some of the adjectives that describe ace thespian, Sola Sobowale. In
this interview, she talks about her career, family and other things.
represented Ondo State at many sporting events. I was also fortunate to
have a brother-in-law, Tunji Oyelana, aka Sura the Tailor, who
was a lecturer at the University of Ibadan. He was also a singer and an
actor who made me love the arts. It was with his help that I became an
weren’t in support. My father was a retired principal, while my mother
was a former headmistress. My dad actually wanted me to become a
teacher, while my mum wanted me to become a nurse. In a way, I’m still
doing those things they wanted, albeit in a different way. When you
watch my movies and smile, that’s a form of therapy because you’re
relaxed watching me. I also teach through my movies, highlighting the
difference between right and wrong. In all, I give God the glory that
before they passed on, they accepted me and my profession. There was a
time I was to receive awards for acting at three different places, and
my parents went to represent me at those events as well as receive the
awards on my behalf.
easy to get their support. If my brother-in-law hadn’t stepped in, I
wouldn’t have been able to convince them because in my house, when daddy
says no, mummy says no too. Mr. Oyelana made my parents understand that
acting is a profession and not all actresses are wayward. Besides,
there are wayward people in every profession; it depends on the
individual. I thank God that I made something fantastic and fabulous out
of my career.
At the time home video came in, I joined, and worked as a freelancer
with any producer that needed my service. Then, I was lucky to work with
Adebayo Salami, and we shot Asewo To Re Mecca. It was quite
tough in those days, but because of the passion we had for the job, we
kept going on. Before home video though, I shot a celluloid movie titled
Eri Okan with Adebayo Salami. Eventually, marketers came in,
and some of them were very good; they were the only medium through which
we could sell our movies. I’m happy for where we are now. We have
modern cinemas, and we’re known all over the world. There was a time I
went to Jamaica, and the people there recognised me from TV. Some months
ago when we went for a film festival in Toronto, we were recognised. We
are indeed growing bigger, and I’m glad I’m still part of the system.
of a grassroots kind of training and that’s why I act more in Yoruba
movies. But I’m a typical Nigerian lady, and I like to be seen and heard
all over. I do everything, provided the script has content, substance,
and people can learn from it.
took me outside the shores of Nigeria, and I’m thankful to Wale Adenuga
for giving me the opportunity. I’ve been invited to many countries on
the strength of that job.
paramount thing. Whenever I want to do anything, I give it my best. I
don’t have a shop, and I’m not a good businesswoman; acting is what I
know how to do best. I love making people happy through acting, and I
put in my all. I usually ask God for direction whenever I’m given a job
to do because you can’t do anything without God. Whenever you see me on
screen, just know that God is in control.
diplomatic, and I call a spade a spade. With me, what you see is what
you get. I’m also down-to-earth, easy and homely. I’m a mother and I
don’t joke with my family. I also don’t joke with my God.
to the market but I can go to any market to buy whatever I want. I just
have to be ready to greet people and chat with them and I do that. I’m
not a prisoner!
is known for its endless partying and frolicking. How have you been able
to hold tight to your faith through it all?
and I don’t joke with her; I also like Bimbo Akintola, Shan George,
Faithia Balogun, Funke Akindele, Bimbo Oshin, and Ronke Oshodi-Oke.
Honestly, they are so many of them. It’s very important to know how to
children. In a year, I can count the number of parties I attend, but
when it comes to my children and elderly ones, I don’t joke with them. I
also design my clothes myself.
Anunobi used to model my clothes. It’s still in me though, and my
daughter also designs clothes too.
some years back. My children also write the scripts for all the movies I
produce. However, I don’t choose careers for my children, rather I ask
God to guide them.
know about Sola Sobowale that will be made known soon. I know that
people are anxious to know what I’ve been up to. Some people said I was
jailed, some said my head was cut off. Some even said I was washing
corpses. Don’t be in a hurry for the truth will be revealed soon.
experienced it. Before travelling to the United Kingdom, I spent a lot
of time in Enugu shooting movies, and the producers were Igbo people.
They love me, and I was well taken care of.