By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Because royalty should never be slept on.
I am not sure I remember the first time I saw Nollywood Actress, Chacha Eke on screen. I had somehow given up on Asaba Nollywood a few years ago, so when she became a Screen goddess, I was not exactly following up anymore.
You see, I grew up watching many Nollywood movies. My mom is such a huge fan of the Industry (both English and Yoruba speaking and these days, Hausa even though she has no idea what they’re saying) and so we watched Nollywood a lot while I was growing up.
It is one of the reasons I fell hopelessly in love with the Industry and knew I wanted to be there.
So yes, I can probably sing old soundtracks for you (i sabi the ones wey get ordinary sound no soundtrack sef), quote some of the most famous lines from movies from the 90s and early to mid 2000s and, I can tell you without stuttering how adverts used to be made back in the day.
I was a huge fan.
However, years after I ditched Nollywood and cheated on it with Hollywood – because like most Writers my age, I believed making movies like Hollywood was the way to go – Chacha Eke was making her way to the top of the acting ladder.
One day, after I had slowly begun to make my way back to my first love, I sat through an entire movie featuring Chacha Eke.
Thing is, I had heard about her before then. I had seen pictures online, I had seen blogs say a thing or two about her but I had never seen her act.
So it was no surprise that she sucked me in the instant she appeared on screen for a full minute.
Nah forget, this girl can act.
Actually, as I write this, I cannot remember the title of the movie I saw her in. But I can remember every reaction, every move and every moment she held and made hers.
Ms Eke enters a scene and everything else pales in comparison to her. Even when draped in unflattering outfits (as is the way of Nollywood Costumiers), she still slayed.
See, Chacha Eke is the Queen nobody told you about but who can redeem that arm of Nollywood everyone seems to have given up on.
She is Genevieve Nnaji, Bimbo Akintola and Mercy Johnson all rolled in one. Her ability to interpret roles like it is her reality is a breath of fresh air, her decision to speak English without phony accents is soothing and her beautiful dark skin in the midst of so many badly bleached light skin actresses is refreshing to see.
She may never win an Oscar because quite frankly she doesn’t need one to shine and she may never feature in too many big screen movies because again, her personality is wider than what any big screen can offer but truth is, Chacha Eke has already owned her throne and nobody can take it from her.