Iyabo Ojo

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Alice Iyabo Ojo (born 21 December 1977) is a Nigerian film actress, director, and producer. She has featured in over 150 films, and has produced over 14 of her own

Early life and education

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

Career

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

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. 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.

In 2004, Ojo started producing her own films, her first production being Bolutife, after which she made Bofeboko, Ololufe, Esan and Okunkun Biribiri.

Personal life

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

Pinkies Foundation

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.

Selected filmography

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

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