|Super Actress: Kristie Ekong|
Nollywood has come of age and carved its impact on a worldwide audience. As the big old names gradually become less visible, movie audiences in Nigeria and other countries have been rewarded with outstanding performances and the ever rising profile of pretty Miss Kristie Ekong from Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria.
Having become a registered actress with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in the year 2009 shortly before her call to the National Youth Service Corps programme, the young queen of the stage returned with full zeal and determination to the movie making theater in the year 2011.
Despite the fact that Kristie is constantly on the move to different film locations within and outside the country, Leisure Quest managed to grab an interview with her when she signed up with the wave making movie house: INNERSTREGNTH PRODUCTIONS, founded in 2016 by prolific actress/producer: Sedater Saviour.
While onset of the movie CHRONICLES OF MMACHI, shot in the dense forests and hills of Illah in Delta State, Kristie Ekong Ada told Leisure Quest that although she has been very active playing diverse roles in several movies over time, signing up with INNERSTRENGTH PRODUCTIONS has made all the difference in her career.
|Kristie Ekong acting alongside the maverick of Nollywood: Zack Orji|
ADVICE FOR MOVIE MAKERS
Kristie Ekong emphatically states that working with the highly talented and experienced Sedater Saviour has made her to realize that what will take Nollywood to the level of Hollywood is when producers and directors up their game. Miss Ekong advised movie makers to borrow a leaf from the production prowess of Sedater Saviour by ensuring that they do proper research and undergo the right training before venturing into movie production. The popular actress also said that actors and actresses also require training but affirmed that training does not necessarily formal education although being fluent in the languages used in the movies is an important factor.
|Celebrating a career with a promising future|
Kristie Ekong who holds a Bsc in Genetics/Bio-Tech from the University of Calabar, told Leisure Quest that when she started out in formal acting, she was living in Enugu and at the time she couldn’t speak the indigenous language of the people around her and whom she worked with. At some point (as she recalls) someone even told her she should go back to her state because she would never make it in the industry. However, the young mega star said she took this as a challenge and it spore her to put in her very best and before she knew it, she was acting side by side with virtually all the big names in Nollywood.
|In the movie My Side of the Story, Kristie stars alongside Ngozi Ezeonu and many other big names in the industry|
Kristie Ekong says it would be an uphill task to know how many movies she played lead and second lead roles in. She however said she had great outings in the movies: Blood Money, Idemili (a historic epic), Sunny Bobo, Treasure, My Brother My Enemy, The Storm, My Side of the Story and Freedom In Chain and The Local Chief.
|Kristie Ekong the Fashionista|
Kristie Ekong is a fashion designer/dress maker but she insists that she was born an actress and acting is her first hobby and career.
The popular actress said that she plans to delve into script writing in the future. She said although she missed out on an opportunity to do a movie shoot in Germany in the year 2016, she has plans to be on the world stage and dreams of the day when she will star alongside big names in Hollywood and the European film world.
See more pictures of Kristie Ekong on and off-set:
|Ngozi Ezeonu and Kristie Ekong|
|Kristie and big brother in the industry Nkem Owoh|
|Kristie Ekong and the fiery man of the screen: Alex Usifo|
|The action lady with the gun on set|
|Kristie goes spiritual in 30 Minutes From Hell|
|The action cop on set|
|Kristie in her most dramatic transformation on set ever|
|Playing the fearful demon|
|Another action shot on set|
Written by Eloho Ikede
Special appreciation to INNERSTREGNTH PRODUCTIONS