BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Ego Boyo is popular for her role as Anne Haastrup in the late Amaka Igwe‘s 1990s drama series, Checkmate. She has been on a long break from the big screen and has been focused on working behind the scenes instead.
In a recent interview with Punch, she discussed her relationship with the late producer of the show that brought her to the limelight, her current projects among other things.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
About what spurred her decision to focus on production than acting, she said:
I enjoy producing more than I enjoy acting and I have been involved in more productions than acting, that is if you consider the number of years I have put into the latter. I set up Temple Productions in 1996, the year I stopped acting. I decided to float my company, just as the late Amaka Igwe and I were working on Violated. We started with equipment rentals, and over time, we have been involved in quite a number of projects. We were a part of the presidential campaign in 1998 and also shot a couple of documentaries.
About how she met the late Amaka Igwe and her working experience and relationship with her before she died, she said:
My dad introduced me to filmmaker, Amaka Igwe. The next time we met, my dad had passed on, so she sent a group of people to meet with me. At that time, I had graduated from school, while Igwe was working on a production. She sought to know if I was interested in acting. Since I was also keen on acting, I gave it, a shot. I read the script and got the role a day later.
When the pilot episodes were shot, I had secured a job in a bank and I didn’t know if those episodes would be picked up. Halfway through the shoot, we got a sponsor. After work, I went to location and also shot overnight. I was young and single, so I could juggle it perfectly.
She was a listening ear and we were very close; her second son is my godson. We were also discussing collaborating on a production again before she passed on. It is still a huge shock. Whenever I took a back seat, she dragged me back. Her death is one of those things you never consider. Her death left a vacuum that can never be filled.