Tuesday, May 13, 2008
My friend, Kate Henshaw is a great woman.
Kate who just played a major part in the V Monologues-The Nigerian Story directed by laspapi, won the prestigious Actress of the Year title at the 2008 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards in Abuja, Nigeria.
She was presented the award on the 27th of April 2008.
Kate was nominated alongside Jackie Apea, Genevie Nnaji, Stella Damasus- Aboderin and Rekiya Attah.
Nkem Owoh a.k.a Osofia won Best Actor of the Year.
See laspapi's March 30 2007 interview with Kate, below
The Bold, The Cool & The Beautiful
I cornered Kate Henshaw, Actor and TV presenter, at a rehearsal for my last stage presentation. Kate, always full of life and a personal favourite of mine, sat to answer a few questions.
laspapi: What's your middle name, Kate?
laspapi: Whas tha' mean?
Kate: It means the moon, usually used for first-born children
laspapi: You were born in July, your zodiac sign's Cancer, governed by the moon. Was the moon-name deliberate?
Kate: Nah! It's co-incidental.
laspapi: Which state are you from?
Kate: (with a disdainful look) Cross River. Where'd you think?
laspapi: It could've been Akwa Ibom
laspapi: Where in Cross River?
Kate: Henshaw Town. The name came from slave masters.
(laspapi- I think we should go give london and philadelphia our own names)
laspapi: Who do you look up to?
Kate: (Strongly) My mother. She's forgiving, prayerful, supportive and humble.
laspapi: You look like an extrovert...
Kate: EXTROVERT with capital letters. (If you're out with Kate, you'll understand. She's like a live wire, humming, vibrating all the time. One can see Kate is glad to be alive and its beautiful to watch)
laspapi: Your kind of Man?
Kate: I like outgoing types. He must be generous and caring, and a sense of humour is essential.
laspapi: What is love, Kate?
Kate: (pauses) Love is gentle, selfless. It's a warm, warm feeling that should be reciprocal. Love should give more than it receives.
Kate: I have no favourites. I mix Gucci, Armani, Channel... (I know Kate loves perfumes. She never fails to remark on them when I'm with her)
laspapi: If you had only 5 minutes to make a great escape, what would you take?
Kate: My phones and my bag containing money. I can use money to buy whatever I leave behind.
laspapi: Clothes designer?
Kate: I'm not a designer freak but my Jeans are always from NEXT
Kate: Good ones.
(laspapi and Kate freestyled with Words and Associations. Stella Damasus had warned Kate about my 'Free Association')
Kate: (With a beautiful smile) Nice!
Kate: Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun!
Kate: (long pause) The world standard (Kate is the P.R.O. of Nollywood's actors' guild which might account for her pondering how long it'll take us to reach the Hollywood heights)
laspapi: A word for people who want to become like you
Kate: Make sure you finish school. Don't come into it looking for fame or money. You must have a love of the craft because there will be dry seasons.
laspapi: (my favourite question) Can you see your unborn children in my eyes?
Kate: (startled) What? Are you serious, Wole? That can't be part of the questions. It is? No, you're joking. I can't see them there. No, no, no. You're not well.
laspapi: (reluctantly moving on) A word for posterity?
Kate: I want to be remembered as someone who smiled, who made people very happy. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile. I'll be smiling all the way.
This interview was first published on this blog on the 30th of March last year and then in the Sunday Guardian Newspaper.