The Entertainment section of Worldpaddy is pleased to announce our May “#BNMeetTheStar”! For those unfamiliar with this column, BN Meet The Star features a star actor from a popular film as we learn more about them and the film in which they acted.
Take a look back at our previous interviews with Maryam Booth, Ini Dima-Okojie, and Cynthia Ebijie.
Blessing Jessica Obasi, who stars in Niyi Akinmolayan’s film “Prophetess,” was our guest this month. In this new interview, she introduces herself to us, shares how she juggles all of her positions, discusses the film’s lessons learned, and more.
You’re actually starring in a film that just opened in Nigerian theaters. That’s fantastic. who is Blessing Jessica Obasi?
Blessing Jessica Obasi is a woman who has been blessed by God. I’m just a regular woman. God’s grace is evident in the extra mfph you see. I work as both an actor and a producer. I’ll tell you something about myself: I’m the one you call when you need a production miracle. I don’t believe in impossibilities.
You’re not only an actor, but also a producer and a business owner. How do you juggle all of your responsibilities?
It will not be a stroll in the park, I assure you. I’ve deliberately and regularly groomed people and surrounded myself with people I can trust to manage one aspect of my company while I’m focused on another. They claim that no man is an island. I’m just grateful to work with such a great group of people. They keep the systems up and running while keeping me informed. As a result, I’m never behind in any of these various aspects of my life.
What was it like for you to shoot the movie “Prophetess”?
It’s almost surreal. Niyi Akinmolayan is a huge fan of mine, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in the past. I was extremely happy when I received the call about playing Deborah. It was brand new. It was thrilling from the beginning to the end of the shoot.
The sites, partnering with industry veterans and a slew of other extremely talented teammates, and meeting the people of Alata village, to name a few highlights. It was fantastic.
How did you go about getting into character?
Laughs… The script had to be read and reread several times. I arrived on location a week before, paid for someone to come teach me the Yoruba dialect of Ibadan, went to some white garment churches to see how they ministered, and then introduced humor.
From your character in “Elevator Baby” to “Game of Chess” to now “Prophetess,” we’ve seen you mature. How has the trip been in retrospect?
Oh my goodness! It was genuine! So true. Every time I get a new script, particularly one that features a character who is completely unlike me, I think to myself, “Let’s flex these acting muscles one more time.” It’s been a long journey. I’m surprised by myself at times. I’m thankful for the progress that has been made. I put in a lot of effort, and I’m glad it’s paying off.
Was there ever a time when you considered quitting acting?
Certainly!! Most actors, I believe, have arrived at this stage at some point in their careers. It was tough in the beginning. Some days were more difficult than others, particularly because I was leaving a well-paid job in the oil industry to pursue my dream. But I kept reminding myself of my “whys,” which kept me going. Now, look at God.
What do you think one of the most important lessons you learned on the set of “Prophetess” was?
You will be amazing no matter where you come from. Your degree of greatness is not determined by your history.
What are some of the themes that you think the audience would enjoy in the film?
I’m not going to send any spoilers, but there are quite a few. However, h’am your fans! VISIT PROPHETESS NOW!
What career would you pursue if you weren’t an actor?
marketing I believe I am the youngest Iyaloja in Lagos Island, with a chain of stores. Seee. Forget about this geh sabi marketing work.
What else do we have to look forward to from you?
More blockbusters are on the way. There’s a lot of freedom here. In conclusion, my finest work has yet to come. On Iroko TV, you can watch the series Picture Perfect. Keep an eye on Blessing. Jessica Obasi is a Nigerian actress.