Cossy Orjiakor always says it as it is without any form of equivocation. In this interview with the Sun Newspapers, the singer and actress opens up on many areas of her life â€“ why she rarely appears in Nollywood movies anymore, what she has against acting nude, her relationship status and more.
Read excerpts of the interview below:
Itâ€™s like youâ€™ve been lying low for a while. Where have you been?
Yeah (giggles) Iâ€™ve been having fun really doing my own thing. But Iâ€™m working on a reality TV show designed to give back to society. I have this large heart for giving back, so I want to have a reality TV show where the winners would be encouraged to bring forth proposals which I would sponsor with the little I have. But if I could get sponsors it would be great!
For the past 10 years youâ€™ve been active in Nollywood. Could you share your happiest moment with us?
That was when I started getting recognition back in the days when I just started acting; those were my happiest moments but right now Iâ€™m just there.
Whatâ€™s been your saddest moment?
You should know now (laughter). Imagine all the false stories that theyâ€™ve published about me; â€˜Cossy Orjiakor has HIVâ€™, â€˜Cossy had sex with a dogâ€™, â€˜Cossy did this and Cossy did thatâ€™. You know, thatâ€™s not cool. But Iâ€™m a fun person and I dress for the occasion. Like if Iâ€™m going for a costume party Iâ€™d wear a sexy costume and thatâ€™s a party that happens basically in the night. But the thing is that in the morning, when normal people see the pictures of the clothes in the papers, they judge me unfairly.
A lot of men including me are ogling right now. How do you handle your male fans?
I smile if they have the guts to tell me I look good, and I say â€˜thank youâ€™.
What if they want more?
I go out on my own most times. I have friends that own clubs, so if Iâ€™m bored and want to hang out; I could either go out on my own or with friends. It all depends on my mood.
I can see thereâ€™s a tattoo on your left boob. What does it signify?
Itâ€™s a rose flower. I got it a long time ago. I just wanted to know what it feels like to have a tattoo; I actually have four.
But having a tattoo on your boob must have been very painfulâ€¦?
Yes, it was but I just wanted to know how it felt like having a tattoo (laughs).
You come across as a very fun loving and adventurous person. What makes you tick?
I am extremely happy; I tick because I am a happy person. I always see the comic side to everything around me especially in difficult situations.
Tell us about your love life; I mean the man in your life now?
I spent my Valentine alone.
Why did you spend Valentine alone?
I went for a party, a costume party where you dress as a sex icon at Galiante, so I wasnâ€™t really lonely.
Whatâ€™s the most romantic thing youâ€™ve done lately?
I donâ€™t remember.
But Valentine was only recentlyâ€¦?
(Giggles) I dressed up my dog and painted him; I have a canine. It was supposed to be an Alsatian dog but I was duped. When the dog became big, it was looking more like a local mongrel but just the same I love my dog, so I bought dye and painted it and gave it that unique Alsatian look and then off I went to party.
Who is in your life right now?
You know I donâ€™t talk about men.
But your fans want to know?
Iâ€™m not lacking attention but Iâ€™m not really in a serious relationship for now.
What determines your fashion sense when you go out?
It depends on the mood Iâ€™m in and where Iâ€™m dressing for. You dress to impress and sometimes you dress to express yourself.
Whatâ€™s the craziest thing a fan has done to you after seeing your boobs dangling sodangerously?
(Laughter) Yeahâ€¦ Iâ€™ve had a lot of experiences especially from females. I could allow a female touch my boobs if I am in the mood. You know, they are like, â€˜is it real?â€™ Men donâ€™t really do much these days; it was a long time ago.
Thereâ€™s this report that you once insured your boobsâ€¦?
No, no, noâ€¦ that was a fake story. I donâ€™t k now where it emanated from but it was funny any way. It all comes from this fake bloggers who compile fake stuff and publishe them online and they look so real.
What are those qualities you look out for in a man?
Physical fitness first and above every other thing; I love abs, I love a guy that works out; I love a flat tummy.
Thereâ€™s this talk about a lesbian clique running Nollywood. Have they reached out to you? Have you heard about them?
Recently, you were linked with porn actress, Afrocandy. In fact, she offered you a role in her yet-to-be-shot porn movie. Did you accept?
Iâ€™ve not met her but I think sheâ€™s a cool babe. I like her guts and Maheedaâ€™s guts as well; theyâ€™re doing their own thing. If one way does not work, the other should; theyâ€™re paying their dues.
What about the porn movie role?
I can act in a porn movie but I can never go nude myself. If I have to act with somebody and they use a body double to do the acting, thatâ€™s fine. But as for me, I can never go nude. If you insist that I must act nude then you have to use a body double. Theyâ€™ve done it before. That was when I was dancing for Obesere. They superimposed a dog on me and said I was having sex with the dog. And before I knew it everybody was calling me a porn actor! That picture was photo shopped. I can remember a guy called me up and said he had a picture of me having sex with a dog and I told him to go to hell; he wanted to blackmail me, and then he published the story and my family was embarrassed.
Those guys must have been mean. Have you forgiven them?
Yes, I donâ€™t have time for that. I always forgive and forget; thatâ€™s why I am a happy person.
So, when are you getting married?
When I see the right man I will get married.
People have this impression that youâ€™re hot between the sheets. How true is that?
I donâ€™t know (blushes). Iâ€™m very good though; I believe Iâ€™m very good. Do you want to find out? (Giggles).
Whatâ€™s the most adventurous thing youâ€™ve done sexually?
Iâ€™m extremely adventurous believe meâ€¦ when youâ€™re adventurous you go with the flow and take over whatever happens; you donâ€™t have a mind set of what you want to do; you just flow.
Whatâ€™s been your greatest sexual experience?
If I tell, you wouldnâ€™t believe it.
Are you not scared that the image you project may hamper your chances of getting married someday?
Iâ€™ve never lacked male attention; Iâ€™ve had my own fair share but I get scared easily because a lot of things about me might change when I get married. They will be like â€˜stop this and stop that.â€™ Your lifeâ€™s no longer yours and that scares me. When a guyâ€™s coming after you and heâ€™s saying â€˜when we get married youâ€™ll stop all this,â€™ I get scared. Once I hear that I get scared, I am extremely and fiercely independent.
Does that mean you canâ€™t change?
I can never change and I have no apologies. I need someone who will polish me up in what Iâ€™m doing, not somebody whoâ€™ll change me. Change me to what? That sounds very unappealing.
Why donâ€™t we see you much in movies these days?
The offers that I get are not paying enough, so Iâ€™d rather do other things that get me money.