FULL NAME: Faithia Akorede Adunni Balogun
STAGE NAME: Faithia Balogun
NET WORTH: Fathia Balogun estimated net worth is N200 million
DATE OF BIRTH: Born February 5, 1969
HOW OLD IS FAITHIA BALOGUN: She is currently 48 years old
OCCUPATION: Nigerian Actress, Movie Producer
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced
HUSBAND: Saheed Balogun (former)
CHILDREN: She had three kids before her marriage with Saheed Balogun hit the rock
EDUCATION: Olufunmila Nursery School, Ikeja, Lagos State Maryland Primary School, Maryland, Lagos State Maryland Comprehensive High School, Lagos Kwara State Polytechnic, Kwara State.
Faithia Balogun’s Profile
Faithia Balogun is a Nigerian actress, film-maker, producer and director. She is a multi-award winning Nollywood actress who started her acting career in the early 90s. The screen diva is mostly known in the Yoruba movie industry and she has starred in several Nollywood firms . She is one of the respected and highly sought after actress due to her pretty and non-aging looks.
Early Life And Background
Faithia Balogun was born on February 5th 1969 at Ukwara, water side local government area of Delta State, southern Nigeria into a polygamous family of 9. She attended Olufunmila Nursery School, Ikeja, Lagos State for her Nursery education, Maryland Primary School, Maryland, Lagos State for her primary and Maryland Comprehensive High School, Lagos for her secondary education. After completing her formal/basic education, she proceeded to Kwara State Polythechnic, Kwara State where she received a diploma certificate before she ventured into her professional movie career.
Before she started her acting career, she once worked as a general receptionist at Chips Bit & Bit, a Computer Company on Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos back then and she was earning about 5,000 naira per month. Movie career came as a joke because she never had any plans to go into movie acting but all thanks to “Alhaji Fatai Teniola” who introduced her into the Industry by casting her and It all started in the early 90’s. According to the never aging diva, “acting was never part of my passion or dream, i only wanted to be a broadcaster, even though my father wanted me to be an accountant.” Unfortunately and fortunately , she failed her JAMB exams and as a result of staying at home for so long, her father had to give her the freedom of doing whatever pleases her.
Back in the days , as a child growing up you don’t have any say regarding what you want to became in future as it was the place of your parents to decide your fate. She initially wanted to become a broadcaster but her parents was planning something else for her . At some point, she also give law a trial but could not cope because the extra work needed by law students in school.
Speaking with the Nation newspaper, she said, “After several attempts with JAMB, because my maths was poor, and coupled with the fact that I was staying too long at home, my father advised that I go on to do whatever pleased me.
“So, I went to study diploma in Law at Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin. But that one too became too wide for me, the reading was getting too much. I left and travelled to the UK. By that time, I had been introduced to acting.
“A brother and family friend introduced me to the late veteran actor, Kokonsari. Along the line, I met the likes of Dele Odule, Toyin Adegbola, the late Ireti Adekola and many others. But I started fully when I returned to Nigeria in 2000.”
Career Inception And Rise To Fame
Fathia Balogun started her acting career at an early age. She has featured in so many movie as well as directed several Nigerian films over the years. She has won several awards including the “Africa movie Academy Award” for the Most Outstanding Actress Indigenous and bagged another one, best indigenous film of the year which her movie “Iranse Aje” won . The Yoruba actress also won the “Africa Movie Academy Award” in April 2014, having emerged as best actress of the year along with Odunlade Adekola who emerged as best actor of the year. She also won the “Best Indigenous Language: Yoruba award” for the work done in the film “Iya Alalake” at the “2015 Africa-Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards” AMVCA.
The Nollywood diva has spent decades in the in the entertainment industry and she is no doubt categorized among veteran in business.
Excerpts of Nollywood actress Fathia Balogun recent tell it all interview with Taiwo Ojoye.
Can you recall some of your most memorable childhood experiences?
The only thing I can vividly remember is my experience in school. I went to one of the most popular schools in those days, Maryland Comprehensive High School, Ikeja. I loved going to school because every morning, my father would drive me to school and I always looked forward to seeing him after school or whenever he returned from the office.
What kind of family do you come from?
My family is a very small one. We were not extremely rich but we were very comfortable. I had everything a kid desired and I really enjoyed my childhood.
When was the first time you considered acting as a career?
I was a student of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin and I came home for a brief vacation. One day, my late foster brother, Fatai Teniola, was waiting for one of his casts to show up for a movie production. When the actress didn’t come, he and Kokonsari asked me if I could play the role. I replied that I couldn’t and that was not even interested in acting. However, after much pleading, I decided to do it. I went back to school after that and I didn’t return for a long time so I forgot all about acting because it wasn’t in my plans. As of then, I was studying for a diploma in Law, with the intention of switching over to accounting because my father really wanted me to become an accountant. But I didn’t get admission to study accounting because I wasn’t good at mathematics. After school, I didn’t have anything to do, so I joined my foster brother’s production outfit and that was how it started. I then realised that it was something I enjoyed and I decided to go with the flow. Because I began to enjoy acting, I didn’t go back to school for my Higher National Diploma. That was when it occurred to me that I could take it up as a sustainable career. I rose fast in the movie industry because as of the time I joined, there weren’t too many actresses in the industry and I was getting ample jobs. However, after few years of acting, I travelled to the United Kingdom.
Did you eventually complete your studies in the UK?
Yes, I enrolled for a part-time drama course, though I did not finish because I got pregnant along the line. But I still had the determination that I would go back to school. Last year, I went to the Olabisi Onabanjo University to study Filming and I am happy about it.
Can you recall the first movie you acted in?
It was either T’alo pa Chief or Secretary and that was between 1989 and 1990.
Which movie made you popular?
T’alo pa Chief was a very popular movie back then and I played a major role in it. Then I was
using the name, Faithia Williams and some people still refer to me by that name. After I got
back from UK, I acted in Abule Sowo by Yinka Quadri and that revived my career again.
What were some of the challenges you faced at the beginning of your career?
I usually tell people that there are challenges in all careers, even for meat sellers in the market.
One has to pay his or her dues when coming up. You cannot just get there and think you would
rise to the top in no time. If you don’t have endurance and patience, you wouldn’t be able to make it because you will get to hear a lot of messed up things. There is also an incident that happened at the early stage of my career. After returning from London, I was invited to act the sub-lead role in a movie outside Lagos. When we finished shooting the firrst day, the director said the lead actress, who was reigning at that time though I started acting before her, would sleep in the best hotel in that town, while I would follow him to his one-roomed apartment. I ended up sleeping on a couch for two days and I didn’t complain. But I prayed to God and asked him to make me grow bigger than even the lady and I’m grateful for where I am today.
How many movies have you produced?
I’ve produced about 15 movies.
If you were not an actress, what do you think you would have been doing?
I honestly don’t know. Even if I had completed my education at the initial stage, I don’t think I would have worked with my certificate. However I like engaging in business and I am already doing that alongside my acting career.
Do you watch your own movies?
Not really, because I feel very stupid doing that and I criticise myself a lot.
Are you still willing to give marriage another shot?
I don’t know if I’ll fall in love again but let’s leave that to God. Never say never.
Do you think it’s advisable for entertainers to date each other?
We all have our lives to live and I cannot dictate to anybody.
What is your offcial name now?
My name is Faithia Williams.
Personal Life And Marriage Life
She legally married Saheed Balogun in the early stage of her career and the union produced 3 kids before they separated. When asked the reason behind the collapse of their marriage she still insists she is with Saheed who has already gone to marry another wife named Funke Tayo Sofowora . One thing that i see these days is that celebrity marriages doesn’t last. They have a lavished marriage ceremony and they dissolve the union after few years some even end their’s in months time.
Parents: Mr & Mrs. Williams
Brothers: Ken Williams, Anderson Williams, Charles Williams
Sisters: Joseline Williams, Stella Willams
Awards And Achievements
- Faithia Balogun won the Most Outstanding Actress Indigenous (2008)
- Faithia Balogun also won the Best Indigenous Language at the 2015 Africa-Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards AMVCA (2015)
- On April 2014, she won the Africa Movie Academy Award
- Agbelebu Mi (2016)
- Basira Badia (2016)
- Farayola (2009)
- Awawu (2015)
- Teni Teka (2015)
- Omo Ale (2015)
- Adakeja (2016)
- Eku Eda (2016)
- Aje metta ( 2008)
- Aje metta 2 (2008)