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Why I left Nollywood for 15 years, took up menial jobs in UK — Sola Sobowale

The properly-known Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale, made a startling revelation about her willpower to relocate to the UK mercurial 11 years in the previous.

The 56-year-dilapidated actress broke her 15-year performing hiatus in 2016.

Aloof lucky, she landed a task in the file-breaking film ‘The Wedding Party’ upon her return.

The actress opened up regarding the circumstances that led to her quitting performing for the primary time on a gift episode of #WithChude, with the Co-founding father of Pleasure, Inc., Chude Jideonwo.

‘WithChude’ is a varied sequence of focused multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that allow and enhance the thoughts, coronary heart, and spirit.

The mom-of-five, whose of us have been in academia, recalled how, wanting to provide her kids the specific coaching, she took them to the UK and left them alone.

During the interview, she mentioned that each mother or father have to cater for their kids.

She mentioned: “Children did not query to be born. Whenever you in deciding to achieve kids, possibilities are you may silent be able to eat elephantine accountability for these kids.

“They are attractive creatures. You don’t carry them to this world to endure. You don’t carry them to this world for anybody to deal with them. You introduced them. Then persist with them and carry out the work.”

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Leaving Nigeria

During her subsequent go to a month later, she recounts, she seen that issues have been various with them.

“They weren’t the younger people that I took. That motherly contact was once not there. So I mentioned ‘to your tent o Israel’. I’m right here with my kids. So I left stardom.

(15)Sola Sobowale

Sola Sobowale

“The motive I left Nigeria was once to info my kids, to invent them any particular person in life, to provide them the legacy I may maybe give and to nurture and eat care of them.

“In reveal that was once why I left. And to God be the glory, they’re profitable now,” she mentioned

Dignity in labour

Giving context to the sacrifice she made, the actress mentioned that earlier than leaving Nigeria, she starred in many movement pictures and made sincere cash.

Going down memory lane, she recollects that she shot a film, ‘Christ in Me’ in Enugu, which opened doorways for many different initiatives.

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“I was incomes (N)800,000 abet in the yr 2000. So when I bought right here abet to Lagos, I bought right here abet with about N5 million. And I left that for 7.50 kilos per hour job in England.

“And I’m proud. And there could possibly be nothing this woman can’t carry out as a result of I do know what is named dignity in labour.

“I am going to brush from right here to Kenya or Ghana as extended as a result of it places meals on my desk and place garments on my kids and shelter on my head,” she mentioned.

She recollects how she did menial jobs like cooking, sweeping and cleansing workplaces in London.

“My life is vibrant. On the prepare or the bus, I put on my uniform with the company’s identify.

“Then I hear Nigerians speaking, asking if I’m the one. When I instruct sure, they query what I’m doing right here. I then query them, you, what are you doing right here? I’m happy. I’m happy. Now it’s historical past,” she added.


As an actress, Ms Sobowale’s performing occupation spans over 4 a very long time.

She opted out of a College of Schooling to look at her dream by going to Ibadan, then the hub of leisure in Nigeria. She initially enrolled as a secretary in coaching at Glimpse & Sound, Ibadan.

Alternatively, Tunji Oyelana (Sura De Tailor), who married her older sister, Kikelomo, enrolled her in the College of Ibadan’s Department of Music. But she would later swap to Theatre Arts.

Before the limelight, Ms Sobowale had roles in conventional sequence like ‘The Village Headmaster’ and ‘Mirror in the Solar’ and a few stage productions, together with Femi Osofisan’s ‘Our Husband Has Long earlier Angry Again’.

“I was lucky to work with Adebayo Salami, and we shot ‘Asewo To Re Mecca’,” she mentioned.

Her first shot at stardom was once from enjoying the now iconic function of Toyin Tomato in Wale Adenuga’s ‘Super Myth’ sequence titled ‘Oh Father! Oh, Daughter’.

Upon her return to the business in 2016, she starred in Nollywood’s subject save of job hit, ‘The Wedding Party’ and its sequel.

She moreover carried out the lead function in the acclaimed film ‘King of Boys’ and its notice-up sequence, ‘The Return of the King’.

In July 2022 she landed her first Bollywood function in director Hamisha Daryani Ahuja’s forthcoming movie.

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