Banky said during an interview with Pulse TV that Adesua wasn’t originally supposed to be on the set of Up North. According to him, she was originally there to cater to him in the aftermath of his cancer surgery when she was approached to join the cast.
He said, “My wife is an incredible person, I can’t say it enough that I waited for her. Even before the film, when I was going through surgery and all that, she was by my side and when the film came and I needed to travel to Bauchi for a month, she offered herself saying, you know what, let me go with you because you need somebody there for you on a daily basis, she just took a month off her schedule and just came and sat with me on set.”
He went on to say, “Originally, she was not supposed to be in the movie, she was just there on the set as my wife tending to me and all of a sudden, they were like we kinda have this role that is really good for you and since you are here, can we talk you into doing it and of course being an amazingly supportive woman that she is, she agreed to play the role of Zainab and she killed it as she does.”
Up North stars Adesua Etomi Wellington, Kanayo O Kanayo, Michelle Dede, Hilda Dokubo, Rekiya Attah, Tboss, Rahama Sadau, Funky Mallam, Bala Adamu, and Nafeesa Butu and was directed by Tope Oshin.