Jan 24, 2013

Actress Monalisa Chinda speaks on fame, single motherhood and charity




In this interview with9jamom.com , she shares more about herself and being a mother and acting professional…
It’s a real pleasure to interview you. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a very joyful, determined, hardworking and highly motivated person. I’m straight forward and take things in stride in a very positive manner. Adventurous by nature and  love new challenges as it gives me the zeal and impetus to work towards excellence.
Acting is a major part of my life but I am also very passionate about charitable work which includes promoting autism awareness across Africa. One thing I firmly believe in is that one should always strive towards individual betterment, in whichever form it may be. As such, I’m never tired of beginning where others end. I have a huge faith in God and He has been always faithful in many big ways.

In addition to your role as a celebrity actress, you are also a “mommy”. What does motherhood mean to you?
Motherhood is the most honorable blessing I’ve ever received.  It has changed the way I live, think, feel and behave. Who knew you could feel so much love for someone? The only word I can think of to describe it is “Bliss”.
Who is your greatest motherhood role model?
My Mother, hands down! She is the strongest person I know – very supportive, caring, and spiritual. I am grateful for all her sacrifices for us and  love her very much. She is a super woman and a super mom!!!
Your daughter has a unique name. What does it mean, and why did you choose it?
Tamar means – the Tree planted on the dessert… It is a symbolic name due to the beauty and fruitfulness of the tree. The wind blows, the storm comes but the tree stays still. It also means the graceful and fertile woman.
What is the one thing you would like your daughter to associate with you?
That she’s got a phenomenal mother who the youths look up to and most importantly, that she’s got a mother after God’s heart.
What are your favorite activities to do with your daughter?
Tamar and I do a lot of fun things together – reading, her homework, coloring and watching her favorite TV shows. We also do some outdoor activities such as playing on the swing, bike riding and shopping, which we both enjoy a lot.
What is the most fun part of parenting at this point? What is your least favorite?
The pure love in her little eyes when I look at her! How her smile could melt my heart even on my worst of days. Knowing that I could create something so amazing and perfect all thanks to God! There is never a dull moment with Tamar. Each time we spend together is special. She’s a treasure, a sweetheart and I love her for life.
How do you create balance in your life, by having some “me” time and being a great mother and successful professional and philanthropist at the same time?
As a working mother, I try to always work around my daughter’s schedule. By doing this, I give my all to both my profession and taking care of my daughter. At the end of the day when she is all tucked into bed, I set aside some ‘me’ time. This is the time I will reflect over the day’s work, meditate and prepare for the next day.
What, if any, differences are there from how you were raised and how you are raising your daughter? What have you retained and what have you changed?
There are no differences from how I was raised and how I am raising my daughter. My mother taught me very good morals, to always put God first in everything I do, keep His word in my Heart and Hold unto His promises for my life. These principles are what I have retained and raising my daughter by.
Have you ever overcome a difficult life experience? If so, please share how you did.
There comes a time in any person’s life when you will surely undergo some difficult life experiences. How you react to these difficulties is the challenge. As for me, I embrace them as they come and I trust in my God to do that which only Him can do – give me resolution on overcoming them and moving on to the next phase in life.
It’s great to see moms like yourself lend your celebrity to great causes especially with the limited exposure Autism has. Between your birthday visit to Patrick’s Speech Center, and starring in Silverlining, do you have a special motivation for adopting Autism as a cause?
Autism is a cause very close to my heart. I have devoted myself to doing what I possibly can by God’s grace to raise its awareness across Africa.
Theatre arts careers are not encouraged in our society, so we applaud you for your goal and plans with Arise Monalisa Foundation – can you expand on some of your planned initiatives?
Thank you. The Arise Monalisa Foundation is setup to increase autism awareness and empower youths to maximize their creative power. It is still in the early stages. More details will be provided as soon as we wrap up the preliminary stage phase. [blurb from site about Arise Monalisa Foundation]
As an actress, you’re in a unique position because your job requires that you take on roles that might be very different from who you really are. Does Tamar watch your movies, and how does that affect her perception of you in real life?
No she does not watch them but at the appropriate age, Tamar will be able to watch them if she chooses to.
How do you stay fit and maintain that gorgeous figure? What practical tips can you offer our moms?
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!!! Combined with a healthy balanced meal daily.
Finally, what advice would you give to working moms? There’s a bit of a distinction between your career as a celebrity and the career of an average working mother, but I think there are a lot of parallels, too. In general, what’s your advice to a working mother? Also, having been a single mother, what would you say to single working mothers, too?
Everything comes in stages, have a lot of patience, be flexible and don’t be a martyr. As a single working mother, I know it gets hard sometimes to raise a child on your own. Through your busy schedule, it can be easy to forget that you are not alone when you have so much to deal with. Building your own support system gives you a shoulder to lean on when it comes to all the things that come with raising a child. It’s great to surround yourself with like-minded people — or people you trust to be involved in your everyday life.  In my case, I’m incredibly lucky to have family and close friends who are always ready to help as needed.
I love being a busy mother… Every day I feel enriched by everything that’s going on in my life and it goes without saying that Tamar is my favorite part…

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Luckily, there are many methods in safely removing
    unwanted hair. Habits die hard and whatever your regime has been in the past,
    you do need to have a good look around at what is on offer for different hair types
    and textures. Both brands are popular in known hair salons
    and spas.

    Review my page :: hair products

    ReplyDelete
  2. Anonymous5:34 PM

    With a 60 day maturity, turnips need to be in the ground by August 15.
    Wear disposable gloves to keep from directly touching feces.
    Mulch also keeps soil from being depleted of vital nutrients, so gardeners do not have
    to rotate planting locations from year to year.

    Feel free to visit my webpage ... mulching

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anonymous7:43 AM

    Here is the complete guide to create custom keyboard shortcuts for Google Chrome which you can start browsing websites on rapid speed.
    The reason that you should take a look at a Joana's Star - Craft 2 guide review is obvious. At this time, and in a good location, the leader should set up a few anchors and belay the second climber so he can climb up and hand off the equipment he has been recovering. In order to compete for market shares on routes you must have a virtual airline management game account. Every plane is actually the virtual model of the real aircraft, including the controls that you can setup with the working, clickable cockpit.

    My page: simulator

    ReplyDelete
  4. Anonymous3:28 AM

    Ground cover can be added to pedophile the landscape.
    Owning a regular lawn mower does not mean you have to
    give up on mulching your
    yard; you just have to be willing to do some work. The less competition, the better off your plants will be.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Anonymous3:28 AM

    Ground cover can be added to pedophile the landscape. Owning a regular lawn mower does not
    mean you have to give up on mulching your yard; you just
    have to be willing to do some work. Mulch also keeps soil from being depleted
    of vital nutrients, so gardeners do not have to rotate planting
    locations from year to year.

    ReplyDelete
  6. WELCOME TO AFRO-DATING ORGANIZATION,THE BEST CERTIFIED RELIABLE AGENCY COMPANY IN AFRICA 2015
    ARE YOU IN NEED OF A RICH WEALTHY SUGAR MUMMY/SUGAR DADDY/GAY AND LESBIAN PARTNER ANYWHERE IN NIGERIA, GHANA, COTONOU,SOUTH AFRICA,UK,U.S.A,MALAYSIA, ZIMBABWE AND IVORY COAST,THEN CONTACT AFRO-DATING DATING ORGANIZATION DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR ON 08107906879......(MR BALOGUN JOSEPH)
    Are you good in bed,do you have all it takes to partake in our service,we offered fast reliable service to you anywhere you are
    in Nigeria,Ghana,Sourth africa,u.k,u.s.a, Zimbabwe,Cotonou and Ivory coast,our clients are highly connected and influential people within the society,so get the opportunity to meet rich and wealthy sugar mummies and sugar daddies from all works of life like the politians,directors,C.E.O of companies,the London based ladies,the gold ladies,ladies that runs their business organization,e.t.c,so contact us now to get an instant hook-up today,we are fully legalized,registered and recognized by CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(C.A.C),read more about us on our official magazine called love connection magazine,were you find lots of comment and testimonies of people we have render our service to from January up till December,So contact database administrator on...08107906879(MR BALOGUN JOSEPH)
    maximum security is guarantee from any of our clients becuase we have done all the nesscessary background checkup on all the ladies and men we have on our databased,so contact us today for you to get a partner that can change your life completely with money and influence,
    These are contacts and numbers of sugar mummies and sugar daddies that has not yet be given out,so start calling to get connected immediately within your location:
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0810635892**
    0810882865**
    0703884574**
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0810635892**
    0808972865**
    0703364574**
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0810635892**
    0810882865**
    0703884574**
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0810635892**
    0808972865**
    0703364574**
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0810635892**
    0810882865**
    0703884574**
    0803307568**
    0703298439**
    0706285418**
    0817735892**
    0808972865**
    Visit our official website for more details and information about our services (www.afrointroductions.com)
    Also check on our client testimonies on our official magazine called (love connection magazine and love
    circle magazine),follow us on facebook my adding our databased administrator(balogun kunle joseph on facebook)
    WEBSITES---WWW.AFROINTRODUCTIONS.COM
    FACEBOOK ID---BALOGUN KUNLE JOSEPH
    MAGAZINE---LOVE CONNECTION MAGAZINE & LOVE CIRCLE MAGAZINE
    AFRO DATING ORGANIZATION//NO 1 LEADING AFRICA DATING HOOK-UP AGENCY

    ReplyDelete