Sassy Alex Okoroji Is An Industrious Nigerian Entertainment Entrepreneur. The Writer, Television Star And Daughter Of Ex-Musician, Tony Okoroji, Since Her Debut Appearance At The Maiden Edition Of The Popular Reality TV Show, Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) In 2005, Has Continued To Up The Ante. She Speaks To Abiola Alaba-Peters About Her Career And Various Issues.
Let us start with your exboyfriend, Kalu, who recently got married, how did take that?
Oh, I’m super excited for him. Kalu is a good man and marriage is a beautiful thing if you find the one who can make the journey worthwhile. He has found the one and I couldn’t be more proud of him and excited for the new path ahead of them both. I wish them many more blessings and love that will never wither.
Are you considering marriage any time soon?
I’m not in control of the future. But, surely if I find a man that adds incredible value to my life and makes it even more beautiful than it already is. I will be more than happy to take that journey with him. For now, I’m married to my work.
Are you in a relationship?
I’ve been separated for years….And no, I’m not in any relationship for now.
What are the qualities of your dream man?
A confident man who is not intimidated by a strong woman that is my kind of man. An attentive hardworker who is understanding, patient, secure, open minded and one who will support my growth.
Now let’s talk about your career, where have you been and what have you been up to?
I’m also happy to be lending my voice as an Advocate of Expression on a Global Stage – SpeakUp Women World Conference. I’ve been approached by many organisations- I recently became a “Women’s Mentor” for Idea Builders Initiative and have been supporting their cause against domestic violence on women and girls.
I was happy to speak and participate at their last two Twitter Conferences and I’m looking forward to being part of more. I was recently invited by LeTonya Moore, JD, in Atlanta, USA, to join their global initiative to empower women and girls around the world and I’m now officially an International Ambassador for the #SheMattersMovement Global Initiative.
I have a digital TV Spin off, for my radio show on Blab and an additional hosting slot every week for my fans to co-host with me LIVE on air, a short film I’m producing, a new book I’m co-writing and so much more. The best way for people to stay up to date is to follow me on social media, sign up for my NAKED Weekly Email Newsletter or visit my official website @ www.Alexokoroji.me
Can you act or pose naked in a movie?
Honestly, I don’t know. Why do I say so? I believe in expression. I believe every actor should be professional and committed to their art. If a good quality script demands an actor to perform a nude scene that adds value to the content or to the overall structure of its art, I don’t see what’s wrong with that. It’s all make-believe.
Art is universal and we shouldn’t let culture cheapen it. What I won’t do is strip myself for the sake of doing so just because a mischievous director requests that.A few years back, I had played a sub -lead character in a movie where I had to take off my top in a scene.
It was nicely and tastefully done. No spill out. They were meant to use the silhouette shots. I think eventually the producer was worried about censors’ board and using the original cut.
Being the daughter of a veteran musician and ex-president of PMAN, Chief Tony Okoroji, what impact has it made on your career?
I cannot deny that being the daughter of an artiste has somewhat influenced my decision to live and earn in the arts. Creativity runs through my veins. I inherited the gifts from my father. Still I have tried to separate myself from him.
I haven’t used him to directly influence my ambition. I have worked hard to earn it. That being said, I am probably feeding off indirectly from his goodwill. A lot of people respect him, so in turn, they transfer that respect to me because of my antecedents.
What’s your take on pre-marital sex?
In all honesty, I think sex has a way of complicating relationships and confusing people into thinking they are in love. My thoughts against it are more tuned towards the emotional/ psychological effect of premarital sex and not the religious sentiments. People have used religion to confuse us and divide us as a people. It seems easy to say to someone to wait till they are married because the Bible says so.
But how many people truly did so in the Bible or do so now? Everyone wants to see/test what they are buying. Would you buy a Ferrari without testdriving it first? Would you buy a phone or a television without seeing what you are getting or even fruits? I guess we are all living by grace.
The honest truth is that it is not my place to judge anyone. The choice to either stay celibate until marriage or not, is solely the decision of that person.
Have you ever been harassed or abused sexually by the opposite sex?
Harassed? Yes, but not physically. I get all those silly online emails and messages on Facebook. Some ‘so called’ fans even go as far as sending me weird images of their genitals. That’s sexual harassment my brother. I’ve also had an episode where I had to struggle with a friend. Let’s just say, it didn’t go as he planned.
Have you ever been heartbroken?
Ha, many times! I have a degree in breaking my own heart. For example, I want a big bowl of Ice-cream, I can afford to but I know it’s not healthy for me, stop myself, tell myself no, whine and nag about it for the rest of the day. (Chuckles) Okay seriously now, yes I have experienced heart break a few times. When people I trust disappoint me, it breaks my heart.
What’s the most scandalous news the media ever wrote about you? Scandalous?
I don’t even know anymore. Many sensational headlines cheapen a stimulating interview. They have claimed I suffered depression or that I dated people I didn’t even know one on one. Honestly, I don’t keep records anymore. I’m sure there’s more.
You seem to have passion for politics; are you into politics or even planning to go into it?
I get that question a lot. I think we are all p o l i t i c a l a n i m a l s just by the way we negotiate and manage our day to day lives. But no, I am not a politician. I do not even have a political ambition. I’m an artiste and I think artistes have a certain social responsibility to the people and their communities.
It is our responsibility to influence leadership as well as good citizenry, which is I joined the social pressure group #4NN For New Nigeria. We started with our immediate community pushing our vision with #4NL for Lagos and we have so much more to do in the area of social awareness, community service and empowerment.
You had been romantically linked with music stars, Obiwon, Ruggedman and Olu Maintain…
I don’t even know where those rumours emanated from. They’re completely baseless.
Can you marry a man who possesses all the qualities in your father; I mean a man like your father?
Yes! In fact I want a man like my father, maybe a little varied. But definitely someone who has values like him and is not afraid to stand for what he believes in. Someone who appreciates and understands the arts, what I do because sharing common interest is also important in relationships and marriages.