kehinde
I grew up with my three sisters and mum. At different times, we lived in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. My mum was a journalist and we moved a lot.

Childhood

Some of the memories include playing in the rain, relocating to other states and meeting new people. Back then, people were more pleasant than they are now. I had many ambitions; at a point, I wanted to become a veterinary doctor, then a banker. But in the latter part of my secondary school education, I knew I wanted to be in the entertainment industry.

Education

I hold a B.A in English Language from the Lagos State University, Ojo, and a diploma in screenwriting from the London Academy of Radio, Film and Television. I also have a character make-up degree from the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, California.

First movie

I was convinced I could act in 1998 and the first production I appeared in was a TV series, One Love, produced by Tajudeen Adepetu. He was the one who gave me my first opportunity in the movie industry. But the movie I will consider my breakthrough was a television series titled, Domino, in which I played the role of Stella, the wife of Oscar. When I started acting, I focused mainly on television series, but I think I have acted in about 15 movies so far.

Support

My mum was initially sceptical about me becoming an actress, but she later gave in.

Challenges

It depends on which point of view I’m looking at it from because I write, act, and produce films. I have six films to my credit as a producer. From a producer’s point of view, one major challenge is distribution; getting your films to channels around the world and getting a befitting pay for your hard work is not easy.

Personal production

My film company, Next Level Cinema has produced six movies. My latest co-production with my husband is titled, Couple’s Award. It features me, Kate Henshaw, Gbenro Ajibade, Frankincense Eche-Ben, Gloria Mba and Regina Chuckwu. We are currently embarking on cinema promotion and media tour for the film which will start showing in cinemas soon.

Relevance
It has been wholly by God’s grace that I have been able to last this long; I have also learnt to endure and have focus. I am not usually moved by everything I see around me, like the glamour on social media. I believe we all need each other to grow; otherwise we will only have monologue films where there will be only one actor in a film.

Challenges

As a director, it has been quite tough telling a story the way I’ve always wanted to tell it. Also, one of my lowest points was after I returned from Atlanta, USA, with my infant son. I went through postpartum depression when I couldn’t work because of my baby. I could only do screenplays for people, which alone wasn’t satisfying.

Lessons

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learnt is that no matter how talented you are, a bad character will take you nowhere.

Role models

Kate Henshaw influences me a lot; she is indeed worthy of emulation.

Husband

I said my husband can never cheat on me because our foundation is Christ Jesus. We respect each other a lot and believe in each other. One good thing is that I have a husband who supports me, so it’s easy for me to face my career, and I’m more mature, especially since I had my son.

Roles

I’m the opposite of the characters I play in movies. I’m an introvert, and that’s why you don’t see me at all red carpet events. I don’t encourage gossip; perhaps that’s why I don’t have too many female friends. However, I would love to play the role of a prostitute. I’ve played a battered wife, uptight chic lady, born again lady, but I haven’t played a prostitute. I believe it will bring out a different me.

Scandals

I don’t know how I’ve managed to remain scandal-free over the years; maybe because social media wasn’t alive in Nigeria when I started my career. But on another note, I always think of my family before doing anything extreme. I also think our society is still not ripe for certain things and publicity stunts. Meanwhile, I have plans to stay in the entertainment industry for a very long time; I don’t see myself going anywhere else. I am in love with what I do and I find fulfillment and happiness in it.

Fashion

My style can be described as chic and modest most of the time. My favourite fashion item are my bags.

Relaxation

To unwind, I watch movies.

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I grew up with my three sisters and mum. At different times, we lived in Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Abuja. My mum was a journalist and we moved a lot. Childhood Some of the memories include playing in the rain, relocating to other states and meeting new people. Back then, people...