Dear Mother was one of my favourite sitcoms, well…when Sharon Ezeamaka was still on it. Then she disappeared, but before she did, I already had wild dreams about her. I remember I promised my mom that I would bring her home as her daughter in-law. She loved the idea though I had not met her in real life then.
One day, my friend, David Nnaji, who is also a major face on the show introduced me to Sharon while they were on set in Surulere. Slowly, I started meeting Sharon at events and admiring her more, but I became greatly worried when she went off screen, thinking she had abandoned acting.
Sharon is one of the rising stars in Nollywood as she has been acting since she was 5 years old and she definitely is on top of the list of Nollywood’s best child actors. She is very articulate and wise beyond her years and it’s always a pleasure to watch and listen to her.
Where have you been? No one has seen you on screen? What happened?
I decided to take a break from acting, to re-invent myself.
Let us go back to the past. How did you start as a child actor?
I started out as a child model, doing commercials. My then modeling agent got me a role in a movie in 1997 titled ‘Narrow Escape’. I was 5 years old and that was the beginning of my acting career.
For you as a child actor, what was the most exciting moments in your career?
Every moment was exciting because I was in love with my job. The whole process, getting the script, reading and studying the character, recording, it was all amazing.
There is the emergence of New Nollywood. I am amazed that you are not part of it. Why?
I am a part of it – you just haven’t seen anything new from me yet. And you will, soon.
Most of the child actors had to leave acting to pursue their education. So, tell me, do you feel the need for that education or you just wanted to fulfill all obligations?
Education is important, but I strongly believe that before you go off to college, you need to decide what you really want to do and study that. Not study medicine and then end up as an artist. Education is about improving yourself, not fulfilling an obligation.
If you are to return to acting, what actors would you like to work with?
I’m still acting, in Nollywood; I’d love to act with every actor. It’s a different experience with different actors. But I’d absolutely love to do another movie with RMD and Stella Damasus.
There are so many directors making their mark on the centre stage at the moment. Who are the directors you really want to work with?
I’m a huge fan of Kunle Afolayan’s work and I’d love to work with him. Desmond Elliot, Moses Inwang and Mildred Okwo
During the years when you started, did you ever feel that you will take a break from acting? Or was this just the way your parents wanted it to happen?
I didn’t think I was going to take a break but the break was entirely my decision. I have amazing parents, they always support me.
Are you in a relationship? Does it distract?
No, I’m not at the moment. It didn’t distract me when I was in one.
Do you have plans of coming back to the film industry?
I never really left; I will always be an actor.
If there is anything you want to change about Nigeria, what is it?
I’d love to change the way a lot of parents think, I understand that you want to protect your child, but you can’t do that forever, you need to let your child make mistakes and learn, its a process.
Do you have hope in the political system of Nigeria?
Yes, I hope it’ll get better.
What are your dreams and aspirations?
My dreams are HUGE! But in summary, I aspire to be the absolute best in all the different things I want to do. To leave a life-long legacy and make an impact in as many lives as I can through all I aspire to do. I want to leave my mark on the sands of time!
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