Mariah Kenturah looking for Love in Nigeria

By on April 26, 2011

Born to Sierra Leonean parents, with her grand-mother from Nigeria, Mariah Kenturah was taken to London at the age of eleven.


There, she had her early education, and eventually ended up, bagging a degree in Nursing and Dramatic Arts, at Christ The King College, London.

She has lived in London all her life, and only recently she relocated to Nigeria where she’ hopes to make career in acting.

In this interview, Mariah narrates the story of her journey to Nollywood and how she hopes to cope with the challenges that comes with what she has chosen to do in life.

Was it fun growing up in London?

Growing up was quite fun. I was troublesome and stubborn. I was also very disobedient. But I’m calmer now as a result of maturity.

How did your parents, especially your mother cope with your stubbornness?

My mum had no choice. I’m a big girl now and she’s enjoying what I have turned out to become in life. We are seven in our family.

After graduation, what did you do to earn a living?

I started acting and modeling since I was nineteen I took part in Miss Sierra Leone in 2006. From there, I started doing commercials in London just to show off in magazines. So, after graduation, I continued in that line because I have flair for it.

How did you make the cover of Nigeria’s Hair’volution magazine?

The publisher, Seyi Allen and his wife Azeezat contacted me and told me they wanted me to provide them with a picture of me wearing a green extension. I thought it was cool so I gave them what they asked for.

Did you make enough money doing all that?

Yes I did. I didn’t adorn the magazine cover because of the money but money later came along. So far, I enjoyed it.

You said you love acting too, who were the stars you’ve acted with?

I think one of the first movie I did was with Rita Uzolu, the big woman that acted in Ukwa alongside Nkem Owo. She was the director. She also taught us how to act in different movies. So I worked with her in London.

While in London, did you face any kind of harassment from your directors and producers before you were given any role to play?

Well, the funniest thing was that it was when I got to Nigeria that I started hearing about these stories. I didn’t know that such things exist here. But in London, they are unheard unless the lady involved really wants to do it on her own. So, I didn’t face such.

Why did you relocate to Nigeria?

I came to Nigeria to develop my acting career because Nigerians are goal-getters. They strive to achieve whatever they wanted in life. So, I’m here to develop my talent. Someone once asked me why I decided to come to Nigeria, and I told the person, I’m an African and I love to get involved in the African movie for now. And Nollywood is leading in Africa, so I believe I’m in the right place.

Was it because you couldn’t stand the competition in London, or you thought relocating to Nigeria would give you the break you needed in your acting career?

That’s not true. Everything in life is a matter of choice. If I want to go for Hollywood, I could. I am pretty you know. But it’s because I chose to do something in Africa.

So, what’s the unique thing do you have to offer in Nollywood?

Everyone has unique gift in him or herself. I believe that I’m a goal getter. I’m determined and nothing is going to put me down. Even if I’m faced with criticism and competition, I’ll not give up, because I’m not here to compete.

About May Iranola

My Name is Mary Iranola and I am an editor here at NollywoodSecrets. NS is a website dedicated to bringing you all the little secrets of the nollywood scene. I write from London England.

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