Celebrating 20 years in the Nigerian movie industry, ace actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde granted an interview to Encomium magazine.
In her interview she talks about her journey in the movie industry thus far, while also talking about people who have helped her grow. She also revealed that there were certain points she felt that her career threatened her marriage.
Read excerpts from her interview below:
On her highs and lows in the past 20 years: In the last 20 years, let me start from the low, which was the time you had to make sacrifices, especially when not very many people were in that boat with you, you sometimes feel alone. You sometimes feel you’re carrying the weight of the whole world, all by yourself. Another part of the lows I can remember is when you hear a very ridiculous rumour about you, you don’t want to degrade your brand and all that. Every time people say something about you, you don’t want to go and start granting interviews, they will turn you to chatterbox. You don’t have to be talking, talking and constantly defending yourself. So, those were the few lows I can recall. But when you talk in terms of the high aspects, to be honest, being in this profession is a major high on its own, for me. I love what I do. I was born into it. I enjoy doing it. I think and live it. That alone, I am always grateful to God about it. Every time you do a project and it comes out the way you expect it, it’s a high because there are so many times your projects won’t come out the way you designed them. Anytime the project I am doing is successful is a major high for me. It’s like a personal victory. So, to me, everything about this job is a high.
On her career threatening her marriage: No, not seriously. At least, it was in a way that shook my marriage. The only time I would say I worried was when the movie, The Prostitute came out. And that was the first major fresh shaking I had. It was like a kind of controversy. From the movie poster to the sex scenes, whatever in that movie that was shot after I left there but was shot as if I was the one who did it. And you know, Nigeria was not ready for that, so there was a lot of controversies around that. So, that was the only time I really worried about my marriage. And to be frank and candid, until my husband told me he wasn’t bothered, then I had peace.
On her music career: That’s a very difficult question to answer. I would say everything I wanted to do so far I have done. I will say the only thing that has been a little difficult for me is maybe, my music career. That’s the only thing I have gone into that I cannot say specifically I am very successful with. And not for me to blame myself also because I have not really given it the required time. There are so many musicians that after their two or three albums, they still didn’t make it but after they continued and they are consistent in what they do, they eventually become big names in the industry. For me, I would not want to say entirely it’s because I am an actress and that’s why I have not done really well music wise. People that have listened to my music know I really do good music. But some would want to say I can’t sing or do good music simply because I am an actress. People would remember Naija lo wa till tomorrow. And that was done in 2005. People only don’t want to credit me that I released a hit, whereas Naija lo was was a hit even before most of these hit albums. But when they’re calling their hits, they will never mention Naija lo wa. They won’t because I am an actress.