‘I get roles others would want for themselves’ – Omoni Oboli as she covers Guardian Life magazine


‘I get roles others would want for themselves’ – Omoni Oboli as she covers Guardian Life magazine

By Zainab Sadiku

By Osagie Alonge

Omotola and a widow

Top Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde recently put smiles on the faces of 20 widows, treating the ladies to a thorough makeover session.

In honour of her mother, Mrs Shola Jalade who she lost 10 years ago ‘after a brief illness’, the Nollywood star enrolled the women in her ‘The 20 Widows Makeover‘ programme, one of many projects under her Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP).

We put the information out on BBM (Blackberry Messenger), and Twitter, but especially Hints magazine‘, Omotola tells NET how OYEP found the 20 lucky women. They were all pampered from head to toe, first with a total makeover, including facials and massage by the reputable Fresh Look Spa and celebrity choice – H and H Spa. Each widow had her hair done by celebrity hair stylist – Ugo Igbokwe of ‘Make Me‘, while they were made up by House of Tara.

After the make-over, it was time for shopping galore with Omotola at a top fashion boutique, and after selecting their outfits, the icing on the cake; a photo session with top photographer – Kelechi Amadi-Obi.

The women were also given various gift items such as sets of designer pots and other cooking utensils, as well as foodstuff, and a make-up kit from House of Tara.

This is something I wish I or someone had done for my mother. If you give these women money, they would spend it on their kids. This time it’s about them‘, said the actress, who also lost her dad 21 years ago.

The actress, who has been commended for this program, told NET she isn’t sure OYEP will repeat it next year; ‘We attend to different things every year. Last year, it was children , we did this with Unicef’

Mrs Bunmi Oloko (Before)
Mrs Bunmi Oloko (After)
Mrs Cecilia Inegbedion ( Before)
Mrs Cecilia Inegbedion (After)
Mrs Comfort Ibiam (Before)
Mrs Comfort Ibiam (After)
Mrs Elanbalu Goodluck Agnes (Before)
Mrs Elenbalu Goodluck Agnes (After)
Mrs Florence Cletus (Before)
Mrs Florence Cletus (After)
Mrs Ijeoma Daniel (Before)
Mrs Ijeoma Daniel (After)
Mrs Izehi Ubene (Before)
Mrs Izehi Ubene (After)
Mrs Magdalene Aleoghena (Before)
Mrs Magdalene Aleoghena (After)
Mrs Mercy E. Orisakwe (Before)
Mrs Mercy E Orisakwe (After)
Mrs Odubayo Itohan Mercy (Before)
Mrs Odubayo Itohan Mercy (After)
Mrs Rita C Ibegwam (Before)
Mrs Rita C Ibegwam (After)
Madam Mary B. Ejekhnine (Before)
Madam Mary B. Ejekhnine (After)
Mrs Elizabeth Kayode Fayemi (Before)
Mrs Elizabeth Kayode Fayemi (After)
Mrs Stella Aigbogun (After)
Mrs Stella Aigbohun (Before)
Mrs Susan Inechioma (Before)
Mrs Susan Inechioma (After)
Okafor Welly Chinenye (Before)
Okafor Welly Chinenye (After)
Roseline Idem (Before)
Roseline Idem (After)
Widows praying
Widows with gifts

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Okafor’s Law star, Omoni Oboli is on the cover of Guardian Life Magazine‘s latest issue.

The mother of three opens up to the magazine about her experience in the industry, challenges faced as a woman and marriage.

See excerpts below.

On whether acting comes naturally or one needs to be trained

‘Both. You can be naturally gifted in anything, but without any further training, I don’t see how you can get very far. The training may be formal, studying at an institution or taking courses, or it may be informal, which can include on-the-job training in school dramas or any plays with friends and people of like interests or in Nollywood directly.

‘The naturally gifted ones then shine when they are featured in roles after they’ve been trained either way. So yes, acting is a natural gift, but even some people who didn’t think they had the gift still go on to be great through training and sheer determination.’

On playing a character

‘Every role has its own demands and challenges, and depending on the director and the script, I always try to put myself in the place of the character I’m playing. They say an actor can’t or shouldn’t judge the character he or she is playing and that is what I always try to bring to any movie production I’m featured in.

‘We also somehow still retain a bit of our own traits and mannerisms, which is what makes two actors give different performances for the same role and that is also what brings spice to the entertainment world of movies.’

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By Osagie Alonge

When Olu Maintain released his new ‘Nawti’ single back in September last year, we were more interested in the possibilities of his return than the song he dropped.

Four months later, Mr Yahozee (should we still call him that?) is back with a follow up video to said song. Olu has always liked doing it ‘big’ and he tries his possible in this four-minute clip.

So expect to see a couple of ‘Nawti’ girls in the video whining to the song while Olu commends them for a good job well done.

NAWTI means – Natural African Woman Totally Inspiring

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On her journey so far in the Industry

‘Great! I dreamt of this, but I didn’t think we would see Nollywood grow this fast to become a force to reckon with at the cinemas alongside other international movies. It has happened and we are competing with Hollywood and doing even better at the Nigeria cinema box office.

‘I have a good relationship with many of my colleagues who have also come to see that the sky is big enough to accommodate even more than we currently have, and I’m glad.’

On challenges faced as a female in the Industry

‘Nollywood has a lot of female lead actresses, and when a good role comes along, the producers and directors have to sift through them all to find the one they want.

‘So sometimes I find that some roles I would love to play would be given to someone else, and likewise, I get roles that others would want for themselves. That was my first challenge getting back into the industry after a ten-year break.

‘I still lose some juicy roles, but I get so many other roles that it doesn’t matter as much as when you’re first trying to break into the industry as the new girl in town.

‘Also, with a family, it’s hard to stay away from my family for long periods because of the job, but that’s what the job calls for.’

On her marriage

‘I have been married for 17 years. Understanding and living everyday with someone who’s not like you can be quite challenging.

‘My husband is a great support for me,he makes sure the home front stays functioning properly when I’m away.’

This post first appeared on 234STAR.

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