I Have Remained A Faithful, Loving And Obedient Wife-Monalisa Chinda

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I Have Remained A Faithful, Loving And Obedient Wife-Monalisa Chinda

Her acting prowess cannot be easily taken away. And, despite her marriage to a showbiz personality with an 11-month-old baby to nurse, Nollywood producers still scramble for the pretty lady, who has acted her way into many hearts.

Her acting prowess cannot be easily taken away. And, despite her marriage to a showbiz personality with an 11-month-old baby to nurse, Nollywood producers still scramble for the pretty lady, who has acted her way into many hearts.

Getting Monalisa (nee Chinda) for a chat wasn't too much of an easy task but with help of her London returnee hubby, Dejo Richards, this first child of six children, who is born to an Ikwere, Rivers State father and an Igbo mum, obliged a chat at the couple's Maryland home in Lagos.

Monalisa is one of the most sultry actresses the Nigerian movie industry has ever produced. But how did it all start?

"I didn't set out to be an actress. Acting wasn't what I wanted to do. My parents wanted me to become a lawyer, and as at that time I wasn't sure what I wanted for a career, which made matters worse. But I later decided to read theatre arts. And it just happened like that. Maybe I would say it is divine because no one influenced me. I just don't know now what the motivational force behind it was. I mean, I just got into the University of Port Harcourt and I went for it. Honestly, I don't know what pushed me into studying theatre arts, but I just enrolled and that was it."

How then did she pull through and what was her father's reaction?

"My parents objected completely. They didn't find it funny but they later got used to it. My father didn't understand why I would want be an entertainer for the rest of my life. He didn't really come to terms with the profession as at then. But not anymore. Parents think highly of entertainment now than before. Right now they have accepted the profession."

In so short a time of her incursion into full time acting Monalisa seems to have made quite a name for herself. Her sterling translation of her roles in television soap Heaven's Gate and movies like Golden Moon, Spirit of Love, Total Control, City of Angels, The Devil in Her, Blind Obsession, Girls in the Hood, One Bullet, Return to Me, Romeo, Sound of Love, Indecent Desire, Honey Desire, Poisonous Affair, Save a Soul, Tears of Sacrifice, Desperate Ambition, Extreme Treasure, Executive Mess, Next Door Neighbour, Salt and Pepper, Broken Pieces and Games Men Play has no doubt stood her out.

An actress with a good sense of humour, the University of Port Harcourt graduate complemented 2008 with a baby. So, how has motherhood been with the rigours of her career?

"Coping with motherhood has been fun and extremely exciting. My daughter is the most interesting thing that has ever happened to me, I am happy to be a mother and I have been coping with motherhood, marriage and career brilliantly.

"Well, I cope with my baby and set because I make sure I give her all she wants and aside this, I have a personal assistant who ensures the safety and well-being of my child while I am on set and as soon as I am through, I take control of my duties as the mother. It has been quite interesting and nothing too stressful about it."

If one thing can't just be wished away when talking to Monalisa, it's definitely her husband. This is her take on her other half: "I met my husband sometime in 2002. A friend of mine introduced me to him. I think I was just coming from church or something and we exchanged pleasantries and that was all about it. In 2004 we met again in England and that was how we started dating seriously before he now proposed.

"The point of attraction for me wasn't what many look out for in a man. I love my husband because I saw in him potentials that many didn't notice, something that wasn't usual, and something that is much more than success. I saw his brilliance, intelligence and yearn for success in life. He was more than what he knew he was and that for me was what I spotted first in him. Many people go for his neatness, fashion sense and good look, but for me it was something he didn't even know. I was looking at him but was really considering his inner attribute and talent. This drew me to him.

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