these two movies were comedy I’m not sure what sort of freakin depth you were looking for. If u have not seen majority of the movies she has acted in please hush. In fact majority of her roles have not been feather brained. Go back and do your research because ya clueless

  6. not a troll

    September 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Girl work on your acting skills by taking acting classes, be versatile with the roles you take, Audition to star in Broadway productions, even Muson center plays will help your acting cos you SUCK at it..

  7. Funmilola

    September 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Adesua needs to hone her acting skills……

  8. Mayen

    September 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Adesua is talented please, she’s a good actress maybe because I’m a fan & i’ve seen all her movies lol But yeah i feel like she’s known as the “damsel in distress” it’s annoying that her most successful movies (The Wedding Party & 10 days in sun city) didn’t showcase her talent that well rather her beauty. And then movies like The Arbitration, Falling, Brave and a recent one In Line ( that practically nobody knows about) were she had such great performances didn’t do that well in Nigerian cinemas. She hasn’t done that many movies & there is still room for improvement. I believe she’ll get there she has potential

  9. Jemimah

    September 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Oscar ko, Jude ni.

  10. Vicky

    September 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Ah its going to be tough oh because even talented African American actresses are still struggling to be recognized by the Academy while mediocre bland ass actresses like Jenifer Lawrence are snagging up oscars ,,,. Adesuwa is sha one of the few new school nollywod actors i like besides O.C Ukeje nd ivie Nollywood still has a long way to go picture nd sound quality might hv improved but the storylines keep gettin worse

    • LemmeRant

      September 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Who told you jennifer lawrence is mediocre?

  11. valerie

    September 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    who else this dis lady is overhyped. no offense but for me shez jst like those ordinary actress in nollywood. beautiful..yes, talented…eeeerrrrrrrmmm. more room for improvement.

  12. itsjustme

    September 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    wow wow wow People on here are so negative! if you don’t believe in someone keep shut.

    • Maami

      September 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      If you think people don’t have the right to air their differing opinion, you too join them and keep shut. Rubbish.

  13. Ese

    September 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    your acting skills are too poor for you ….but dream on oscar in dreams.

  14. TK

    September 22, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Lmao bye at that person mentioning Lupita’s overrated self…. winning an Oscar with the usual slave movies!!!! And what do you mean by something foreign? There are wayyyyyy better black actresses that should’ve won before her lyk Octavia Spencer Viola Davis even tho she has one now and Angela Basset

    • Anon

      September 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      TK – Fair comment.
      Just to point out:
      Octavia Spencer; Best Supporting Actress for The Help in 2011.
      Lupita Nyong’o; Best Supporting Actress for Twelve Years A Slave in 2013.

  15. corolla

    September 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    WIth the right script, director, and production team, I think she can win an academy award. Is lupita that much better than the other African actors, no? Just the right script and visibility.

    • AceOfSpades

      September 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Right director is key. I don’t know much about being a good actress but I feel if Adesua was in that movie that Lupita did (and played that same character), she’d win an oscar too.

      How do you then get to act and impress that kind of director is what I do not know but if she does get on that stage, she’d do Oscar worthy performance.

  16. Boss

    September 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Huh? This lady CAN ACT. Clearly y’all have only seen those two overhyped films and you’re judging her acting skills based off those two. Please let’s not be silly. O ye critics see the otters before you come up with these conclusions. sigh

  17. Tutu

    September 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I think Adesua is a great actress. Ofcourse she gets a lot of pretty girl roles because she’s beautiful but that shouldn’t be a negative.

  18. Mautin

    September 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    “I would love”..Future tense! Awon critics!. If she sees herself putting Nigeira on the World map. Erm..Thats her goal!….What is yours?
    Because you dont see yourself out there dosent mean she hasnt/dosent seen herself picking up an Oscar!

  19. Teller

    September 22, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    LMAOOOO bet madam not a troll she’s theatre trained.. she started off with theatre and has done several plays. You suck Google it

  20. Asa

    September 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    I think we are inherently bitter as Nigerians. Somebody states her ambitions and we quickly shoot it down telling her she does not have enough talent. Well, my hand is not there plus women have to support women. All that said, Adesua, your dreams are very valid and the people who say you can’t do it will cheer the loudest when you eventually do it. Keep dreaming big, I am rooting for you!

  21. Nkem

    September 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    See, Adesua. Your dreams are valid. Go for it.

    • Muna

      September 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Yaaas Lupita! ?. You people have changed life to haters vs lovers, if you talk true=hater. Your dreams are valid, but your journey determines it. Kissez

  22. Ephi

    September 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    It’s a thin line between constructive feedback and hating…
    In my opinion, she needs to improve on her acting, I watched knocking on Heaven’s door and didn’t find the acting great in any real sense, the character just didn’t come alive to me, but I know that movie was acted in 2014 and she would have developed further since then. I hope she reaches her goal and fulfills her dreams but there is work to be done. Goodluck Adesua.

    • Seuss

      September 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      This is what i call Constructive feedback. Yh Knocking on Heaven’s door was her first movie. I thought she did well tho but the movies that did it for me were The Arbitration and Falling. You should check them out. There is always room for improvement.. i personally think she’s a good actress. Lol She just needs to never do an A.Y movie ever again

  23. Ghostmode

    September 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    In my point of view based on current acting skills the only person i see likely to get an Oscar is Nse Ikpe-Etim that lady is very versatile and acts reals good. Adesuwa’s acting is fine but she isn’t versatile, i see her on the cover of a movie i can already guess what i’m getting from her, she needs to move out of her comfort zone.

    • Anon

      September 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Also can’t compare these two.. Nse has been in the industry for years adesua just started off in 2014 i think

    • Baby gurl

      September 22, 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Nse Ikpe Etim is unbelievable!!! I’ve been saying this for ages. She’s literally the most underrated actor ever. I love her so much. I watch her movies and I scream, shout, laugh, cry. LOL. She’s just too good. By the way, Susu, your dreams are truly valid o (In Lupita’s words).

  24. Southern

    September 22, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Why all these negative comments about this girl’s work? I think she’s a brilliant actress, and more importantly, a work in progress.
    And like Nelson Mandela rightly said – It always seems impossible until it is done.

  25. Anon

    September 22, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Lemmerant Jennifer Lawrence is overrated as f**k. Yaya DaCosta, Thandie Newton, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Octavia Spenser, Regina King and the list goes on are far better. Black actors/actresses have to work 10 times as hard while America’s sweetheart snatches up these awards left right and center for such mediocre performances. Pls let’s not even talk about one of the most overrated movies in history American Hustle oh and her as Mystique in X-Men one word > Tragic..

  26. Muna

    September 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    @LemmeRant Jennifer Lawrence is the poster girl for mediocrity, mid level movies winning Oscars with her bland ness and pretty eyes nd girl next door ness and the benefit of being chosen just like Lupita was. Like Bradley Cooper, over rated, cringe worthy chemistry forced on us. The trend usually dies out, those who were given the accolades who didnt earn it.

  27. Muna

    September 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Girlfriend is putting Nigeria and UK on the map. ? Map lister for for the Map less, both nations thank you. Not with the wedding party or wielding that sword I saw on your IG few weeks ago sweetie! Not with the Jennifer Lopez/Genevieve Nnaji saccharine sweet innocence and that easy on the eyes feel. Because already you’re winning the right Oscars, in the media hearts, if you want more, take Oscar worthy roles !

    • Dawne

      September 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      . If the Wedding Party is the only movie you know of her then Aunty i don’t think you’re in the right position to judge her acting skills because you’re basing it off one movie alone and the second movie you speak of is called Muna and it’s not even out yet and you’ve already trashed it. And please you guys should give this lady a damn break there is nothing wrong with dreaming big. Everybody has ambitions and goals that they wish to achieve. And please it’s like you people are forgetting that adesuwa is quite new in the industry she started off like three years ago so i don’t understand why she’s being compared to veterans that have been in the industry for years.

    • Bliss

      September 23, 2017 at 7:55 am

      but the wielding sword movie hasn’t dropped yet not even a trailer or teaser has been revealed and you’ve already condemned the movie from a picture and i don’t get what her image of being sweet and easy on the eyes has to do with her acting, what is the correlation? If they say u ppl are hating you will say someone can’t criticize again and FYI sweetie Jenifer Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actress for her performance in Selena which u definitely haven’t seen. J.Lo is a way better actress than a singer. Put some respeck on her name

  28. Uberhaute looks

    September 22, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Except for few constructive comments here, the rest are just so bitter and filled with bile!
    Adesua, if your dream is to win an Oscar, never let down till you have accomplished your aim. Stay focused.
    I hope it’s not recession that’s causing all these haterade.

  29. whydhate

    September 23, 2017 at 12:34 am

    what’s wrong with someone aspiring to win an Oscar.

  30. Negodu

    September 23, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Nne, thank God I was not in the hall or room when you said this nonsense about winning an oscar. I would not have been to contain my anger; I would have walked up and given you a very dirty slap. You deserve dirty slaps for that nonsense you acted with your husband in wedding party.

    I don’t blame you, it is the mediocre industry that rewards people for effort that I blame because if you didn’t receive any nonsense award in Nigeria, you would be working hard to improve your very lacking skills. As someone else said, Oscar ko, Jude ni

    • Zed

      September 23, 2017 at 3:17 am

      As usual y’all are mentioning her performance in only ONE MOVIE and that probably is the ONLY MOVIE y’all have seen of hers. Awon critics!! You sound bitter as hell… There is giving constructive criticism and then there’s hating. This is just plain hating. Everybody has DREAMS. Why are you putting down somebody for stating her dreams and her goals. They say if your dreams don’t scare you you’re not dreaming big enough. So who the hell are you to say someone can’t achieve such. Sorry who died and made you God? lol Negodu you deserves those dirty slaps more slap yourself several times maybe that’ll get rid of the vile, bitterness and hate you’re filled with.

  31. Negodu

    September 23, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Shout to those hailing our only Oscar potential Nse Ikpe Etim! Talk about someone who is all work and less talk! I love that woman!!!

  32. Truth-be-told

    September 23, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Oscar worthy- Bimbo Akintola

  33. Zed

    September 23, 2017 at 3:41 am

    There is a difference between constructive criticism and just plain hating. Some of these comments are just down right ugly. The worst kind of people have to be those that are so quick to shut down other people’s dreams and ambitions when they equally have their own big dreams. And others saying she’ll become another Genevieve (who is talented and successful btw) so i don’t even know what y’all mean by that. Lol awon future seers/fortune tellers y’all don’t get to predetermine her destiny anyway. Who died and made y’all God?

  34. Ewa Ali

    September 23, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Your dreams are valid Adesua! Take all these constructive criticism and work on all that needs to be done. I agree Nse is too talented and probably not gotten her turn to shine.

    Most Nigerians don’t know how to constructively criticize, I am also working on it.

  35. Bliss

    September 23, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Another thing… how can you be rating adesu acting abilities off The Wedding Party and that AY one uhm that makes absolutely no sense. She’s also quite new in the industry, girl hasn’t even been in up to 10 movies. As at now i think she’s a brilliant actress but with time she’ll improve, grow, perfect her craft and showcase her versatility. Nse is my fav actress hands down but pls if we go back to how she started off it wasn’t all the best, there are some comedy movies she did with funke and others that’ll I’ll never use to rate her acting abilities. A Trip to Jamaica ehh let’s all act like that movie never happened and you sure won’t rate her based on that movie alone? exactly so don’t do the same to adesua

  36. Jodie

    September 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Green White Green, DRY, 76, 93 Days, The Arbitration, Slow Country, Roti, October 1, Maami, Oloibiri, Iyore, The Visit, Falling, Confusion Na Wa, Ties that Bind, Nigerians do not support good movies these are the movies that are meant to be breaking the box office not the tired warri comedian or the mess of movie called Alakada Reloaded. The Wedding Party wasn’t bad just ridiculously overhyped. Like the person said up there support gud movies then you’ll see the talent. No offense but overall South Africans have better storylines and their people actually support these groundbreaking movies that is why they constantly have Hollywood collaborations with A listers not the Z listers like us. We gotta do better

  37. Ure

    September 23, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Hater’s comment made my head spin what kind of idiocy did i just read. “If America sweet all you Oscar and Grammy obsessed so bad, you have to bring something extra, exotic and foreign” This made sense to you lot? At first i thought you meant with the way the Hollywood movie industry is set up black people would have to be foreign and exotic to get recognized and win awards as opposed to some of these mediocre white actors and actresses that don’t even have to do that much but rather you meant we need to be foreign and exotic (likes it’s a good thing) to be good. Angelique Kidjo = foreign and exotic Lmaooo whet? That talented woman in all her African pride sister girl you don’t know what you are saying. African American actors in all their black pride have made phenomenal movies without having to be foreign and exotic as you say. Most of the good movies from the past years like Fences, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Get Out, Girls Trip, Beasts of No Nation, Tangerine, Chi-Raq, Dope, Selma, The Butler, The Help.. maybe exotic and foreign to win these awards unfortunately but never i repeat never the need to be exotic and foreign or extra as you say to make a good movie and showcase our talent as black people.

  38. Mstilii

    September 23, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    If I was to choose 4 nollywood actress I strongly believe, like Lupita, that in the next 5yrs can win an Oscar based on a good scripted, produced and directed movie, my choices will be
    1.Rita Dominic
    2.Genevieve Nnaji
    3. Ivie Okunjaye
    4. Adesua Etomi

    And in that order

    • Mstilii The Movie Critic

      September 23, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      I’ve always said it on my blog that my wish is to see movie makers challenge these great talent to their fullest. Most African Movie makers cannot challenge them so I can see why most like Genny have hit a glass ceiling and not moved to accept boring scripts that keeps coming her way. She wants a challenge that’s why folks like her and Rita are now producing their own.

      Imagine if any of the forementioned played a movie like Monster which won Charlize Theron an Oscar and she was so challenged in her character she became the real person or a movie like Eating Gilbert grape which for year’s I was convinced Diario was a retard

      Let’s not blame Genny and the likes, “MOST” African Movie makers DO NOT KNOW HOW TO WRITE AND MAKE MOVIES THAT CHALLENGE THE ARTISTS TO Grow as the years go by It’s the same Ole b.s that’s why most remain stagnant. I can name only 6 repeated themes in nollywood movies.

      Leonardo Dicaprio grew from better to best cos movie makers like Martin Scorcese challenged him in every movie he casted him in. The people I mentioned are not overrated actresses, in my opinion they are good. Don’t blame them if they cannot be challenged

    • Olori

      September 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      Nse Ikpe Etim comes before the four of them. Hands down. Even if you combine the four of them. She is that good, trust me. She is the queen. Start with ‘Reloaded’ then move on to her other movies. You go shiver. #MansNotHot.

  39. Mstilii The Movie Critic

    September 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I like some of Nse’s acting, but definitely not all..
    Shes very good actress in certain roles (not all roles)- in my opinion

    #toeachhisown
    #wecanagreetodisagree

  40. Benny

    September 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Really guys? You spent all that time hating on a young girl’s ambition? What’s yours? To rubbish people’s dreams? Clap for yourselves all of you that were nasty. Your dreams just came true.

  41. Flo

    September 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    This is a professional network where we should be celebrating people’s dreams and aspirations.
    Instead of tearing down her dreams why not spin your comments to tell her what she could do better and share any experiences you may have.
    The act of dreaming and planning is the beginning of success.

    Wishing you all the best Adesua. Many people before you made it and so can you.

  42. Miss Fine

    October 5, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Nollywood should be like Bollywood
    Not giving a damm about Hollywood but appreciate what they have. Please haven’t we created our own Oscars. Let’s be proud of what we have.

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