Two Things That Promote Sex-For-Roles In Nollywood - Popular Actress Olubo Adegeye Speaks

Popular Nigerian actress, Bose Olubo shares her memories and dreams in this interview.

Bose Olubo

Nollywood actress Bose Olubo returned to the country recently after relocating to the US for many years. Although she said the relocation was necessitated by the need to be close to her children who were in school in America, she was shuttling between the two countries because she had to attend to her business in Nigeria. Olubo, who has had her hand in many pies since she returned to Nigeria, shares her memories and dreams in this interview with PAUL UKPABIO.

You seem to be more interested in business these days. What has been the inspiration?                   

Well, as far back as 1994, I was already having an office at Fadeyi (Lagos). I had always wanted to do business because what I fear most in this world is poverty. I have always wanted to establish something aside acting.

What kind of business did you go into?
I have been doing the same business of renting out studio equipment, cameras and light, and OBV for life streaming. That is what I have always done. To the Glory of God, I also have a factory that produces soap.

How do you cope with being a business woman and Nollywood actress?
I give Glory to God. Being an actress, like I told you, is about talent. When I am doing anything in entertainment, it is like I am living my normal life. It is not like a job to me. Though I had a brief break when I relocated abroad because of my children, I am back in the country now and I have started to go on location for recordings.

Acting and singing is very much a part of me. I go to my regular office in Ikeja. There I attend to my business. But whenever I get an acting job, I use the place to read my scripts as well. Right now, however, I do not do overnight recordings at locations except on special arrangement. It is easier for me that way.

How long were you away from Nigeria?
I was in the United States for eight years, and I enjoyed every moment of it. I was however coming to Nigeria when the children were on holidays. It was either I brought them home with me to Nigeria or they stayed with my sister while I rushed home to Nigeria. And when they resumed school, I had to go back to ensure that they were back in school and flowing with the rhythm. That is why in the last few years you have not been seeing much of my works. But I am fully back to Nigeria now.

So what led you into acting in the first place?
I used to be a popular face at Klinks studios in my younger days at Yaba College of Technology. At the beginning then, we had no office. The car was our office and we used to sit on the car bonnet at a popular street in Surulere. After school, I was always there. And, of course, there was the regular food place where the movie people meet. I was doing jingles and back-up singing then when I met Prince Jide Kosoko and Alade Aromire the same day. They wanted to shoot a movie and were preparing the sound track for the movie. That was how we met and that was the beginning of my full involvement in entertainment.

However, before then I had known a senior colleague, Paul Obazele, who I worked with for some time because of my interest in acting in English movies. I remember I came in through the English movies when I started. I took part in some television drama titled ‘Country People’ and others, but I had always also been involved with my colleagues who worked in the Yoruba movie sector of the entertainment industry. That is how I got into the movies.

How about your involvement in music?
Yeah, I have always been a musician. It was music before drama for me. I was already a musician before I became an actor. I had two musical albums before I started acting. I was a hit at Amen Awards then. Music started for me while I was in primary school with the likes of Bola Abimbola. My first album was produced by Yomi Omidiran. I sang contemporary African music. And some people still remember my music.

I am like a prophet when I sing. When the inspiration comes, I receive it and then work on it. My music is usually like a sermon. I am not in the studio right now for music but I can say that I am still into music, but just waiting for the inspiration and the right time. Music and acting are more or less the same thing to me. I write as well.

Which of your talents do you cherish the most?
That is just what I am saying; it is all about inspiration. When it comes, it is left for me to decide which of my talent platforms is best used to deliver the inspiration or express it. I would have to decide whether it will be best to deliver it by singing, acting or just writing it out.
Sex-for-role in Nollywood, was it like that in the beginning?
I did not have cause to have that experience, and the reason is that when I came into the industry I was comfortable. There are two things that makes a person wants to sleep with somebody. It is either the person wants to be a star or the person needs money. Fortunately for me, when I came into the industry, I was not after those two things. I didn’t plan to be an actor. I just wanted to sing for them. I remember the first time that I was told to play a role and we were there and it was my turn. Afterwards, I was told that I didn’t deliver. I actually said that they should let someone else do it. I was contented with being behind the scene writing the scripts. I didn’t have to go looking and begging a director for a role. I was not even interested. I wasn’t star-crazy.

Secondly, I was working and at that age, I was comfortable with money. I was earning and consulting and designing the pages for West African Pilot. I had cool extra money. I was also working for a company that was doing the payroll for multinational companies. Also at that time, I was a regular singer at popular nite clubs in Lagos, especially Lords Nite Club at Maryland, which was about the most popular then. I was also doing some form of back-up singing at Niteshift Coliseum. That was the life I was living and that was quite hectic. That was how I met most of the reigning people in showbiz then.

Moreover, I was from a family that could take care of me even if I was not working. Nonetheless, I knew that sex-for-role existed then, but I wasn’t a part of it because of my circumstance. And Alade Aromire who I worked with had a reputation for being a disciplinarian.

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