Iyabo Ojo

Alice Iyabo Ojo (born 21 December 1977) is a Nigerian film actress, director, and producer.[1][2][3][4] She has featured in over 150 films, and has produced more than 14 of her own.[1]

Iyabo Ojo
Born
Iyabo Ojo

(1977-12-21) 21 December 1977 (age 43)
Occupation

Early life and educationEdit

Iyabo Ojo was born as Alice Iyabo Ogunro on 21 December 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria, although her father was from Abeokuta, Ogun State.[5] She was the youngest of three children, having two older brothers.[5] She went to school in Lagos at National College, Gbagbada, before proceeding to study Estate Management at Lagos State Polytechnic.[6]

CareerEdit

Having been involved in a drama group at secondary school, Iyabo Ojo commenced her acting career in 1998. She registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) through the help of Bimbo Akintola, she also able to network to other people [7]

Ojo has scripted and featured in several Nigerian films. Her first role was in 1998's Satanic, an English-language film. In 2002, she made her Yoruba-language debut with Baba Darijinwon.[8] In January 2015, her film Silence, which features Joseph Benjamin Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun, and Doris Simeon, premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, in Lagos.[9][10]

In 2004, Ojo started producing her own films. Her first production was Bolutife, after which she made Bofeboko, Ololufe, Esan and Okunkun Biribiri.[1] She also divorced her husband before her fame started.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Marrying a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1999, when she was 21,[12] Iyabo took a break from pursuing her career. She gave birth to a son and then a daughter (born in 1999 and 2001 respectively), namely Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, but is now divorced from their father.[13][1][5] She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to marrying too young.[14] She has spoken of her intention to stop using her former husband's surname, Ojo.[12]

On 31 August 2020, she celebrated her mother's birthday with beautiful photo shoot which she displayed them on social media.[15]

Pinkies FoundationEdit

Iyabo Ojo launched her NGO, Pinkies Foundation, which caters to the children with special needs and the less privileged, in May 2011. She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1 May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.[16]

ActivismEdit

In April, 2021, she strongly condemned fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi for sympathising with Olanrewaju Omikunle (Baba Ijesha) who was arrested for molesting a minor.[17] On May 12, 2021, she took legal action against Yomi Fabiyi (who had earlier staged a protest requesting the release of Baba Ijesha) for making "defamatory statements" about her.[18][19]

ControversiesEdit

In 2019, her daughter Priscilla Ajoke Ojo gave an apology to her mother for visiting a strip club as a way of celebrating her 18th year birthday with her friends.[20]

Selected filmographyEdit

  • Satanic (1998)
  • Agogo Ide (1998)
  • Baba Darinjinwon (2002)
  • Okanla (2013)
  • Silence (2015)
  • Beyond Disability (2015)
  • Black Val[21]
  • Arinzo
  • Apo Owo
  • Awusa (2016)
  • Tore Ife (Love)[22]
  • Trust (2016)[22]
  • Ore (2016)
  • Ipadabo (2016)[22]
  • Twisted Twin (2016)
  • Kostrobu (2017)
  • Gone to America (2017)
  • Divorce Not Allowed (2018)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Actress Iyabo Ojo Full Biography, Life And Career", T.I.N. Magazine, 27th January 2016.
  2. ^ Tolu (18 October 2014). "Iyabo Ojo Talks About Her Fashion Lifestlye". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Iyabo Ojo's 'Silence' records low turn out at cinema". The Nigerian Tribune. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ Haliwud (30 September 2014). "Iyabo Ojo tells us why her first marriage crashed". Information Nigeria. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Adebayo Nurudeen, Francis Ogbonna and Stephen Aya, "Marriage Is A Distraction –Iyabo Ojo", National Weekender, 16 January 2015.
  6. ^ Timilehin Ajagunna (21 December 2015). "Yoruba actress, Iyabo Ojo clocks 38 today". Nigerian Entertainment Today.
  7. ^ "Iyabo Ojo: Biography, Career, Movies & More". nigerianfinder.com. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  8. ^ Onikoyi, Ayo (26 May 2012). "I am not in a rush to remarry – Iyabo Ojo". Vanguard. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Bad Market For Iyabo Ojo, As Stars, Fans, Media, Shun Her Movie Premiere". nigeriafilms.com. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Several millions went into producing Silence — Iyabo Ojo". Vanguard News. 18 January 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  11. ^ "I Gave Up Education For My Kids - Iyabo Ojo". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2020-10-01. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  12. ^ a b "Iyabo Ojo Has Droped [sic] Her Ex Husband’s Name; Changes To Maiden Name ‘Ogunro’", Nigeria Films.
  13. ^ Ademola Olonilua (26 March 2013). "I regret rushing into marriage –Iyabo Ojo". The Punch. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013.
  14. ^ Segun Adebayo. "I've corrected my marital mistakes — Iyabo Ojo". tribune.com.ng. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  15. ^ "Iyabo Ojo Celebrates Mum's Birthday In A Grand Style (Photos)". The African Media. 2020-08-31. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  16. ^ "Official Photos From Iyabo Ojo's Star-Studded Pinkies Foundation @ 5 Anniversary Event". Fashionpheeva. 4 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Iyabo Ojo Comes For Yomi Fabiyi Over His Comments On Baba Ijebu's Rape Saga". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2021-04-28. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  18. ^ Media, IFM Social. "Iyabo Ojo Sues Yomi Fabiyi, Demands N100m For Defamation". Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  19. ^ "UPDATED: Baba Ijesha: Yomi Fabiyi leads protest in Lagos". 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-14.
  20. ^ "Iyabo Ojo's daughter apologizes to her after visiting strip club". Pulse Nigeria. 2019-03-17. Retrieved 2021-04-27.
  21. ^ Chidumga Izuzu (15 February 2016). "'Black Val' – Toyin Aimakhu, Iyabo Ojo, Dayo Amusa, Desmond Elliott attend premiere". Pulse.ng. Chidumga Izuzu. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  22. ^ a b c "Best Iyabo Ojo Movies 2017 | Latest Movies & Filmography". Yoruba Movies. Retrieved 17 July 2017.