The life of an actor is very unpredictable. One moment you are riding high on the frequency of acting jobs that you are booking, the next you’re two full months into a drought – no auditions, no booked roles. It lifts you up and can very quickly humble you. But what if you’re just consistently booking increasingly significant roles? Well, then you’re probably Adesua Etomi. Only starting her Nollywood career in 2014, Etomi has, in the span of four years, achieved a level of stardom that it takes many people far longer to attain. Talent and God aside, how else is this achieved? Well, a serious case can be made for charm. No, not juju, but the power or quality of delighting, attracting, or fascinating others. Immediately I walk into the dressing room at Bics Garden in Lekki, where the cover shoot is taking place, I experience that energy. Adesua stands there, cool as a cucumber in her first outfit of the day – a fun, frilly, yellow and black maxi dress. Her hair is dyed a subtle shade of burgundy, and has been newly cut. It frames her face very nicely. I’m not so keen on the dress she has on, it’s very cute, just not as exciting as I’d like. She agrees. There’s a more mustard number – same design – that she much prefers. I see it. I agree. We take that dress along with us to the first site. She’s happy to do some shots in the yellow and black and then change.Adesua is a natural in front of the camera. She claims to be photo-shy and I suppose there could be some truth to that. A thespian’s job calls for make-believe and finding the truth in pretense, after all. Has she assumed a character, more confident and photo-ready than her actual self for this shoot? Perhaps. But even when the camera goes off, her energy is still the same. She is a ray of sunshine; goofy, candid and really just a joy to be around. Spending the afternoon with Adesua Etomi as she shoots some of my favourite looks for what has become one of my favourite editions, was really one burst of inspiration after another. Her warmth was felt by everyone from start to finish. These are the qualities that people remember. Being talented is great (and she is), but to also possess a personality that exudes warmth, kindness and empathy? Well, that’s that star quality that we constantly speculate about.I concede that charm can be quite difficult to identify via text, but I dare you not to smile at least once during this interview. SONIA IRABOR.
Find excerpts from the exclusive interview below.
If you could, at this very moment, go anywhere – with no limits – where would you go and why?
I’d go to space. I’m very curious about the things that I can’t see and things I haven’t experienced. I know that there are many places on earth but I’m very curious about space and particularly envious of people that have been. They’ve experienced what most people have never – and will never – experience.
Do you agree that if you share your private life with the rest of the world, it is no longer yours alone?
I don’t necessarily agree with that because it depends on what is consistently shared. People share what they are comfortable with and withhold what they’d rather keep private. I can see the rationale behind it, but I don’t think it’s so black and white.
You and [husband, musician] Banky [W], both made a decision to allow your fanbase to get a glimpse into your relationship. Do you think that has in any way changed or influenced the dynamic?
What’s been the biggest change in your life – if any – since getting married?
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