In a recent interview, Kemi Lala-Akindoju talks about her career, her personal life, as well as the reason why she wore a suit to fellow movie star, O.C Ukeje's wedding last year.
Kemi Lala-Akindoju is a Nollywood actress and a producer who has steadily carved a niche for herself in the Nigerian movie industry.
Lala, as she's fondly called, has featured in many top-notch films in recent years, and even played the lead role in Tunde Kelani's Dazzling Mirage.
In an interview with Nigerian Tribune, she talks about her career, her personal life, as well as the reason why she wore a suit to fellow movie star, O.C Ukeje's wedding last year.
Read excerpts of the interview below:
Asides the glitz and glamour of showbiz, who is Kemi Lala?
I'm an expressive person, I'm the girl next door and there are no airs to me, I think the only thing besides Jesus that I'm only passionate about is my job, I can die on my job, I do it will my soul, body and mind, I breathe, eat, sleep my work. My social life is in my work. I love to play like a small child, I'm also an avid film watcher, my friends know that I have a whole night dedicated to watching movies. I love music, I appreciate every form of music, at a point, my father thought I was going to be a musician.
If not music, what were you planning to become?
I may have been a radio presenter or a teacher, because I am really passionate about history and stories of how things move from a level to another, which is why I spend time with older people, because I believe that there are things I will learn from them that I will never learn in a school. Listening to Tunde Kelani talk about things that happened a long time ago is priceless.
You caused an uproar on Twitter last year for being O.C Ukeje's bestman, why did you decide to be his best man?
I wasn't his best man, I was his groom's maid. Which is a merger of a groom's man and a bride's maid and O.C Ukeje is my bestie, he is my guy and so, when your guy is getting married, you wear a suit. We have been planning that wedding day for years, and we had agreed that I will wear a suit to his wedding and not a dress, and when he finally chose a wife, she knew that I was going to put on a suit at their wedding
So she didn't have a problem with you standing right behind her husband?
I didn't stand behind him, I was on the train with the guys, just that I wore a suit. I cannot even imagine wearing a dress to OC's wedding. Why would I? He is my ride or die guy.
You sound like a romantic person
Oh my God, I'm such a romantic person, but some people think it's because I am an actor and I live what I see in the movies, but that's not the point, I'm romantic to the point that when people say they don't like flowers, I actually love flowers, bring me flowers, I want them. I want my man to send me text messages at the middle of the day, I want him to call my name and just say he felt like calling my name. The little things matter. I'm very sensitive and emotional. I have very few friends and the people I call my friends are very few, but I love them. I am a lover and I love intensely and if you are not my kind of person, I may appear cold, which is not deliberate.