#NollywoodSpotlight: Beautiful And Talented Weruche Opia

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Reanne Weruche Opia is a U.K-based Nigerian film and stage actress and entrepreneur. She currently serves as CEO of her clothing line, Jesus Junkie Clothing. Best known for starring as Cleopatra Ofoedo in the TV series Bad Education,Weruche was in 2015 nominated in the “Nollywood Actress of the Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. She holds a degree in Drama and Sociology.

When asked how she came up with the name ‘Jesus Junkie” the talented actress responded saying; “There are actually two stories to how it came about. The initial ‘surface’ of the phrase was in summer 2006, my church had a convention which lasted from Thursday/ Friday to Sunday and I remember going every day and attending almost every service. The following week I met up with a friend for lunch and was expressing to him how much I enjoyed the convention and how I didn’t want it to come to an end and how I would have loved to sleep in church.”

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She further stated; “I couldn’t articulate how exactly i felt apart from feeling like I couldn’t get enough, as if i were addicted, and in this case my addiction was to Jesus…and then the penny dropped JESUS JUNKIE!! The phrase really stuck out for me, especially based on the fact that I was a cannabis user for a period of my life. It started off ‘harmless’ as most people tend to see it, until it came to stage where I couldn’t refuse it and then realised I had a problem. I tried to give up and would go for periods of time without but then have a relapses right until when I came to Christ . The addiction for the drug was replaced by Jesus and the joy of the Lord, which to me is the only high that will never give you a come down.”

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She made her professional acting debut in 2010 when she appeared on the hit UK police drama “The Bill”. She has just starred in the last of BBC Three comedy series, Bad Education and is currently the lead in Nigerian RomCom “When Love Happens”. She also starred in the comedy skit, The Lagos Big Girl’s Game, which went on to be one of the top 10 most watched Nigerian videos of 2013. There is no doubt that the exquisite actress and director has definitely paved a successful career for herself in the world of entertainment both in Nigeria and abroad.

She later went on to claim roles in a number of theatre productions at The Shakespeare Globe, National Theatre Studios (UK) and Ice and Fire theatre. In September 2010, she joined Renegade Theatre Company, lead by writer and director Wole Oguntokun and featured in a number of plays including; The Inheritors, The Waiting Room and Lady in Purple. She has worked with prominent entertainment stars like OC Ujeje, Desmond Elliot, Wale Ojo, Bukky Wright, Oreka Godis, Beverly Naya, Helen Paul and Gideon Okeke to mention a few.

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She went on to land a role as series regular on the second series of the Award Winning Channel 4 Drama “Top Boy” as well as a role in Channel 5 commissioned program, Suspects. She recently stars as the lead actress in a DSTV series hit series titled “Dere” where she played “Dere” a young girl who amidst trials, found love and herself.

She is definitely one of the several underrated actresses in the Industry as her potentials are enormous.

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