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US-based Nigerian actress, singer, writer and model, Afrocandy, real name Judith Opara-Mazagwu, talks about her obsession with sexually explicit movies and her latest work, Destructive Instinct, in an online interview with JULIET BUMAH
Any special reason you chose the name, AfroCandy?
I chose the name because guys call me ‘Eye Candy’. And I figured, if I’m an eye candy and I’m African, I should be an AfroCandy.
Did you do a boob job or are your breasts natural?
No, I did not do any boob job. My boobs are all mine, naturally made and given to me by my creator.
Why did you go into pornographic movies?
I’m not into pornography. I’ll say this over and over. The fact that I chose to make romance and sex scenes in my movies real should not make me a porn star. Now tell me, would you call the actors that play assassin and killer roles in movies murderers because they play such roles? Why are eyebrows being raised over this my movie? Or, is it because it has to do with sex, which is supposed to be a way of life? I find that to be sexist honestly. You can call me daring, brave, bold and beautiful. And I will like you to tell me what you call movies like ‘Basic Instinct, ‘I spit on your grave’ and the likes of them. And I’ll also like you to tell me what you may call actors like Sharon Stone, Halley Berry and co for taking similar roles in those movies before I can answer you directly.
Is there a market for pornographic movies in Nigeria?
Yes, there’s definitely a big market for my kind of movies in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, judging from the responses, requests and orders I have received so far. You already know your people, they will criticise in public but go behind to buy it and hide in their bedrooms to watch it. I’m not worried about the censors board, we got that locked down.
Have you settled issues with the guy who acted in your movie, ‘Destructive Instinct,’ and wanted to pull out?
Yes, we have settled the matter and are moving on.
What was the contract like?
I wouldn’t want to go into the details; but the bottom line is, the case has been closed and we are on to the next one.
Was the guy aware that he was going to feature in a porn movie?
Yes he was. And again, not a porn movie, but he knew he was going to get naked in the movie and he willingly did it.
Why did he want to pull out?
It’s a long story and I think I already addressed that already in one of my interviews.
How do you deal with advances from men?
I don’t deal with that at all.
What is your impression about gays?
My impression about them is, they are mostly adults, they know what is right and what is wrong and choose to do what is best for them. I guess they know what they want and what they want to do with their lives. So it’s normal.
Would you act in a gay movie?
Yes, I will. Matter of fact, I have a script for that and I guess that doesn’t make me gay now, right?
Which part of your body turns guys on the most?
Ha ha ha…thats’a very funny question, but how would I even know that? I guess you should conduct a wide search for that and maybe ask the guys for that.
Uche Ogbodo has reportedly turned down your offer to feature in a porn movie. Who will you invite to replace her?
I never even spoke to her yet, only made an announcement for an up and coming production. But I have worked with bigger and better actors and will always do; so that’s not important now.
How many films have you acted in and produced so far?
As many as possible.
Where are you from? What is your educational background?
I am from Imo State in Nigeria. As per education, I am a graduate with two associate degrees in office administration and computer science; a Bachelor’s degree in business management and a graduate in medical billing and coding. I’m also getting ready to go back to school to study law.
Have Cossy Orjiakor and Anita Joseph accepted your offer?
I wouldn’t like to disclose that, but I’ll keep you posted.
How do your daughters feel about your roles in porn movies?
I may be their mother because I brought them into the world. I may have the privilege to raise them up to adult age. But you know, I cannot tell them what to do or follow at a certain age. Besides, they are Americans who have their own minds. If they graduate from college and decide to follow my footsteps, it’s their own calling. If I can predict, they wouldn’t want to do what I do because they have better opportunities and better futures than mine. All I do now is to secure a better future for them so they don’t have to go through what I went through in my life time. Mind you, I tell my daughters everything I do. I even told them about this project, the nature of it, but I could not show them because they are not up to 18 yet. I just had to prepare them in case they run into it on the Internet, they won’t be shocked. So don’t worry about my daughters, they are the best children any mother could ever ask for and I thank God for the gift.