She has featured in not less than 40 movies. Following her roles in movies, Oge is often seen as one of Nollywood bad girls.
But is Oge really bad? That was why Saturday Vanguard went after her, but it was frustrating. Twice she failed to show up as our guest actress for the week.
Marriage has really changed your look? My brother, I give thanks to God for whatever comes my way. It all depends on where you find your own love. But what matters is that you live peacefully in life.
But you still bear Oge Okoye your maiden name? While I was in school. I was always going for auditions. And, where is he from?
My husband is from Imo State. How did you meet him? I met him on a set while shooting in a club. He thought I was a prostitute. He thought I was a call girl. They waited for us to finish shooting and one thing led to the other. We exchanged phone numbers and that was it. He kept calling and after, a while I saw that he was serious and decided to give him a chance. What was growing up like? I was over pampered as the only child.
And my mum was always particular about the way I conducted myself. Though I felt a bit lonely as a child but growing up was fun for me. Who were you closer to, Mum or dad? My dad was someone who was always on the road for one business trip or the other. So, each time I was in difficulty, I always ran to my mum who provided me with refuge.
Even when I told my mum I was going into the movies, she gave me all the support and encouragement I needed from her. Can you describe the relationship between you and your dad? He was into distribution, with Nigerian Breweries, Coca Cola, and other many companies as his major clients.
So, he was a very busy man. But trust me, I was sneaking out whenever my parents were not around to play with other kids in our neighbourhood. My parents restricted my movement to only going to school and attending extra-moral lesson. And from there to bed. It helped me to be focused and independent. I grew up knowing what I really wanted out of life.
You said you told your mum everything. Did you also tell her when you had your first boyfriend? If you were really close to your mother, how did you break the news to her when you first saw that blood stain menstrual flow? But I maintained my stand, saying nobody touched me. And she now had to speak in our local dialect, Idi sure na onwere onye meturu gi aka?
Are you sure nobody touched you? Then, she asked me to go and clean up. She later fixed me up. It was after few days that she sat me down and started counseling me. She told me that I have to be more careful and stop playing all those rough plays with boys of my age. I got to know that if I had to continue to play with those boys, I might end up getting pregnant and my dad would disown me.
At this point, did you dream of becoming a movie star? I still remember vividly how my mother told me that while I was in primary school, I used to show-off each time I put on my Cinderella clothes. And how I would always tell them, I wanted to become an actress. I also remember her telling me how I would spend several hours admiring myself before the mirror, while preparing to go to church. Even when it was time to go and further my education, I opted to study Theatre Arts.
I was between 15 and 17 years then. He had problems with his lungs, I was told. Was he into smoking and drinking? We were told his food was poisoned and that was what affected his lungs. The poison was the slow-killer type. How did you get the news that he was dead? Somebody came to relay the news to me while I was still an undergraduate at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Unizik Awka. When I got home, I was asking after my dad and the note he left for me.
Meanwhile, before that day, while I was still in school, I saw something like an apparition where my dad appeared to me dressed in white in my dream. So, after that came family pressure and all that. How did you cope? Because I had to face a lot of challenges here and there. How did you find yourself in the movie industry? I was so happy the day I announced it to anybody who cared to listen.
Have you ever experienced such incident? A long pause Not at all. How much was your first pay? Hmm, my first pay was about N9, And you were excited? It was just the excitement. I was just happy because I was recognised among a lot of people that came for the same audition. Most times, you flare up in movies. Is it the real Oge coming into play, or just a make- believe? I do have a temper but I can handle it. First, you being able to handle it. And you not being able to handle that temper.
That is not me. My husband, my baby and others. You know, men are like babies. She should know when her husband is angry or happy, know when to raise issues that needs to be dealt with. I have a lot of responsibilities now. How far did your first movie go?
After my first movie, it took a while before I got another role which I played a lead. It was after featuring in that movie that I exploded. I saw it as a starting point. My co-actors then encouraged me, and these are people I still look up to, like Charles Okafor.
It was kept for Eucharia Anunobi. The audition that day was tough because I was kept waiting for about five hours. What did that movie do for you? Oh, it went far. That movie was like a turning point in my life. After that one, some cast and crew came looking for me with my picture from Lagos and I played the role of Sister Mary. So, how did it help you financially?
It helped me to become independent financially. While building up your career, did you at any point turned down scripts? How could I have rejected any script at that time.