I was one of the First Actresses to Produce her Movie in Nollywood – Rukky Sanda



producer, Rukky Sanda has been receiving so much attention this past few weeks starting from her birthday, to the premiere of her new movie, Dark.

The 31 year old actress was in an interview with The Sun Newspaper recently. Read the chat below;

When asked about her new movie, ‘Dark‘, dhe responded; I was actually writing Walls Within, a romantic comedy and all of a sudden my creative juices dried up. I think I was in my room and it was dark. I think that was how I came up with the title. When I finished writing, I could barely see what I’d written because I was just scribbling everywhere. It took me about another whole day to try and figure out my own handwriting. Dark is something different. It’s actually not your regular Nollywood movie; it’s a thriller.

On becoming a producer, she replied; It was a business decision because at that time, actresses were not well paid. I decided to go into production because I’d always been a business person. I think I was one of the first actresses who produced her own films in Nollywood. I made my debut in 2004 and produced my first movie in 2005. 10 years have rolled by ever since. I was already doing business when I got into Nollywood. I mean, I used to sell stuff so I had my own cash. And obviously mom supported me with a loan which I later paid back. Starting out I wouldn’t say was easy because as at 2005, N3 million was a lot of money. I’ m my executive producer. It’s not like I don’t believe in executive producer hunting but it is just not my thing.

Further asked about her first movie, She replied; Some people are still owing me money for my first movie. In fact, one is still owing me N.8 million. He’s a fel­low producer I gave my master copy. He was supposed to drop it off somewhere but he dubbed it behind my back and started selling it to television stations. By the time I took the movie out, everywhere I went people said they already had it. To this day, he’s not been able to come up with the money.

On making money: Yes of course; if I’m not making money I wouldn’t be here. It’s been a blessing and an amazing experience, a mixed grill to be precise. We’ve had serious issues with piracy and all of that stuff this year. I actually said ‘Rukky, you’re not doing movies anymore!’ And then I started focusing on my interior design business. But the truth is that at the end of the day, I have scripts I have written which I want to produce. It’s fun anyway but I don’t think I could ever quit producing movies; I love it though it’s stressful.

On her fashion sense; It just means expressing yourself the way you want and being comfortable in your own skin; it’s all about being com­fortable and happy with yourself.

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