I Inherited my Figure 8 – Popular Nollywood Actress Reveals

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Memumat Yunusa, a graduate of

Business Administration from the

University of Lagos, is a Nollywood

actress and producer. She is popularly

known as Mimiano. In this interview with

Tribune, she speaks on her career, her

most embarrassing moment and fashion

preferences. Excerpts:


Growing up

I am from Ankpa Local Government Area

of Kogi State, but I was born and

brought up in Lagos. I am from a family of

five and the last girl of my family but not

the last born.

Foray into acting

I decided to pursue a career in acting

because of the love and passion I have

for it. I came into the industry through a

friend in 2000. My friend introduced me

to Adebayo Salami, popularly known as

Oga Bello. That was how I joined Awada

Kerikeri Organisation. When I joined the

industry, there were lots of challenges

but I give glory to Almighty Allah, for

bringing me to my present position. And

I am sure He is taking me to the best

position soonest. I thank God for how

far He has brought me. An adage says

“it’s not how far but how well.” I have

featured in so many movies like: Ife-

Omo; Karounwi; Kobamajewo; Farri;

Kowope-alajo; Marmok; Aparo; Awolu

goes to school; Bebe Isila and Mimiano.

Mimiano is a blessing to me because it

was the movie that brought me to


Pains and gains of being a celebrity

There is a saying that no pain, no gain.

the pain is that I’m no longer Memunah,

the girl next door. I am now Mimiano,

the celebrity, I can’t go to the market as

frequently as I used to anymore. No

matter what the fans do, whether good

or bad, I have to keep on smiling. The

gain is that anywhere I go, I don’t need

to introduce myself. My presence is

highly recognised.

If not acting

I would have been an event planner.

Most embarrassing thing a fan did to me

I am an easy-going type, I don’t take

things like that to heart. I am of the

opinion that you can only be

embarrassed by someone who loves


So, being embarrassed by a fan is no big

deal to me. It is one of the prices to pay

for fame. An incident that came to mind

however, was the day I went to a party

with a friend and a guy walked up to me

and gave me a peck. I didn’t even know

him from Adams. I was surprised and told

him that I didn’t know him, he told me he

was one of my fans and that he really

loved all my movies. I just smiled and

thanked him for loving my movies.

Role models in the industry

Joke Silver and Bukky Wright.

Philosophy of life

Once I make up my mind that I want a

positive answer from a particular thing, I

work hard to achieve the goal.

Definition of style

I don’t have a permanent style, I come

out with different styles of my choice

that suit the present atmosphere. I

create my style myself.

Beauty regimen

My beauty regimen is simple because I

try to be as natural as possible. I do all

the beauty stuffs that all normal ladies

do, yet I love using natural ingredients

and that has been a huge payoff.

Choice of accessories

I love earrings, necklace, bangles and

sometimes, I like putting on leg chains. I

love beads accessories most.

Favourite designers

On the local scene, I love Yemi Casual,

Mudi and Sharktel Clothing. While on the

international scene, I am a fan of

Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Gucci

and Michael Kors.

Fashion item I can’t do without when

going out

I can’t do without my handbag when

going out.

Most expensive item in my wardrobe

I think that should be my shoes.

Opinion on toning

Toning is not good for the skin and it is

better to be natural.

What I will like to change about myself

Nothing. I love the way I am and I give

God the glory for my life. I can never go

for cosmetic surgery.

Favourite colours

Pink and blue.

On provocative dressing

I don’t wear provocative dresses.

Moreover, I don’t believe in “if you have

it, flaunt it.” If you have it, people will

see it so there is no need to flaunt it. I

believe in prim and proper kind of

dressing but I am not the chronic old

skool type.

Special treat

I love listening to music and travelling.

My hair and nails

I make sure they are both neatly done.

Keeping fit

I don’t diet, I take my three square

meals daily but I do take a lot of water. I

don’t exercise too. I inherited this

figure. All my siblings too have figure

eight, so there is no need to do

something special about my figure.

Marital status

I am single but insha Allah, I will tie the

knot very soon. My man must be humble,

caring, God-fearing and understanding.



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