.Award-winning, scriptwriter and Nollywood producer, Emem Isong, has wormed herself into the hearts of many film lovers with her numerous works, which include Breaking Point (1996), A Minute To Midnight (1997), Emotional Crack (2003), Private Sin, Games Women Play, Games Men Play, Behind Closed Doors, Ekaette and others. The University of Calabar Theatre Arts’ graduate, who left the banking hall for a life in entertainment, started her own movie production outfit, Theatre Images, in 1994. She won the Reel Best Actress and Best Upcoming Actress of the Year Awards in 2003. Reloaded (2008), one of her films, was nominated for African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Scriptwriting, Editing and Music. Emem tells DANIEL ANAZIA what fashion is to her.
WHAT’s your definition of fashion?
It should be a thing to be comfortable in, beautiful and timeless.
Uniqueness of your style
I love being classic and timeless. I’m not too much into what’s 'in vogue'. I may wear few designer pieces because they are comfortable and durable, but not just because it is a designer label.
I love black because it makes me look classy and it goes with every other colour. It also has a slimming look.
Favourite piece of clothing
I wear more of jeans trousers than other clothes because of the nature of my work. Jeans is durable, good looking and can be accessorised with the right jewelries.
Most expensive fashion piece ever bought
How often do you update your wardrobe?
As often as I travel.
What would you not be caught wearing any day?
What would you consider as fashion faux pax?
Not wearing the right under garments under the right dress.
Secret of your beautiful skin
I use mostly Clarins products.
Favourite signature scent
Perfumes are my soft spot, I actually collect a lot. It’s hard to choose a favourite, but I’m hooked to Black Orchid by Tom Ford.
My favourite food is my native Afang soup. Though I’m learning to eat more of vegetables, salads, sea food, etc, I also like Chinese foods.
I like hard working, go-getters, gutsy and creative people.
I hate dishonesty, hangers on, back-stabbers and cheats.
What would you consider sexy in men and women?
In men, it’s being self-assured, confident and wearing a good after-shave cologne. In women, it’s more of a mystery.
What is on shopping radar for the month?
Choice travel/holiday destination
The United States for its liberal lifestyle. I have a lot of friends and family members there too.
Philosophy of life
Live and let live! Let the eagle perch and the sparrow, too.
What would you like to change in Nigeria, if given the opportunity?
The electric power situation!
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