BIRTH NAME: Rukayat Akinsanya
STAGE NAME : Rukky Sanda
NET WORTH: Her net worth is estimated at N250 million
DATE OF BIRTH: Born 23 August 1984
BOYFRIEND: Once Date American Singer Akon
HOW OLD IS RUKKY SANDA: She is currently 33 years old
OCCUPATION: Actress, Film-Maker,Director
MARITAL STATUS: Not Married
Born Rukayat Akinsanya better known by her stage name Rukky Sanda, is a Nigerian actress, film producer and director. The Nollywood goddess who added another year recently made her movie debut in 2004 while in school and she has remained on top of her career since then. Rukky is one of the highest paid Nigerian actress as well as the youngest script-writers and film makers .
Early Life And Background
Rukky Sanda whose real name is Rukayat Akinsanya was born on the 23 August 1984 in Lagos State. She was born into a large family where she happens to be her father’s 10th child but the last child in the family and she has two step mothers. She was born into a large polygamous family and lived most of her early years in Lagos, Nigeria. After completing her elementary/basic education, she proceeded to Lagos State University in 2004 where she bagged a B.SC Degree in Banking & Finance. She ventured into entertainment after graduating from Lagos State University starting her journey in Nollywood as an actress, to an independent film producer, scriptwriter. According to the ravishing actress and producer, “many people including me didn’t even know that Rukky is a Yoruba lady talk less of coming from a Muslim home.”
Here is a piece from her interview’
Tell me about your name Rukky. I heard it’s short for something…
If you go to my house and you ask for Rukayat, they would probably tell you they don’t know the person. It wasn’t a name I gave myself, that is what they’ve called me since I was a child. That is what everybody knows me as, I’ve always been Rukky. Probably if I have to write my full name, I may even forget the spelling.
How long did it take you to get into the university?
That was like immediately, most of us in my family wrote JAMB twice starting from SS 2 and then SS 3, it was like a preparation. My first admission was in UNILAG where I was studying English because Unilag resumed first, but I wanted to study Banking and Finance which I had the chance to do in LASU.
What secondary school did you attend?
I went to Lagos State Model College. That’s the same school Funke Akindele went to, her dad was the principal at the time but we didn’t know each other then.
Career And Rise To Stardom
Rukayat Akinsanya a.k.a Rukky Sanda dived into Nollywood in the year 2004 as an actress, to an independent film producer, scriptwriter. Before she started her acting career professionally, she used to deal in the buying and selling of clothes and fashion accessories. She owns her independent production company, RSP (Rukky Sanda Productions) and RukkySandaStudios, in Lagos State, where filmmakers could rent up-to-date equipment, as well as an editing studio for post production.
The Nollywood most beautiful and talented lady has featured in over 42 movies in Africa since her debut in 2004. Rukky is the youngest scriptwriter/producer in Nigeria as far as Nollywood is concerned. Rukky Sanda is behind the creation and production of popular movies like “Lethal Woman” produced in (2008), “Obscure Motives” produced in (2009), “Lovelorn” produced in (2012), “Miamiheat” produced in (2012), and “Keeping My Man” produced in (2013).
Relationship And Marriage
Rukky sees marriage as one of the bautiful gift of life that is created by God and she believes that the right person comes at the right time. Rukky Sanda is that girl that believes love should not discriminate against a person’s religion. According to the beautiful Screen diva, she had her first taste of relationship while she was still in was in secondary school S.S.S 1 precisely and this ended up being her first boyfriend. She had her first real date in the University which can be traced back to 1999 and she is usually quick to add that it didn’t work out. She also had an intimate relationship with American singer Akon in 2007.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Express, an effervescent Rukky Sanda revealed a lot about herself and debunks popular preconceptions about her.
What is the secret of your good looks?
There is really nothing to it. I try to keep it simple
What about your beauty routine?
I used to have a beauty routine, but now I don’t, because I am here today and next day I am there, I am all over, I don’t really have a routine. I just take my shower, rest, do my work, rest, play and have a lot of lovely people around me.
There was a rumour that you did a cosmetic surgery, how did you feel when you heard such?
Like I said before, I will say it again. I don’t have anything against plastic surgery; we all own our bodies and we can do whatever we choose to do with our bodies. When I heard the rumour, I didn’t attach any relevance to it because to me it’s no big deal. When I newly came into the industry, I heard such things and wonder why people will say such about me, but now I don’t care.
In other words, you can go to any length to take care of your body as long as it suits you?
Yes, I am saying as a human being, whatever makes you feel comfortable is what you should do.
What inspired you to pierce your body?
It’s what I want to do with my body.
There was a rumour sometime in the past that you once had an affair with Akon?
That rumour was since 2007 and five years after, people are still talking about it.
What was your growing up like?
I had the best growing up experiences. I didn’t have any problem. I thank God that I am blessed. I am from Ikorodu here in Lagos. My childhood was a blissful one. We were having party every time. I am still a party person.
Rukky Sanda is also a business woman and a Philanthropist, she once revealed in an interview how she feeds 100 people every week “I feed 100 people every week; the food they cook, they take it to the homeless people every week. My mom does the work while I finance it.” Rukky’s money comes from different angles including directing movies, producing movies and as an actress. She bought a house in Lekki last year and also added a N35m latest Range Rovers Evogue to her fleet of cars.
Rukky is widely considered as a business minded woman and she has proven herself worthy by making money as an actress and a movie producer who produces her movie under the brand name of her production company, “Rukky Sanda Studios”. According to the light skinned lady, Her first movie cost her N3 million, her current net worth is N250 million. She is an ideal lady for all choosy men and her type is very rear.
Rukky Sanda’s Selected Firms
- Legal War
- Campus Love
- Keeping my Man (2013)
- Lethal Woman (2008)
- Obscure Motives (2009)
- Keeping My Man (2013)
- White Chapel
- The Seekers
- Gold Diggin (with Yvonne Nelson)
- What’s Within (with Joseph Benjamin
- Lovelorn (2012)
- Miami Heat (2012)