Nkiruka Omeili is more known by her stage name, Kiki Omeili. The second of four children, Kiki attended the Fountain Nursery and Primary School, Surulere, Lagos, for her primary school education and the Federal Government Girls’ College, Benin City, for secondary school education, before proceeding to the College of Medicine, University of Lagos.
For Kiki, though studying to be a doctor, she found time to be a part of many stage productions and also hosted a lot of shows at the university, it was a part of her that never died even in the face of MBBS challenges. The medical doctor is also a thespian and film maker.
Her career as an actor debuted in 2011 in the TV series “Behind the Smile”. She has since then featured in other films and was a delight to watch in Lekki Wives. In May 2014, Omeili was listed among the Top 25 New Faces of Nollywood. Kiki’s love for the medical profession shines through her other works and in 2016 produced a short film, UNPROTECTED, written by her, a film about unprotected sex and its many consequences. CP-Africa had a brief chat with her.
Do you still actively practice the medical profession?
No, I don’t “actively” practice medicine. This means that I don’t have a regular 9 to 5 job in a hospital but I never really dropped the stethoscope. I practice pro bono medicine once in a while when I have the time and of course I always try to do what I can to promote health awareness in the media.
Doctors are mostly book worms; are you still one?
I always have been. I LOVE to read. Always have. I love a good fiction novel, one that’ll hold my attention.
Now that you wrote and produced Unprotected, are you ready for feature film production?
The reason for the movie “Unprotected” was to promote health awareness using film, like I’d previously said that I do, and to basically send out a message so that people can change their behavioural patterns. If I can’t send a message to people directly, then I can send a message with a film. So that’s what I’m interested in doing for now. Promoting health awareness through the media.
What are you working on presently?
I’m involved in several different film projects at the moment, you’ll get to see them soon. Watch this space.
What is your weirdest experience so far as an actor?
I was somewhere and this lady walked up to me and shouted “Kiki!”. I said, Yes, and she was so excited that she slapped my back and kept slapping it in excitement. It was painful but I had to keep smiling and gently moved away from her. That was soooooo weird.
What is the most popular myth about you?
That I’m Yoruba, or from Bayelsa, or from the north. People never believe that I’m an Igbo girl.
What do you think works for you with movie producers? What is the strength that is unique to you?
I’m hardworking. I give a 120 percent of myself when involved in a project. And I am an excellent role interpreter.
A spouse: a doctor or an actor?
For Kiki, a dress or a pair of jeans?
A dress please! I like to show off my legs.
Credit: Image used with permission of Bella Naija.