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Exclusive: My love for Sunny Ade, Pasuma – Ronke Oshodi

Veteran Nigerian film actress, Ronke Ojo, who is popularly known as ‘Ronke Oshodi Oke’ in this exclusive interview with Damilola Ayobami Fayesile, shares her experience in the Nollywood industry and the love she has for popular music icons, King Sunny Ade and Alhaji Wasiu Alabi Pasuma. Excerpts:
Your background briefly?
My name is Mrs. Ibironke Ojo Anthony, popularly known as Ronke Oshodi Oke. I was born on 7th July, 1974. I’m a native of Akure in Ondo State.
What turns me on includes music and cooking, and I don’t really go out because I am not the party type.
When did you start your acting career?
I started acting in May, 1997
How many movies have you produced?
I have produced about 15 movies on my own. Among them are; “Owon Ikoko”, “Gbajumo”, “Ede mi”, “Osun Shengeshe” and many others.
Are you currently working on any project?
Yes, I am working on one now, although it is not yet out.
Who among the celebrities influence you most?
I love King Sunny Ade and likewise Alhaji Pasuma Wonder. The two of them are well-respected as far as music is concerned in Nigeria and even beyond. Both of them have been very influential to me.
Who do you admire most in the movie industry?
I admire a lot of people, but few of them are Late Bimpe Adekola, Jide Kosoko, Adebayo Salami, Sola Sobowale, Mama Rainbow and others who are veterans in the movie industry. They have been source of inspiration to the younger ones.
What inspired your choice of acting as a career?
I would say no one. It was just by fate or accident. I walked up to one of them, Late Muftau Oladokun, popularly known as Baba Alaran, who later became my boss. May his soul rest in peace.
What do you spend your money on mostly?
Laugh! Jewelries! I love buying jewelries.
Do you really believe in love at first sight?
What works for me might not work for another person. I don’t really believe in love at first sight. It exists because you might see someone for the first time and like the person and the relationship might work out. But, I still believe that you need to get acquainted with the person and study him or her carefully before going into any relationship.
There is competition in the industry, what position do you see yourself?
I’m not competing with anyone. To start with, I have never seen myself as a threat or rival to anyone.
In the next few years, where do you wish to see yourself?
I should be a grandmother by then (she laughs). By God’s grace, I will be taking care of my grandchildren by that time. Also, I see myself in a good place as God will be helping me.
What is the thing you wished to have done while you were still younger?
I should have furthered my education the more. That’s why I do advise those who are just joining us in the industry to firstly consider education. Even if you don’t utilize it for a white-collar job, you can always use it somewhere else that is far better. I’ve been wishing to return back to school in the last ten years and it has not materialized. That shows it won’t be easy going back to where you are supposed to have left.
If you are given the chance to give up on something in life, what will it be?
As for me; nothing is a big deal. If I feel that someone needs what I have, I will gladly give it out.
You’ve been interviewed so many times, what is that question you wished they should have asked but they never did?
I think there is none; I’ve always identified myself with the press anytime.
What are your achievements do far?
I give God all the glory that my acting career has favoured me in so many ways. For instance, I had my first child in the United Kingdom, likewise my second child in the United States of America. I may not have that rare opportunity if it were to be another profession entirely.
Any challenges on the job so far?
Challenges are normal in every human’s life. We are bound to face challenges at any point in time. However, the job has not been rewarding these days as a result of piracy and other issues. It is only God that can help us, I will just advise everyone in the profession, especially the upcoming ones to have a backup plan. Generally, the economic situation in Nigeria is not smiling. Creativity is the key!
Lessons learnt so far in life?
Life has taught me so many things. Firstly, you need to be calm and try as much as possible to make yourself little comfortable. Don’t stress yourself unnecessarily. I’m not saying that you should not work or make money, just don’t overdo things. Also, avoid pursuing people by copying their lifestyle; do it your normal way.

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