Nkiruka Omeili: Night I had flat tyre on Eko Bridge

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, widely known as Kiki Omeili, is a Nollywood
actress, producer, entrepreneur, television presenter and a philanthropist best known for her role as Lovette in the TV series ‘Lekki Wives’. She is also known for her daring and stylish dress-sense. But what many people may not know about
this highly intelligent and gifted actress is the fact that she dumped stethoscope for acting. She is a medical doctor who studied Medicine at the University of Lagos (Unilag). In this
interview with OMSNEWS, she speaks about her
growing-up, career, love and passion for the big screen.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and bred in Lagos. I attended secondary school in Benin City but the bulk of my formative years were spent in Lagos.
What were you like as a kid?
I was a very playful, vibrant, intelligent, vocal and inquisitive child. I took an avid interest in trading and performing at a very young age and I asked a lot of questions. I wanted to know everything!
Were your parents strict?
Not really. My parents were only strict when they needed to be and they would discipline you if you stepped out of line but, largely, they were very approachable. You studied Medicine at the University of Lagos, what made
you become an actor?
The love for acting and performing made me become an actor. It was always evident that I loved performing and would constantly be involved in school plays and other social activities.

In medical school, I would frequently host school
programmes. It was simply me following my passion.
What were your parents’ reactions?
They were not too surprised. They know their child. They were, and still are very supportive of me and it’s something that I’m forever grateful for.
How has acting changed your life?
It has given me the opportunity to do and say things that I would ordinarily never say and do. The chance to be with different people. Acting has made me a lot more observant about people, and their behaviour. Studying people; what makes them tick and how they react to things help my character interpretation. It has also made me a lot more sensitive and empathic towards people in certain situations because when you portray a character, you become that character.

You feel their pains and their joys. It’s very
humbling.
What hurdles did you face when you were starting out?
There were so many. First, there’s the struggle to be given a chance to prove yourself and your talent. Then the struggle to be taken seriously seeing that I came from an entirely different background from the arts.
Do you feel fulfilled or accomplished?
There’s certainly a fulfillment that comes from doing what you love. That being said though, I’m constantly striving to do better; to be better, to challenge myself, to positively influence people’s lives. There’s still so much to do.
What is your greatest achievement till date?
For me, using my platform to improve the quality of lives by the fusion of health and entertainment. There is so much useful information that can be passed along to people in the process of entertaining them. Film is such a powerful tool to do that. Every time I create content that betters people’s lives
is an achievement for me.
Can you tell us about the worst moment in your movie career?
Nothing particularly comes to mind at the moment.
Which world leader has inspired you the most and why? I would say Nelson Mandela. I am still amazed at everything that he went through to fight for what he believed in. The perseverance marvels me till date.
Which book would you love to make a film out of one day? I really loved Elechi Amadi’s “The concubine” when I was in school. I read it again recently and I think it would make for a beautiful film.
What drives you?
I would say passion and ambition drives what I do.
If you got the opportunity to remake a classic, which onewould you go for?
Amaka Igwe’s “Forever”. She was such a fantastic filmmaker.
Aside acting, what other interesting things do you do or work on?
I am heavily involved in health advocacy. I am constantly teaching and speaking up about things that can help people live better and healthier lives. I believe that knowledge is power and that if people know better, they will do better.
Is there a role you have not played but would like to someday?
So many, but the one that immediately comes to mind is an uneducated village giirl
I generally choose roles that are far removed from the real me. I recently had to play the role of a woman suffering from post- partum depression. It’s a condition that I understand, thanks to my medical training and it was very emotional.
It was quite challenging to constantly let the audience in on what the character was feeling because many times, the character herself wasn’t sure of what she was feeling.
Nkiruka Omeili Which is the most dangerous situation that you have ever been?
Having a flat tyre on Eko Bridge at night.
What projects would you love to work on in the future?
Advocacy projects that educate and entertain are a win for me any day! I have done several and look forward to doing many more.


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