By Emmanuel Oladesu
TWENTY-YEAR-OLD Sekinat Usman, actress, producer, script author, entrepreneur, and model influencer, is gazing on the future with hope, resolve, and optimism.
As her newest work, ‘Shekinah,’ debuts subsequent Monday, the Kogi-born actress stated she is set to make a reputation within the trade by means of severe studying, endurance, and perseverance.
Since 2018, she had opted for a profession within the leisure trade, the place life is stuffed with ups and downs. To Sekinat, you will need to research and emulate the giants within the trade, who by means of their devotion, willpower, hardwork, sacrifice, and resilience, obtained to the highest.
“Performing is my profession, not a short-time vocation,” she stated as she mirrored on the journey thus far. “I’m motivated by the success tales of nice women and men within the trade, who’re my position fashions. I’m decided to succeed like them, ” she added.
As a teenage-actress, Sekinat had starred in various films, which created a path to fame for her. She performed a lead position in “Oko Ore Mi,” which she recalled, was very difficult.
Since then, she had additionally starred in quite a few others, together with Imoran, Kaffy Omo Lemomu, Ika, Ile Opo, Ibeji Mi, Simisola, and One Plus One is Three.
Final 12 months, she made progress by means of her movie, ‘Eru(Fraud),’ which was successful. Then, she began taking pictures for one more, ‘Harmful Marriage ceremony,’ which remains to be “underneath manufacturing.”
“However, I take extra satisfaction in my accomplished work, Sekinat, which shall be out on Monday. Will probably be an accomplishment and what’s going to propel me ahead to higher heights,” Sekinat stated.
Highlighting the challenges of performing and manufacturing, she stated solely those that confront the constraints can triumph. “The best problem is cash for manufacturing. I’d have executed much more. However for monetary constraint,” she pressured.
There are hues and cries within the trade concerning the frequent social deviation and adversity triggered by the weak point of human nature. Though sexual harassment just isn’t an issue that’s peculiar to actors, actresses, and managers, it’s typically blown out of proportion, with leisure celebrities paying the value of stardom.
Sekinat acknowledged that social and sexual advances are options of day by day existence, however what makes the distinction is the fashion of administration.
“It’s a alternative, not by pressure. Should you come my method and I such as you, we will be pals. We agree on boundaries. I respect my followers. At this stage, I should be targeted,” she stated.
The actress pressured the significance of position fashions within the leisure trade. She paid tribute to star actress Funke Akindele, Sola Sobowale, Mo Abudu, Adesua, Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Wasiu Adeyanju, and “Pa” Tunde Kelani. “These are my position fashions. I need to be like them. I’m able to stroll by means of their path to success and fame. I ought to brace up for the challenges,” she stated.
Though an actress, Sekinat is acutely aware of the crucial of schooling for private improvement. At present, she research Mass Communications on the Yaba School of Know-how, Yaba.
How is she dealing with performing and education? Her response:”Sustaining a steadiness just isn’t troublesome. It’s a Half-Time Programme. It’s nonetheless difficult. However, I’m coping. With out schooling, you might be incomplete.”
Sekinat has gained reasonable awards. She is the ‘Younger Actress for Entrepreneurship Ambassador from Nigeria to Indonesia and ‘The Model Influencer of Benefit Product.’
How does she hope to outlive within the extremely aggressive trade, which is domiciled in a harsh financial setting? She stated:”I perceive the elements and circumstances for achievement. These are prayers, willpower to succeed, and full focus. I attempt to do all these.”