I attended Community Grammar School, Ibadan for my elementary education and Providence Heights Secondary School, Fagba, Lagos, for my post-primary education. I have a diploma in International Relations from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
I started acting after my mum, Funmi Martins, died in 2002. The journey was not easy, but I give God all the glory. I never wanted to be an actress. After my mum died, I started acting so people won’t forget her. After a while, I became fond of it. I love acting so much, and I think I would have missed a lot if I had chosen to do something else. I think acting is like a spirit and it is in you, that’s it. Only a few people have the ability to interpret roles perfectly.
My most challenging role till date was when I played a mad person. The title of the movie was Mafikanmi. It was quite challenging but I prayed about it and I was able to pull it off. It has also not been easy balancing marriage and career. I have to juggle going to locations and running back to the house to take care of the kids and also cook for my husband.
My mum remains my role model. I love and admire everything about her. Her talent inspired me. Her death affected me and I miss so many things about her, especially the motherly love. A mother’s love can’t be compared to any other thing in this whole world. I still think about her a lot, and whenever I do, it makes me cry. I miss the friendship my mum and I had. We were friends, and she was all I had.
My husband and I grew up together. He was actually my mother’s manager and I used to call him Brother Afeez. We have always been friends. When I had a problem with my husband some months back, I prayed to God and we are now fine. Our relationship is free from any kind of problems. My husband is the best man in the world and he has always been there for me.
I’m a mother of two lovely girls that I love so much. My children mean the world to me and I am so happy to have them in my life. I love spending time with my kids and I take them out a lot.
Scandals are part of the challenges we face as artistes.
I am quite different from what you see on TV. I don’t talk or go out much. The funny thing is that I don’t even know how I am able to shout when I’m acting. I guess it is the spirit of acting. I am very calm and easygoing. Because of the roles I play in movies, people think I pretend to be gentle. I don’t fight or look for trouble. Another thing is that I don’t have too many friends, so when I’m not on location, I’m at home with my family.
I think fashion is a necessity in showbizness. Whether I like it or not, I have to dress well.
The people I love to hang out with the most are members of my family. Whether I am at home or abroad, I love to spend time with my family. I think travelling is the best form of relaxation. It takes stress away from you. The last place I travelled to was South Africa and it was really nice.
I’m currently working on a Yoruba-cum-English movie and the title is Kokoro. Acting is all that I do now.