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DTV Bytes: "I Am Scared Of Marriage" – Nollywood Actress, Ebube Nwagbo Confesses

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Ebube Nwagbo’s parents would never have supported her if they knew when she started acting. Today, her family is proud of the star she has become in the highly competitive Nigerian movie industry.

“My dad came back home one day and said he saw
a poster of a girl that really looked like me and I
feigned ignorance. I told him people look alike,”
Nwagbo said, adding “I did not have the nerves to
tell him it was me. When the movie came out, I
had to leave home for a while because I did not
know how they would feel. Luckily for me, the
movie came out, I acted a good role. They liked the fact that I did something nice. I did not give them any reason to be angry, upset or disappointed in me.

“I do not think I have given my family a reason not
to be proud of me as an actress. I think I have
made them proud in many ways and they have
given me their love and support. I am not perfect,
but I never forget where I am coming from or
heading to, no matter the madness and craziness
that comes with my profession.”

Ebube Nwagbo was 20 when she started acting,
and that was the breakthrough she needed for
herself and her family. Ten years on, and she
waxes stronger. According to her, the industry
moulded her into what she is today.

“I started acting when I was very young, I grew up
in Nollywood. It was in 2003, I was about 20 years
old then. I was still in school, so it was shuffling
school and work. I learnt the good and bad things
here. It has been a journey for me. It is like
growing. I started fending for myself and my family at that age. I grew up like that and Nollywood kind of moulded me into what I am today based on where I am coming from as a person.
It became the family I know because those early years I was always on set. All I knew at that time was making movies.

“The journey so far has been smooth, it has been
rough, it has been sweet, it has been bitter, but so
far, I am thankful to God for where I am today. At
least, I am alive; I still have people out there that
still love me. In as much as I do not expect
everybody to love me, I can still boast of a lot of
people that admire me for what I have become
today. It has been a smooth and rough journey so
far.

For Ebuube Nwagbo, the rough side of her Nollywood journey is dealing with the public as a
star. She noted that the public sometimes forget
that they are also humans, and so expect probably
too much from them.

“Yes, we have to be role models to people which I
personally try my best to be. But people should not condemn me when I do not live up to expectation,”
she said.

“As human beings, when we are in relationship or
marriage, what we do affects it a whole lot. That is the basic true, we can’t pretend about it. I don’t
think it is every man or woman that is with a
celebrity that likes to be in the limelight. As much
as a lot of them try to understand what their
spouses do, at the end of the day, this is Nigeria,
they might not understand all the time. It is all
about getting the person that understands and
make him believe that what you are doing is your
job. It is hard, it is quite hard but we have to live.

It’s the scary part of being a star for her. Ebube
would love to get married for love, and be in the
marriage forever, but she’s scared; too many
proposals that she’s confused who wants her for
real…and that’s why she’s still single.

“Yes I am still single. The reason is that I am
someone who has always believed in love. It is a
big deal to me so if I have to do it, it has to be
right. I am a strong believer of love.

“I get lots of proposals; it is so crazy I do not know
who to give a chance to. I think it is a price I have
to pay for stardom. Sometimes when anybody
comes my way, I do not know who wants to be
with me for the right reasons. I believe when that
day comes, I will definitely figure out who that
person is. It is not easy. What I should be talking
about is not relationship but marriage. I want to go into marriage and be in it for ever. No one goes
into marriage thinking of divorce, but it happens.
We try our best. I think I am kind of scared, but I
just have to give it a try whether I like it or not. It
just has to happen and happen right; at the right
time.”

No one can rule out the possibility of Ebube going
back to her first love who couldn’t cope with her
job; maybe he’d understand it’s just a job, and
nothing that happens there is real. Ebube still
thinks of him; he’s the first guy to show her the true meaning of love.

“We met in my first year in school, second
semester. We won the best couple on campus. We
had this bond and everybody wanted to be like us. I got into the movie industry and it didn’t work out
again. I really liked him. So far, I think that is the
first relationship I had that I can really call a
relationship. That is the first time I actually knew
what love is. That is somebody I still think about
today and there is no regrets.”

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