If I weren’t this big, I would’ve been skydiving— Eniola Badmus

With the competition among actors, how have you managed to stay relevant over the years?

I realised that there was a business side to my career and I started putting more energy into it. I do other things too such as hosting events and operating an online TV on YouTube. Basically, you would find me involved in everything that has to do with entertainment, except music.

 

You have a couple of endorsement deals. What endears your brand to these companies?

So far so good, my brand has not been controversial. You would hardly hear anything bad about me and I try to respect myself, although I am not perfect. I have managed to keep my records clean and I am good at what I do. Gone are those days when brands just signed artistes for their name and popularity. Now, they must add value.

One must have been paid a lot of money to be an ambassador for a brand. So, I promote the brand as best as possible and of course, other companies are watching. They (brands) believe I can take them to the next level.

You were part of the transition committee set up by the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, before he assumed office. How was the experience?

I never saw that one coming. I even asked myself, why me? But I thank God for that opportunity. It was a different experience for me and I actually wondered how I would cope. However, as an educated person who studied Economics as a second degree at the Lagos State University, I was able to manage.

There have been several allegations that some filmmakers demand sex from actors in exchange for roles. Have you ever had such experience?

 I have never been a victim of that, so I cannot say much about it. I’m a naturally playful person. Whenever people are around me, they always laugh and feel good; maybe that’s what has helped me in that area. While the person is probably thinking of having that kind of conversation with me, I would have made him laugh so much that he would even forget about it.

Anybody may find me sexy or attractive but I know what I’m doing and I go for whoever I want.

 

However, these things happen in all professions and not only in the movie industry. We have also heard different stories from other industries. But I am not a fan of such behaviour and would never promote it. It’s normal for a man to find a woman attractive but it should not be in return for favour or promotion. It should be by mutual consent.

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What’s your opinion about the prevalence of single mothers (baby mamas) in the entertainment industry?

 

I can’t say much about that because I am not married and I don’t have a child. I can only talk about what I have experienced.

How have you maintained a cordial relationship with your colleagues?

I don’t have enemies–at least, I feel so, because one can never tell.

You seem to be very close to Davido and Olamide. What’s the secret of your friendships?

Davido is not my friend; he is a brother from another mother. Olamide is also my ‘blood’.

The number one thing that has been working for me is that when I’m with either of them, I don’t even consider that I’m older and we relate well. They are quite respectful. I’m not particular about people calling me aunty because I’m older. I don’t care about age differences.  If I like a person, irrespective of age, then we are cool and we would flow. I think I’m just a small girl in an adult’s body. I like to relate with different people.

At the end of the day, we are all equal before God. I’m not one of those proud people that can’t talk to persons that are younger than them.

I maintain cordial relationships with my colleagues by respecting myself in my dealings with them. I don’t interfere in their affairs or fight with them. Respect is very important to me. Even if we disagree, it can never make it to social media. I must have known the person before the era of social media, so why should I drag anyone online? If I feel that someone is doing too much, I would just step aside. If any of my fight gets to social media, you can rest assured that it’s probably from the other party, not from me.

What’s your take on trolling?

I’ve always been against trolling. I get trolled a lot on social media. I feel that plus-size people in our society are not treated fairly. People tend to see them as incomplete human beings and I think that is awful and cruel. God created human beings in different sizes and shapes. If anybody trolls me and I’m in the right mood, I would reply the person. But if I’m not in the mood, I would just ignore. When I make posts online and some people call me fat or insult me, I don’t answer them because I’ve grown past that stage.

It is not right to body shame anyone. Just appreciate God’s work and move on. Live your life and let me live mine. What’s most important is that we love ourselves and let peace reign.

Has body shaming ever made you feel insecure about your body?

I believe I am the most confident person on earth because whatever any slim individual does, I can probably do better and still make good money out of it. If I were not this big, I would have been skydiving.

Have you ever considered cosmetic surgery?

Even if I am considering it, I wouldn’t tell you. What I do with my body is my business. I might wake up tomorrow and everybody would see that I have become slim. They should not be scared because that is just what I have decided to be.

I’m actually indifferent about plastic surgery but I believe I can do whatever I want with my life.

Are you in a relationship at the moment?

I’m not in a relationship. Besides, I’m not the kind of person that wants to expose whoever I’m dating or that part of my life. My relationship status has to be private.

What’s your favourite meal and drink?

My favourite meal is ikokore, and as for drink, it’s water.

What’s your favourite vacation destination?

I have never gone for vacation before. Anywhere I find myself, it’s all good.

Would you say social media is a blessing or a curse?

It’s a blessing but it all depends on how one uses it. With social media, some people feel they can talk to anybody anyhow and do whatever they like.

People say you party a lot. Do you agree?

No, I don’t party a lot. I don’t go for ‘owanbe’ (parties). I only attend social gatherings once in a while, except it’s my birthday.

What’s your relationship with Senator Oluremi Tinubu and Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo?

I have a mother-daughter relationship with Senator Oluremi Tinubu. She is my godmother and I love her very much. She is also my mother in Christ. I have known her for over 10 years now.

Mrs Osinbajo has also been a wonderful person to me. Some of her children are my friends. I’ve always moved with influential people, even before I attained my celebrity status. I can’t explain it but they just find me worthy. I love to move with the movers and shakers in society.

What’s your favourite part of your body?

I love every part of my body and everything about me.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have lots of movies that have not been released yet, including Madam Cash. But right now, I’m concentrating on Eniola Badmus TV– it is (an) entertainment (platform) without bounds.

 I’m also working on my fashion line which is strictly for plus size people.

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Have you ever been depressed?

No, I have not. I am happy to be alive because many people would have wished to be here but they are no more. I’m a happy child.

Who is your best friend in the movie industry?

I have good relationships with people but I don’t have a best friend. I try to be on good terms with almost everyone, though some people can be funny at times.

What caused the spat between you and an on-air personality, N6?

I don’t know him. I’m not even aware of his existence.

How do you fund your expensive lifestyle?

Acting and other entertainment jobs fund my lifestyle. That is what I do for a living.

Do you have a foundation?

I always feed the needy on January 1 of every year. It’s not a foundation; it’s just a way of giving back to society. I go to different orphanages to give them food items and other materials because I know how important those things are. My aim is to put smiles on people’s faces.

Do you nurse any ambition to go into politics?

Yes; maybe I’ll go into politics if God permits it.

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