Accra, June 07, 2012
Ghana's most-celebrated actress, Nadia Buari, seems to have broken her silence on her love-life during her appearance on e.tv Ghana’s The Late Nite Celebrity Show (TLNCS). The award-winning actress spent an hour with host Dzifa Smith, flanked by Keche, and talked about her personality, career and her love life whilst promoting her new film Heroes & Zeros.
Rumours have circulated for years about Nadia's involvement with several prominent male figures with Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien, Olympique Marseille's, Dede Ayew, Koko Master, D’Banj and DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa among some names commonly associated with her.
However, when Dzifa Smith questioned her about her love life and her past relationships, Nadia revealed that she actually only has one ex-boyfriend. It is however unclear as to which of the above names she was referring to, if any, as she reverted to shy coyness before Dzifa sensed the heat and took a break.
Try as she could to get the actress to talk about her love life, Nadia was in an unyielding manner and confirmed that she did not have a boyfriend but failed to reveal how long she had remained single.
Asked if she had ever suffered a broken heart she concluded after a moment of thought, “I’ve never had a broken heart. My relationship ended on a mutual understanding.”
In January 2011, it was again rumoured that the sexy actress was engaged to DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa after her split from Michael Essien. It was also reported that she was spotted wearing an engagement ring at a recent ceremony in Accra.
Though she didn’t exactly say who gave the ring to her when questioned by the press, speculations were rife that it was given by a Nigerian businessman who sources say was her new boyfriend as a sign of his seriousness to settle down with her. Other reports also said the ring was given her by DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa.
However, Nadia has denied any of those rumors and although she was not wearing the ring at the time of the interview, she explained that, “I am not wearing now because I’m tired.”
I'm not Scottish; I'm Ghanaian
There have recently been reports of Ghanaian celebrities who have, in an attempt to tone their complexion, ended up bleaching their skin. Asked her thoughts on this worrying trend, she said that she is not amongst those who bleach but, because of the sun, she has to take precautions to protect her fairer skin. On her tone, she admitted that she has Scottish blood running through her veins.
“I just came out light skinned. I guess it comes from my mum. My grand mum is Scottish.”
That particular revelation, regarding her Scottish heritage, seemed to interest host, Dzifa Smith, who further probed to find out if indeed she was Ghanaian. In a teasing jest, Dzifa asserted "So you're Scottish?" leaving Nadia to defend her Ghanaian roots, to the pleasure of her fans.
“My father is black and a Ghanaian. I am Ghanaian. I was born and raised in Takoradi.”
She went further to reveal her local dialect name and for many who don’t know, Nadia says she is also called Maame Esi; which implies she is a Sunday-born. She impressed her fans as, for many, this appearance was the first time they had heard the superstar speak in Twi.
Nadia had her breakthrough in Ghana’s movie industry after she played the lead role Beyonce in the movie Beyonce and has since starred in over 20 movies.
It is not Nadia in the films
Talking extensively about her career, the roles she plays and how branding affects her career, Nadia said she concentrates on the scripts and not the type of character she is asked to play.
She explained that, how she looks is not a concern of hers when given a role. “Everybody who’s worked with me will know that the last thing I think about is what I look like. I always try to be the character and the make-up and costume is their job to transforming me into that character.”
“I always tell myself that it is not Nadia in that movie, it’s the character I’m playing. I don’t go on set to pick up my own costume. If the costumier has been given the script he or she will know what my character should wear. I never chose. I don’t do that.”
However, when given the chance to pick costumes for a particular role, Nadia said she would not necessarily turn down the opportunity “but I don’t think it’s professional. I always say that it’s not you. You are playing a character and so when you come out on public events then that’s you. One thing about me is I never like to be safe. I always try different stuff. I try to be daring.”
Nadia’s latest movie, Heroes and Zeros, is expected to hit the big screens with a grand premiere at the Silverbird Cinema in Accra on Friday evening, June 8.