Personality Of The Week

Personality Of The Week – Makida Moka

Winner of Face of Sleek 2009, she has walked the runway of most fashion shows in Nigeria. She played the role of “Adanma” a rape victim, in “Code of Silence”, a movie which shows the travails of rape victims. Half Nigerian, half Carribean, she is Makida Moka.

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Makida Moka

Q: Let’s meet Makida Moka.
A: I’m a Model and an Actress, born to a Nigerian woman and a man of Caribbean descent with Nigerian family. I’m 24 years old and I have a younger sister.

Q: You were very young when you were crowned Face of Sleek in 2009, 17 to be precise. Can you tell us what the experience was like?
A: Yes, I was turning 18 in 2 months. It was amazing. I learnt a lot in the month the competition happened. I’m very thankful for the experience and I’m glad I was able to be part of it because it helped broaden my horizons. I never really knew anything about the beauty or fashion industry before then, so I learnt a lot.

Q: So tell us about school…
A: I studied Mass Communication because I had been exposed to the Media being “The Face Of Sleek” and I wanted to know about it and explore the possibilities. I really liked it, well, some modules more than others but in general, I’m happy I did it. I graduated in 2014.

Q: How did you combine education with modelling?
A: Combining school with modelling was interesting. I had to prioritise though. So, if a shoot fell on a day with a test or an important class, I had to ask if they could move it, if they couldn’t, I stayed for my class or test. Sometimes, I was back and forth like crazy but it all worked out well in the end I think.

Q: You made a switch over from modelling to acting…can you tell us why?
A: Acting was something I decided to try out, I was skeptical at first but I feel like I started out with good people that were able to guide me. I have no formal acting training, so it’s still something that I’m trying to get better at, it’s a constant thing to improve and challenge myself and see how I do and how far I can go.

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Q: So how has acting been for you so far?
A: It has been challenging but I like it and it’s something I definitely want to do more of and get better at.

Q: What won’t you be caught dead doing?
A: Well, maybe walking on the streets naked with a fully sound body and mind.

Q: Last year, you starred in a movie, Code of Silence, a feature film where you played the role of Adanma, how was it like, taking up the character of a rape victim?
A: Being Adanma was very emotional. It was a major challenge playing her, and I hope that when people watch Code Of Silence, they really connect and empathise with the story. It recently showed at the biggest film festival in Scandinavia so I’m really thankful for that.

Q: Do you have any works “cooking” which you would like to let us in on?
A: There are quite a few things happening this year actually. Mostly television. I’m quite excited and I can’t wait.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I hope that in 5 years, I can say that I’m truly happy with the way things have turned out, so I’m looking forward to the challenges that I’ll face and I’m relying on God’s wisdom and direction to keep me on the right path.

Q: What are the two most important things you would like to have achieved at the end of the year?
A: At the end of the year, I’d like to have completed the projects I have set out for the year. I’d also like to be content either way because the end of the year comes with a bit of sadness if you haven’t achieved what you hoped to. So I’d like to be able to see the blessings either way.

Q: Any advice for other youths who want to make a name in the entertainment industry?
A: I feel like people need to be sure about what they want to do, be willing to explore opportunities and be open to learning but be sure of what you want to do exactly.

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