Beverly Naya – Wedding Party Was Influential For My Career, But My Mum Set The Success Path
British-born Nigerian actress, Beverly Naya, has revealed how her mum set the foundation for her successful career in Nollywood.
Speaking on Inkblot’s ‘Meet and Greet’ podcast, the ‘Skin’ producer asserted that, though a movie titled “The Wedding Party’ was influential as far as her career is concerned, it was her mum that created the foundation for her to thrive in the Nigerian film industry.
Beverly said, “Wedding Party’ was influential and it did a lot of things for my career.”
Speaking about how she was discovered by Nigerian filmmakers, the ‘Chief Daddy’ star actress noted that her mum had created a path, a foundation, prior to her full relocation to Nigeria.
In her words, My mum had me back before I did. She has already retired and had decided that ‘this [Nigeria] is where I want to live, and because of her face, she said, ‘let me at least build some contacts for my daughter’, so that when I return, I won’t just be struggling. So, that’s basically the path she created for me, and it was very helpful and instrumental as well. Hence, when I moved to Nigeria I’d already built some contacts outside the film that I starred in, and other directors, [you know] that I’ve made friends with, and I have the opportunity to work with them and the rest was history.”
She added that her first movie role was in a movie produced by her mum, titled ‘Home in Exile’.Home in Exile was produced in 2010, Directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen With Josephine Agbonmwanre, Chiwetalu Agu, Francis Duru, and Desmond Elliot.
Asked to compare her UK filmmaking experience with that of Nigeria, Beverly, who will clock 33-year-old tomorrow April 17th, 2022 stated that, it was a massive culture shift for her.
She said, “When I first join the industry, it was a massive culture shuffle because the difference was too glaring. In comparison to what I was used to, for example, shooting a whole film in Nigeria, back then, we are looking at about 7-days, but in the UK, you are going to shoot a short film in about the same amount of time.”
Beverly Naya has since featured in over thirty-two movies, which include, Cold Feet, Forgetting June, When Love Happens, The Eve, Weekend Gateway, Catch.er, Something Wicked, Alan Poza, Picture Perfect, Nneka The Pretty Serpent, Two Weeks In Lagos, Surulere, Guilty Pleasure, and many more.