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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Actor Udoka Oyeka speaks on Relationships, Boko Haram Inspired Film "No Good Turn"

Last Saturday, Udoka Oyeka, revealed in THISDAY newspaper that he is single and hopeful. The actor revealed that he has been single for two years, stating, "At the moment, I am not in any relationship. My last relationship ended two years ago. It is not that I am not ready for another one, but when the right person comes along (I’ll be in a relationship); getting into a relationship has a way of working out (for people)."

But ladies- it probably would help your chances if you are a dog lover. In the newspaper, he spoke about his love for dogs saying that he has had dogs since he was 10, and has never lived without a dog in the house.

And when asked how he copes with the female admirers, Oyeka said, "I am not just an actor with a pretty face. I write, I direct and produce films. Most of the time, I am engrossed in my work. At every point in time, I have at least two to three projects I am developing."

The actor also revealed that he wrote the script for the anticipated short film 'No Good Turn' as a result of dissatisfaction with the right stories being told about terrorism in the North. The film is set to be released later this year.

When asked about the state of Nigerian cinema, the actor was quoted saying, "If you put Nollywood side by side Hollywood, I think Nollywood is doing better", the actor said, comparing Hollywood’s 100 years to Nollywood’s fast- developing 25 years. He went on to say, "the only area we are lacking is in the area of how we tell our stories, and that for me is real film-making." We look forward to the real film-making in 'No Good Turn' when it is released.

Why he chose to make Boko Haram film, "Boko Haram has been a big issue in Nigeria and (the sect) got extremely violent in 2009; the year I returned from the United States. I had made three films already, and nobody was talking about them. Films being (a part of) our biggest export, it was impressed upon me to tell the Boko Haram story. The spark (of the film) was telling the story of the many souls dying every day. Going forward, I had a friend who had a script on Islamic terrorism in the North, and the story wasn’t really strong enough for me. (Out of dissatisfaction with that piece) I went ahead to write No Good Turn. I met with Bolanle Austen Peters of Terra Culture, and she loved the project. We also talked to Ford Foundation and Neri. People got onboard and we made the film. It took about two years for the film to crystalise. Finally, the film is out."

Experience in Tinsel, "It has been joyous, to say the least. It’s a family. And I think I have just been blessed working with the crop of people in the cast – and how close we have all become! Ireti Doyle has become my big sister off the set, as I talk to her a lot about my personal issues. I think she knows way too much about me. I can tell her anything and I know I would get an honest advice from her like a sister.

Same goes for Madam Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett. She has become my mother off the set. I was at her house recently, and we talked about the industry, the future, my new projects and she goes out of her way (to be of help to me). She is a real mother off the Tinsel set. Same thing goes for Beverly Naya; she is like a sister to me. We are like a big family. I am glad I am part of that production, and I hope the audience enjoys what we are giving them."

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