FULL NAME: Alice Iyabo Ojo
STAGE NAME: Iyabo Ojo
DATE OF BIRTH: Born December 21, 1977
HOW OLD IS IYABO OJO: She is currently 40 years old
OCCUPATION: Actress,Filmmaker and Director
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced
STATE OF ORIGIN: Ogun State
CHILDREN: Has two children Festus Oladunjoye Ojo (son) and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo (daugther)
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Alice Iyabo Ojo is a Nigerian film actress, director, and producer. She is one of the oldest and most talented names in the Nigerian Firm industry who started her acting career in a Nollywood movie before crossed into the Yoruba movies segment. Iyabo Alice Ojo is a prominent award-winning Nollywood actress who started her career as far back as 1998 and kept doing what she known how to do best till date. The A-list actress and producer has starred in over 150 movies.
Early Life , Background And Education
Alice Iyabo Ogunro was birthed on the 21 of December 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria, but she is originally from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. She was the youngest of three children, having two older brothers. She attended National College, Gbagbaga in Lagos where she obtained her West Africa School Certificate before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a diploma certificate in Estate management.
Iyabo Ojo later found her soul mate, got married and had two kids-Festus and Pricilla. She officially launched her acting career in the year 1998, after she met Bimbo Akintola in 1997, she took her round the industry and she was given an opportunity to showcase her talent through Keppy Ekpeyong in 1998. Her first role in a movie was in a film titled “Satanic”, that was her first time of ever facing a camera. She had her first baby in 1999, it was a boy. She took in again and gave birth to a bouncing baby girl making it two. She took a short break from movie acting and she finally came back after the hiatus, when she was back she was told to travel to East for movie location but as a Yoruba girl she didn’t want to travel far from her hometown so she resorted to sticking to Yoruba Movie Industry.
She made this decision because she didn’t want to leave her children because she had to choose between her career and her children. She later joined ANTP, she also joined Odunfa Caucus where they have the likes of Alhaji Hassan Taiwo (Ogogo), Alhaji Yinka Quadri, Alhaji Abbey Lanre as the leaders of the group. The actress is very grateful for her life now, disclosed that life was not so rosy for her when she started newly, she has seen, heard and conquered all adversities to be where she is today.
According to the Yoruba actress, she was once a sales girl, a secretary and a trader at some point of her life, read her complete story below:
“A time had been when all I got on a good day in our one room apartment where 2 of my in-laws also lived with us was 100 Naira daily to feed my son, my unborn daughter and myself which didn’t even come regularly,” Iyabo recounts.
“But with love and gratitude I managed it knowing that I was still in a better place than someone who was suffering from one deadly disease that had no cure and I also believed that one day I will have more than enough to go round because I deeply believed in myself.
“I blamed no one for my mistakes, I took out my pain and frustration on no one, I refused to be lazy, I refused to allow my mistake and situation rule and take the better part of me.
“Yes! Sometimes I break down, most especially when my babies fell ill and I had no money, the tears where so uncontrollable but I never gave up!
“I got a job, worked as a sales girl for a while, sent my self to school doing part-time, later got a better job and worked as a secretary, I was so hard-working that in few months I was promoted to a site manager with a salary of then 18k monthly until one day I lost my job because they felt a male was better off.
“Though they did good by paying me a 3 months salary upfront still I was very unhappy, I had 2 babies! I remember crying all the way home that I missed my bus stop.
“Again I blamed no one and I never lost hope. I then decided to start trading. I went into the business of buying and selling clothes, I started my own business with just 30k, I lost a lot of weight because of the stress.
“Don’t be mistaken, I wasn’t born poor, love made me journey down that lane but now I’m glad I did because I understand what it is to be poor and appreciate every little thing I have achieved!
“Thank you Lord! Now I’m telling part of my story to help encourage any poor mother who feels she can’t make it because she has kids and you ask your self where do I start from?
“The society is bad, I’m too much for this job, I have failed so I give up! No, No, No, you can be the best of you, never give up on your self, start anyhow, even if you have to sell pure water or do odd jobs.”
Her acting career started in her primary school days when she joined a drama group at secondary school, she commenced her acting career in 1998. When she came of age, she went to Bimbo Akintola, after watching one of her movies … and discussed how she wants to become an actress like her and she did everything possible to make sure her name is written on the map. Bimbo Akintola counseled her and directed her to register with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and also took her around introducing her to a lot of the people she knew in the industry.
She was featured in one of Yinka Quadri’s films-“Baba Darijiwon” in the year 2002, she starting movie production in 2004 . Her first film was “Bolutife”, thereafter she did “Bofeboko” “Ololufe” “Esan” and “Okunkun biribiri”. She was given her debut role in a movie titled “Satanic” in 1998 and it was an English-language film, In 2002, she made her Yoruba-language debut with Baba Darijinwon. Her film titled “Silence” was released in January 2015 and it features Joseph Benjamin Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun, and Doris Simeon, premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, in Lagos.
According to Iyabo Ojo’s biography, she has featured in over 150 movies and have produced over 14 movies of her own which includes “Bolutife” her 1st movie, Bofeboko,Iyan ogun odun, Wole akudaya, Ololufe, Ana si ana, Agogo ide, Ero mi, okunkun biribiri, award winning Omo gomina, Arinzo, Tenbelu and her most three recent English movies Silence, Beyond-disability and Black Val yet to be released.
Personal Life, Marriage And Divorce
Iyabo Ojo married a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1999 at the age of 21 and too beak from her career for some time. The actress, producer, enterpreneur gave birth to two children Festus Oladunjoye Ojo (son) and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo (daugther) . But they later ended their union after some years. According to the mother of two, the reason behind the breakup of her first marriage was because she got married too young. She recently revealed her intention to stop using her former husband’s surname, Ojo.
Iyabo Ojo was rumored to be dating the founders and General Overseers of Omega Fire Ministry and Salvation Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman and David Ibiyeomie, respectively. But it wasn’t officially confirmed.
The multiple award winning actress launched her NGO, Pinkies Foundation in May 2011, with the purpose of taking care less fortunate children and children with special needs . She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1 May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
- In 2014, Iyabo received the Int Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigerria in New Jersey (IAPNN) awards for Creating awareness on the mental issue caused by child abuse in SILENCE.
- In 2011, she received Deluxe Magazine Award UK for Excellence & Recognition.
- In 2012, she was given the Best of Nollywood Award (BON) Best Actress in Supporting Role.
- In 2013, she bagged the Classic African Merit Award (CAMA) best Actress of the year.
- In 2006, she won Gold Award for Outstanding Performance.
- In 2007, she won African Film Award UK Best Cross Over Actress.
- In 2007, she won Ambassador Club of OAU (ACO – Ile Ife) Most Striking Female Artist.
- In 2011, she won the Botra Award (BA) for Excellent Performance on Stage.
- In 2014, her movie, SILENCE won the Best Movie of the Year at [BON] AWARDS.
- In 2009, she was presented the City People Entertainment AWARD (CPEA) Recognition Award.
- In 2011, she got the Abuja Int. Film Festival – Winner Best Feature Film Nigeria for OMO GOMINA.
- In 2007, she won New Generation Arts & Culture Practitioners (NGACP) Honourary Merit Awards & Best Actress of the year.
- In 2015, Iyabo won the Africa MouthPiece int. Woman of the year Award.
- Satanic (1998)
- Apo Owo
- Awusa (2016)
- Tore Ife (Love)
- Agogo Ide (1998)
- Black Val
- Okanla (2013)
- Silence (2015)
- Beyond Disability (2015)
- Trust (2016)
- Ore (2016)
- Ipadabo (2016)
To list a few
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