Ufuoma Mcdermott who came into the entertainment industry as a model back when she contested for Miss Nigeria beauty pageant and emerged as the first runner up over a decade ago, did not become a household name till she ventured into acting.
While speaking to Saturday Beats, the actress admitted that although she enjoyed parading the runways, she does not miss being a model.
“I think the days of being a beauty pageant contestant were a phase in my life that I enjoyed and maximised before I moved on to another aspect of my life. But I cannot say that I miss it however; I cannot say that there was a transitory process from being a model to becoming an actress. But I always knew that life had phases and that part of my life was over. I knew that it was time to face my life as an actress and to maximise my potential, I went to film school,” she said.
While many people would argue that women do not support each other, the actress holds a contrary opinion. To drive home her point, the actress spoke about her relationship with her fellow colleagues, Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha and Omoni Oboli and gave reasons why they are referred to as the fantastic four.
“We have known each other for a long time and we are the ‘Fantastic Four’ as we are called on social media. I think it came to be after ‘Wives on Strike.’ The name came with our cinema tour because we were together everywhere. We stayed in the same hotels and it was really crazy because we had a lot of fun. What I have come to realise with these three girls is the way we are able to pull strengths from one another. The way we encourage one another is phenomenal. They are so great that if I tell them that I am thinking of planting a tree before December, they would literally not let me rest until I plant that tree. They would also help out with the task at hand. It just goes to show that women support each other. I don’t know why people say women don’t support each other. We might have a few people who fall out with each other, but the truth is that if you have a quarrel with your sibling, it does not stop them from being your sibling,” she said.
“We do have misunderstandings but after a while, we would get back together, talk to each other and move on because we cannot allow little things to weigh us down. Petty things cannot derail us because we have our eyes on the prize and we are focused,” she said.