Lizzie Njagah -

Lizzie Njagah

Lizzie Njagah

How long have you a model and actress? How did you start? Have you attended any school?

I have been acting for about 10 years now, I started acting way back when I was in primary school, we have a school drama festival in Kenya and this is where I first discovered I had talent. By taking part in the productions. My first professional acting gig was at the Kenya National Theatre, I performed in a Local Musical called ‘River and the Source’. My training was more informal, there are no schools for acting in Kenya but I dint let that stop me cause I knew I wanted to be an actor for a long time and there was no money to go abroad to study, so I applied for the KWAL scholarship, a 2 year internship at a local repertory theatre company in Kenya, got accepted and this is where I honed my craft. you could say I learned on the job.

What factors to become a model?

You need to have something that sets you apart from everyone else, what is unique about you, what helps you stand out from a crowd. But also guts and smarts. Guts because it takes courage to follow your dreams especially in Africa where such careers are not taken seriously. Most people want their kids to be doctors or Lawyers. Smarts because you need to be wise about what road you want your career to take and not let anyone push you to a place you don’t want to go.

To be a model must have a beautiful body? How do you keep your shape?Your beauty will never hurt? (Because sometimes people dwell on appearances.)

I dance, I love to dance. Fun way to keep in shape. I can go to a club a stay on the dance floor for three hours then go home. I was fortunate enough to get good genes from my mom so I don’t need to diet to stay slim. I also drink loads of water. Best kept beauty secret. I work out occasionally but I get bored when I go to the gym so I have dance workout dvd’s that I jam to every once in a while.

What kind of roles do you like acting?

I love doing Charlies Angels type roles. Any role where a girl saves the day. I guess I grew up in a home where women ruled so I feel like I am paying homage to the strong women role models I had growing up like my mom and aunties.

What has been so far, your professional experience that gave you more satisfaction?

Being able to travel all over the world to work. I am Kenyan currently filming in Lagos, Nigeria. And I recently finished work on a Greek film called ‘Return of Lazurus’ which was shot on location in Greece. That was fun. To be able to combine my two passions, acting and travel, I thank God for the blessing every day.

You will often move for work, how do you reconcile your work with family life?

It’s a work in progress, it’s tough being away from family, but we Skype a lot, keep in touch on FB. It’s not the first time that work has taken me away from home for a long period of time.

What are the plans for your near future?

I am getting married next year. Other than that i hope to keep doing what I love to do, producing films. But as of right now, I have just been signed on for another 6 mths on the soap opera I am working on in Nigeria called Tinsel. So we’ll see how that goes.. I am currently about to start work on one Nollywood Film project which I can’t really talk about.


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