“Nollywood isn’t challenging enough”: Ego Boyo talks about going back to acting

by Rachel Ogbu

Ego Boyo, famous for her role in the 90s soap opera, Checkmate popular is still in no hurry to return to acting anytime soon.

In a recent interview, the actress said she was more into corporate business these days but has occasionally acted in a few short films for clients, documentaries and adverts.

“Motherhood is the fulfillment of my dream. I have three wonderful children and I love them dearly. I think in our industry, it is actually something that is a bit easier to manage because we do not really work round the clock. I try to keep my ear to the ground to see what is going on because I have not left the industry,” she said.

Boyo confirms that she still plans to do films but for now she concentrates majorly on her company, Temple Productions. “We were renting out equipment and working on post-production for a number of films; we have always been in the industry. The only difference is that I have taken more of a quieter role,” she said.

About the standards of the Nigerian film industry, Boyo said in the last five years there has been a lot of progress in that direction but it is not perfect yet. “That gives me hope that maybe this is the time to do another film. That I have the cinemas now, I can go to, release my films and people would see it. At the same time, we are working on a distribution network for DVDs that does not involve piracy,” Boyo said.

She also spoke about doing something different when she returns full time to acting again. “I found out that most of the roles I was being offered was nothing challenging. It was not much different from Ann Hastrup in Checkmate or the role I played in Violated. What is the fun in that? It was never challenging enough to make me want to go back,” she said.

She added:

“Acting is something I still think about. If somebody offers me a fantastic role, I might do it but as I said till date, nobody has. I played Ann Hastrup for four years, so why would I want to keep playing the same role in a different name? Therefore, if I ever find that one challenging role, I could be tempted. Until then, I am sticking to my producing.”


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