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Interview : Actor Onyinye Odokoro on taking on sexual roles as a Christian woman, nudity and love for books


This week, we sat with the extraordinary and talented budding actor Onyinye Odokoro, to discuss how much is too much, for Christians when taking on acting roles.
She also gave deep insight on how reading has broadened her horizon, and has allowed her to understand people from all walks of life.


Livhub: Tell us about yourself
Onyinye Odokoro : I’m an actor. Simple. That’s the bio.


LH : Could you tell us a little bit more?
OO: I’m a Christian, a book lover, fitness enthusiast, and free thinker. I love to have conversations. I’m an advocate for people doing what they’re gifted in, and passionate about. I dance with Beyonce in my head. Hahahaha. That’s enough. Yeah one more thing, I also model, and just in case someone reading this wants to hire me, I’m game.


LH : You’re a book lover, how did you fall in love with reading?
OO : I started reading, I think when I was about nine or ten years old. I just came across some James Hadley Chase, and I was intrigued. I mean I just loved it. I think I’m one of those people who didn’t have to cultivate the habit of reading. I just fell completely in love with reading.

LH: would you say that reading has impacted your acting?

OO: I don’t think there is a disadvantage to reading. Reading helps your vocabulary; you speak better. What I’ve experienced recently is that it broadens your mind, and makes you more open minded. When you read a novel or a non-fiction, you read stories about things you don’t quite understand, whether it’s bisexuality, a different religion or a different political system. Whatever it is, reading helps you understand people that are different from you, and it helps you accommodate them.
I think reading is amazing. It helps me as an actor to understand other people too. Because when you’re reading, you read about people’s personalities, and what goes on in their minds. So it helps me when I’m playing a role.


LH : As a Christian with a concrete relationship with God should you take on sexual roles?
OO : About my relationship with God and acting. Hmm. The thing is, first of all, there are no good or bad roles. I don’t think there is, except someone comes out and say they want to make pornography. But then I feel like when you’re telling a story, someone has to play whatever role. You’re telling people’s stories. They say art mirrors culture, or film mirrors culture that happens in the larger society.


With Christianity, we say we don’t classify sin, but we actually do. Like you’re taking about sexual roles, what about demonic roles? Like living in bondage. How about playing a cultist? Or roles that are very bad, in the sense of playing a bad character. Why can’t we say that those roles too are not Christian-like ? We just tilt towards the sexual roles alone.
Like I said earlier on, we’re telling someone’s story. If you’re telling a story of a commercial sex worker, a PIMP, or whoever, you have to tell that story the way that it is. These people are real people. So tell their stories.


LH : What philosophy enables you to either take on a role, or refuse it?
OO: There are preferences. There are people that don’t have a problem with exposing their bodies. Well I don’t want to use the word ” Exposing. ” Rather, I’d say using their bodies to do the art, because of course, acting is art.


Preferences is based on a lot of things: some actors just don’t want that kind of exposure. Others have a husband or a wife who would worry, so in consideration to them, they don’t take on certain roles. Some other actors don’t take on certain roles because of their Christian values personal to them.
If I’m telling a story of a girl who was raped, I want to tell it as it is. Take my word for it. If I’m telling a story of people in love, and there’s a sexual scene, I want to tell it as it is.
I don’t think God has a problem with that. However, the Bible says, in everything, there should be moderation.
I have a boundary to what I’d show to the world. Before I take on any role, as a personal rule, I check with my spirit. Is this role something I can live with? If yes, I’d beat my chest and take it.


LH: As a Christian actor should nudity be acceptable ?
OO: I read an article on nudity, there are cultures where their women don’t really wear clothes. They let their breast out, and that’s how they live. These things we call modesty, is all social construct. Before Adam and Eve sinned, they were naked. I don’t think it’s a problem to God. I think a lot of things we think matter to God, is not actually the problem.
In the movie twelve years a slave, The Star actress Lupita Nyong’o was stripped naked, because she was telling a story of a slave who was stripped and whipped. Yet, you don’t leave the cinema thinking oh lupita was naked. Instead your mind thinks about the injustice slaves have faced.


LH : what’s your favourite quote?
OO: If I had one, it would be a gift of a man makes way for him / her.


LH : five things you can’t live without?
OO: Water. Air. Love. Data. Passion.


LH: Any words of encouragement to creatives?
OO: I’m a huge advocate for people who do what they are gifted in, and passionate about. So I’d say, follow your passion, because life is too short to be unhappy.


LH: Thank you so much. It’s was amazing to have you here with us.
OO: It was a pleasure being here. Hahaha.

To connect with Onyinye Odokoro, follow her on Instagram @mynameisonyinye

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7 comments

  1. Adanna kelechi Akobundu

    Wow…interesting topic! Haven’t seen or read a conversation around this topic. Would love to know what people think about this. For now, I really don’t have a concrete opinion on this yet. Would need to do my research.lol

    • Venicia Iroakazi

      OK dear. Thanks so much for making out time to read. Also when you do make your research, do share your findings. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. This was an amazing read, thanks a lot

  3. Quite a nice-to-read interview with Actor Onyinye. Surely her perspective about life and her acting career is very much commendable.

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