Blarkgold aims high
Nollywood star Adediwura Adesegha (aka Blarkgold) tells Opara Gabriella about her career, her plans for films and series this year and the origins of her nickname.
Adediwura Adesegha, popularly known as Blarkgold, burst into the Yoruba industry in 2008 and has since appeared in several movies in both English and Yoruba.
The Nollywood actor has also done plenty of work off screen. She has produced a number of movies featuring other high-profile actors through her production company Blarkgold Signatures, and is a brand ambassador for Play TV, the cable network formerly known as ConSat.
Here, Blarkgold tells Content Nigeria about her plans for 2018, her Play TV role and the movies and talkshows she is currently working on, including Deep Heat, The Girl Child and Memories With Wura.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Adediwura Adesegha, a Nollywood actor and filmmaker. I am also the founder of Giving is Fun, a charity project that supports widows.
You recently became a brand ambassador for Play TV. How did that come about?
I am excited to be a brand ambassador for Play. The company has been a great supporter of my movies and Giving is Fun. I approached them with some of the movie and talkshow productions I was working on a while back, one thing led to another and I was offered this huge opportunity of becoming their brand ambassador. Who would let that slip by? I grabbed it.
You are set to host a show on Irawo on Play TV. What is it about?
My show on Irawo is titled Memories With Wura. It’s a show where invited guests share past career and life experiences.
You recently said you were planning to be of great impact to Play TV. What steps are you taking to achieve this?
I’ve got loads of entertaining and educating programmes and movies exclusively for Play TV and I promise to represent them anywhere I go.
You recently featured in a short film. Tell us about your role and how you feel about the film.
It was a short film titled The Girl Child by director MattMax. I played the Winifred, who happened to be in the wrong marriage. The story talks about rape, violence, child abuse and so much more.
What other projects have you been part of recently?
I recently shot a movie titled Deep Heat, an English-language production directed by Funso Adeolu. It features other actors such as Bolanle Ninalowo, Liz Da-Silva, Toyin Oshinaike, Funmi Bank-Anthony, Odun Agoro and Arewa Ayodeji. I am also working on my talkshow, the sixth edition of Giving is Fun and some new movies: Bile and 7PM.
What should your fans look forward to in 2018?
My fans should look forward to greatness and achievements in all areas.
This year will make it a decade since you began acting in Nollywood as a Yoruba actress. How have you evolved since then?
I’ve so far been able to carve a niche for myself. The entertainment world is highly competitive but, glory be to God, I am proud of where I am today – but not super proud, because I still have major tasks ahead.
I have learned that one needs to be versatile, creative, unique and hardworking. Spread your tentacles, get your hands on as many productive programmes as possible, in and outside your circle. Fame comes in so many unexpected ways so one needs to be a fast thinker and goal-getter. All these have been my guide.
What brought about your nickname, Blarkgold?
You won’t believe it when I tell you that I nicknamed myself with the help of a friend. On a Sunday, a friend of mine came visiting and we were engrossed, talking about the industry. I told her I wanted a nickname and she came up with Gold. I said that was the English translation of my name. She suggested other names that hinted at my complexion, like Black Babe and Black Queen, and lastly she said: “How about Black Gold?” I loved it – I immediately went on my social media handles and changed all my registered names to Adediwura Blarkgold, and my fans loved it too.
Catch Blarkgold in movies and talk shows exclusive to Play TV on Irawo, channel 300.