She’s beautiful and talented. Her name is Iwalola Adekugbe. She’s a Yoruba actress who has done some English language films. She won the heart of many movie lovers in films like Omolile, Akobaa, Orunmi, among others. Her acting journey began in 2008 and she has continued to grow stronger and stronger. She speaks with Potpourri on her career and the industry.
I’ve loved acting from the womb. I find pleasure in it and I’m happy I’m doing it. I’m not into acting to meet a sugar daddy. I’m in for the job because I love it.
No I don’t. I do soap operas too. I was in ‘Private Sector’, ‘Shadows’ and a Yoruba soap opera Aditu Eledumare.
It hasn’t been easy but it has been good. If you love what you do, you’ll keep on moving. I know the fame and money will definitely come.
Many times. This issue of sexual harassment isn’t peculiar to the movie industry alone. It’s everywhere.
I’ve been coping with them. It isn’t a big deal. It’s normal for someone to want to date you. You either accept or reject it.
No, I won’t accept that. I would rather wait to produce my own movie. Then when they see my acting skills, they wouldn’t have any choice but to call me and pay me to act in their movies.
I don’t know about that, but we all have a caucus. If your caucus is producing a movie, you have to support. I’ve never paid money to be featured in a movie.
You start from somewhere, everything in life has a beginning. For instance, I want to have a caucus, I gather five of my friends and we do things together. I might not pay them and vice versa, because we are helping ourselves.
No, I belong to a group – Ibadan Ayobami Lukman (Ojokpagogo). It’s not as if you don’t get paid every time. They give you little which is termed Albarika. But if I’m doing a movie outside my caucus, I’ll definitely get paid. So the caucus is like a platform for you to showcase your talent and attract outside patronage.
You can’t begin alone, one has to start from somewhere. That’s why these groups are there, you go for their rehearsals to perfect your skills. It’s almost impossible to do it on your own. Basically, these groups are there to help project you.
Yes, you must have a boss. Everybody that has been into acting before you is your boss. They are your bosses, that’s the rule. You must have a boss.
I’ve got what it takes to act. I’m a good actor. I can play any role as long as it’s convenient for me, but I can’t go nude.
No, I can’t. I can kiss and do other romantic stuff because it’s my job, but that’s the limit.
Never, there are no strings attached.
No, he is very understanding. He’s my best friend, he understands me. He knows I have to do my job. And if I don’t do it well, he tells me to make it real. I have to make it real.
I like everybody. They are all good at what they do. But I want to be like Joke Jacobs, she’s my role model.
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