by crossriverwatch admin
Delectable Boki born actress, Martina Kaka Obi fondly called Kaka, was born and bred in Lagos State but originally a native of Boki Local government in Cross River State. Martina started acting from Church and has performed in so many stage plays like: The gods are not to blame, Clutches of Widowhood, Mad House, The Lion and the Jewel et al.
<strong>Her acting career began in 2004 when she was introduced to a film director, Mr. Lucky Oyeniji by her uncle. According to Kaka, Mr. Lucky invited her for auditioning and she was picked and given a role. She featured in her first movie ‘House Arrest’ in 2005 and since then, Kaka’s career has soared seeing her featured alongside Nollywood super stars in TV series like: Twist of Fate, Emmanuella, Felicima, Talisman, Unpardonable Mistake, Hoodlums, Incubus, Simi’s Choice, Super Story, This Life, Papa Ajasco, Needles Eyes, The House, School, Two Sides of a Coin, Crossed Road, Comfort Zone, Behind the Smile, Girls Next Door 3, Comfort Zone and a host of others.
In this interview with crossriverwatch, Kaka says that entertainment is her life’s passion. She says she loves the job deeply. She talks about her plans for the future and those things she learnt while growing up in Boki that have become her pride as a woman.
I’m from a family of 7. 5 boys and 2 girls. I’m the 5th born. I’m blessed amongst boys. I do enjoy their brotherly protection. My dad Mr. Maurice Obi Tanu is a retired naval officer. My super mum Mrs. Grace Jabe Obi popularly called “woman leader” in Duala, she is a politician; aspiring councilor for Ogep Ward in this year’s election under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
My childhood was between my home town Boki and Lagos. I was born and bred in Lagos. I left Lagos for Boki at age 12 with my mom and brothers. My growing up then in my home town Duala Arongbang was fun. An experience I won’t forget; such as going to the stream to fetch water for drinking and having my bath in the bigger river with my friends. Go beaching, celebrate many festivals such as the New Yam Festival which is my favorite because of the way it’s been marked. I went to the farm severally with my mum though I was scared of wild animals most times. I was taught how to make garri, how to cook and more. These things are my pride as a woman today because here in the city we don’t have such privileges.
I was enrolled in St. Bridget Primary School, Ogep and later to Girls Secondary School Obubura in Boki. I did my J.S.S 1-3 then returned to Lagos to continue my studies in Ikeja High School. I wrote my WAEC and proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where I came out with an ND (National Diploma) in Mass Communication. I went further to Olabisi Onabanjo University for HND (Higher National Diploma) in Mass Communication.
I’m in a relationship.
Appraisal of Entertainment Industry in Cross River State:
The entertainment industry in Cross River is going places. Actors Guild in Cross River State is much awake and doing quality movies. We have great men and women who have contributed to the growth of entertainment in Nigeria and have brought glory to our noble state. Beautiful talents such as my big Sister Shan George, Kate Henshaw, Ini Edo, Keppy Bassey, Moses Armstrong and lots more. We the young ones are following their steps. I have met lots of Boki youths in Lagos doing great in the entertainment and other sectors and representing Cross River State. Most of our films shot by the Whites or foreigners are recorded in Obudu Ranch. Nice location Cross River has.
Plans for the future:
My plan for the future is to produce movies with ethnic stories. Form an NGO to empower young talents and women, God willing.
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