By Obinna Odenigbo
It was Douglas Horton who said, “Beauty is variable; and ugliness is constant”. But for some people; Beauty is a constant!
You may beg to disagree with me, but allow me to also disagree with your cliché of ‘beauty lying in the eyes of the beholder’. Why can’t we just accept that beauty can reach a common consensus before all eyes? Even before the blind!
One of such scarce examples is this month’s Face of Cruise Nigeria- Miss Queeneth Hilbert. I had the pleasure of sitting with her and getting to behold up close what you only see through Africa Magic, or your phones and computer LCD screens. And when I shook her hands and watched her smile, I immediately concurred with the words of Aldous Huxley: “Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and beholder!”
Dude, I was high!
Having featured in a dozen Nollywood movie productions, the Enugu-raised beauty is on track to becoming an A-list celebrity. Her cheerful countenance, jovial persona and gleeful grace not only typify dispositions of a potential Nigerian superstar, but have earned her the title; Face of Cruise Nigeria for the months of June and July.
She joins Gabriella Ndu, Hava Rosenfeld and other creative Nigerian girls who are blazing new trails in their different fields of interest and human endeavour.
In her trademark charming smile, Queeneth blushed at her award and promised to keep working hard until she attains the pinnacle of her heights.
“I hope when I meet God,” She said, “I would tell him, I have used all the talents he gave me”
Here are excerpts of our discussion with her. Her full interview will appear on the next hard-cover edition of Cruise Nigeria Magazine. Notice that for ease of perusal; our questions assume regular fonts while Queeneth’s responses are emboldened.
Congratulations Queeneth; could you tell us about you
My name is Queeneth Hilbert. I am a model and also a Nollywood actress.
I am half Lebanese and half-Nigerian; even though I consider myself fully Nigerian (smiles)- because I have Nigeria to thank for what I am today. Back to your question; I am the only child- as a matter of fact; the only daughter of the family- so it’s just me, plus dad and mum- making us three as a whole.
Three is perfect, but I can’t help wondering; how did growing up as an only kid affect you? Did u ever wish for a sibling?
Man, you have no idea how much I wished for a sibling. I wasn’t happy being the only child- but there was nothing I could do. I can’t force my dad and mum to give me siblings. I always dreamed and wished to have siblings- a cute little sister or a little brother.
But hey, it’s not just about having siblings but having ones that will love and cherish me as a sister. But I have coped pretty well by making every close friend of mine a brother and a sister. I try as much as possible to always make them feel at home!
Okay, let’s move to less melancholic themes. Tell us about the movies you have featured in and what led you to become an actress
Well, I have featured in Nigerian movies like ‘Hearts on fire’, ‘Wife on fire’, ‘Brave mind’, ‘Hand of fate’, ‘Sins of the past’, ‘Tears in the palace’, ‘War in the palace and many more which are still in various stages of production and are yet to hit the screens. I’ve featured with some established stars, you know, people like Tonto Dike, Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo, Van Vicker, Joyce Kalu, Artus Frank and so many others.
At what point did you have the urge or develop an interest in becoming an actress?
Oh well, it’s been a childhood fantasy- a childhood dream. I’ve always had this interest in becoming an actress right from when I was a kid. I remember back then- in my quiet moments- sitting alone, I’d start soliloquizing, you know, like talking to myself- playing out fictitious roles from movies and acting them out. Back then too, I loved watching Nollywood movies- I still do (smiles), but you get what I mean. Anyway, these things contributed immensely to my career choice. So I decided to give it a try and here I am today (smiles)
Was it tough breaking into Nollywood? How did you feel with your first movie?
Well it was not really tough for me. Nollywood is one kingdom where you see different faces with different characters. You find the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m not going to lie and claim it was all smooth. It was easy, true- but it wasn’t that smooth- getting to where I am especially when other upcoming acts know maybe you are better than them or you are more beautiful than them.
Have you ever had a producer or director demand sex for a role from you?
What a question! Anyways it’s a very controversial topic- and even though I have heard such stories, I have never had a producer or director demand sex from me for a role. I…..
(To be continued on the next Cruise Nigeria paperback edition)
And until then, if you consider yourself splendidly spectacular- enough to become the next Face of Cruise Nigeria, kindly send your pictures + bio + accomplishments to email@example.com or add the editor on BBM via 21D3AF34 so that we celebrate you in subsequent editions of this bimonthly award.