How Bimbo Akintola got me into Nollywood – Actress Iyabo Ojo sheds light on acting journey
Actress Iyabo Ojo has recollected how her senior colleague Bimbo Akintola got her into the movie industry by introducing her to veteran actor Keppy Bassey.
Iyabo narrated this in a video posted on Instagram while speaking on her journey to Nollywood.
According to the mother-of-two, watching Bimbo Akintola’s performance in the movie Out of Bounds motivated her. Iyabo said she reached out to Bimbo who gave her several tips on acting and introduced her to Keppy who helped in getting her first role. She said:
“How did I start out in Nollywood? Okay, when I was done with secondary school I watched this movie called Out of Bounds, I fell in love with Bimbo Akintola’s acting. watching her on-screen that day I just said this is it.
So the first thing I had to do was go look for Bimbo Akintola. I found her helpfully by one of my friends and I told her I wanted to actress she was very warm, accomodating and then she taught me a few tricks and told me I had to register with AGN and I had to start going for auditions, I started moving around with her and I was going with her for auditions.
And then she introduced me to uncle Keppy Ekpenyong Bassey and his beautiful wife they were so nice to me and one day he just gave me a note somewhere in Surulere so I took the note and I went there and they said she still have to queue. And I was very excited at least for the first time I was going to have that opportunity to work in front of the camera and that was a big deal for me.”
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In a lengthy post shared on her Instagram page, Iyabo Ojo said she would never stop expressing appreciation to God for her life and the challenges she overcame. Iyabo Ojo recounted how people called her all manner of names because of her failed marriage both in the movie industry and the world at large.
According to Iyabo Ojo, the single mother status made people describe her as not having morals, not fit to be a model, talkative and a clout chaser even when she tries to tell her story.