Seyi Hunter, is an actress, sex vlogger, filmmaker and an entrepreneur who has managed to be awesome at all that she finds up her sleeves. In this Interview with Dove Bulletin, she addressed life, sex, career and the Nigerian showbiz industry.
You have a degree in Performing Arts, have you always wanted to go into acting or did being an actor happen to you by accident?
The fact is that when I gained admission into the university, it wasn’t in the Performing Arts department. They gave me Sociology and Psychology. I had to do a change, of course, to do Performing Arts because that was what I really wanted and I loved it. I had actually wanted to go into acting from childhood, but the opportunity never presented itself. That was why I went to study Performing Arts in school. After that, I figured I would be able to break into the industry since I had a certificate in hand. Unfortunately, it is never that easy. You actually don’t need a certificate to be an actor, you just need passion and also meet the right persons.
Were your parents in support at the time?
Yes, they were. My family members are my biggest supporters.
What was your first experience of Nollywood like?
It was absolutely fun. The first person I met was Funso Adeolu. He was the one who brought me into the industry. You know how it is when you meet someone that believes and supports your dreams and wants to nurture you. Such a person goes all out to teach you the ways of the industry and you learn the ropes. So all that made my first experience in the industry fun and really great. Funso told me the dos and don’ts of the industry if I wanted to succeed in the industry and have a very good name.
Many believe keeping one job in Nigeria no longer pays all the bills, what is your extra job?
The truth is that acting hasn’t even started paying my bills yet. I also run a beauty pageant, Miss Bikini Nigeria International. That is my baby. I am also a sex vlogger. I equally have an online store where I sell lingerie. Most of all though, I am a filmmaker. I produce movies and that is where I make my money from in the movie industry. I produced ‘Indecent Assault’, ‘Gone Grey’, which was in the cinemas last year. I’ve also done ‘Ajo’, a Yoruba movie that was recently released. My latest job, however, is ‘Ferret’ which is not in the market yet.
Acting hasn’t started paying me yet. Acting will still pay eventually, but right now, it is not paying enough. It is the passion that keeps one going. To survive in this industry, you have to have a passion for the job, because once the money is not forthcoming, if you do not have passion, you will simply give up and leave.
What inspired Miss Bikini Nigeria?
As a young girl, pageantry fascinated me, I wanted to go into pageantry, but I came across sexual harassment along that line. I’m sure this is something people are even tired of hearing. The entertainment industry is male-dominated, and as a girl, it is not easy to get across without some form of sexual harassment coming your way. People see most ladies in the industry as a sex object. I never dreamt of owning a beauty pageant, but when the opportunity came, I saw it as an opportunity to help young girls and also promote our culture outside Nigeria. Every year, my top five winners go abroad to different countries. Fortunately for us, most of them get international modelling contracts. My first winner, for example, is currently based in Europe and she has been there for the past three years since she won her crown. She got an international modelling contract for five years and that was it. Miss Bikini started in 2015 and I have had three amazing, successful editions. The fourth edition is scheduled for the last Saturday in September 2018.
Sex is not a subject people readily discuss in Nigeria. You, however, via your vlog, discuss sex in a no-holds-barred manner. Why?
Nigerians are hypocritical in nature, that’s the truth. Once a person is 18+, in most cases, they are already sexually active. Married couples have sex too. But the fact remains that most people are yet to realise that sex is a basic thing in relationships, especially in marriage. For most women, let us be honest; if you marry a man that does not satisfy you sexually, you will most likely cheat. Some ladies say that even if a man has all the money in the world and does not satisfy them sexually, they will cheat. Most ladies I interview on the vlog, say it openly that once there is no satisfaction, they will cheat. I am trying in my own little way to curtail that cheating because most men do not even know how to pleasure a woman and the same thing goes for women. That was the reason I started my sex vlog, to help people understand themselves and their special capabilities because we all have it in us and we simply have to bring it out. Some people are so shy that they can’t do the needful. People publicly tend to criticise, but you won’t believe the emails I receive on a weekly basis. People tell me to thank you because they say that I have actually improved their relationship.
Are you a feminist?
Am I a feminist? I don’t know! I just don’t like it when men feel that they are superior or without men women can’t do anything. Hell no! We are our own people, we can stand on our own feet.
What’s your take on Nollywood as it is today?
Nollywood is getting bigger. I tell people that once God leads you to Nollywood, it is an open field or a river where you can swim into from any angle without any disturbance or interference – if you know what you are doing. Now, we are competing with international brands, we have got the international recognition we wanted for so long. We are making movies and making our capital, and we are still growing.
What was your biggest challenge before you made a headway in the industry?
Getting the right contact. It is not easy. You go for auditions and you don’t get picked for jobs. Sometimes you are asked who you know in the industry. I came in through the Yoruba arm of the industry, and what was in vogue was the ‘oga’ thing, the person that brought you into the industry. It was the biggest challenge for me. I wanted to come in through the English arm; most people think I am Yoruba but I’m Igbo, originally from Imo State. So since I didn’t get an opportunity in the English arm, I tried Yoruba and fortunately, I met Funso Adeolu and he helped me. Once I got into the industry, I switched to English where I actually wanted to be. I speak Yoruba fluently and I write it, so eventually, I just did both.
Which role took you out of your comfort zone?
Do I have a comfort zone to start with? I have played different roles, so I don’t know if I have a comfort zone. There was a job I went to do in Port Harcourt a couple of years back, ‘Good Girls Gone Bad’, that was the most challenging for me. I sprained an ankle while on the job because it was like an action movie. I did things I didn’t imagine I could do on a normal day. Like if you offer me money to do some of those things, my answer would be Hell no!
What’s your typical day like?
I’m actually an indoor person. If I’m not on location or at my Surulere office, I’m home. Once in a while though, I take myself to the cinemas.
Have you ever turned down a role?
Yes, I have. I have turned down about two. I had to expose my body and go almost naked with only panties and no bra. That was too much for me and I said no.
In your opinion, what is the secret to becoming a star?
The first thing is passion. It is perhaps the most important thing. The people who have the notion of making money have it wrong. People who have never acted before, you would be surprised at the kind of plans they have for money they intend to make in the industry. You also have to be consistent and patient.
Are the wedding bells tolling for you anytime soon?
Ah! I don’t know. I don’t like putting my relationship out there. It is extremely private. I’m a private person. Even my friends know nothing of it let alone my fans and others out there.
What’s your next conquest?
I intend to go to the Eastern part of Nigeria. That’s my home base and I have some productions that I want to work on in the East. I want to do more in the East.