Iyabo Ojo is a Nigerian actress who started her career as far back as 1998, she made her debut in a Nollywood movie but later crossed into the Yoruba movies segment. She is an A-list actress and producer and she’s featured in over 150 movies.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Iyabo was born on December 21, 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria but hails from Itoko, a suburb of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. She obtained her West Africa School Certificate at National College, Gbagbaga in Lagos before she proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic where she received a diploma certificate in Estate management.
She later got married and had two kids-Festus and Pricilla. She became an actress in 1998, after she met Bimbo Akintola in 1997, she took her round the industry and she was given an opportunity to showcase her talent through Keppy Ekpeyong in 1998. She played a sub- lead role in a film titled “Satanic”, that was her first time of ever facing a camera. In 1999, She got married and she had a son and in 2001, she had her second baby, a girl. She came back to the industry, but she was told she has to be travelling to the East, as a Yoruba girl, She decided to pitch her tent with Yoruba. She then joined ANTP, she also joined Odunfa Caucus where they have the likes of Alhaji Hassan Taiwo (Ogogo), Alhaji Yinka Quadri, Alhaji Abbey Lanre as the leaders of the group.
CAREER AND LIFE
In 2002, she was very lucky to have featured one of Yinka Quadri’s films-“Baba Darijiwon” and till now she have been acting. And in 2004, She started producing her own movie. Her first film was “Bolutife”, thereafter she did “Bofeboko” “Ololufe” “Esan” and “Okunkun biribiri”.
She has featured in over 150 movies and have produced over 14 movies of her own which includes Botife her 1st movie, Bofeboko, Ololufe, Ana si ana, Agogo ide, Ero mi, Iyan ogun odun, Wole akudaya, okunkun biribiri, award winning Omo gomina, Arinzo, Tenbelu and her most three recent english movies Silence, Beyond-disability and Black Val yet to be released The 37yrs old actress, producer, enterpreneur and a mother of two, 16yrs old Festus Oladunjoye Ojo (son) and 14yrs old Priscilla Ajoke Ojo (daugther) has also won alot of awards both local and international. In January 2015, her movie, titled Silence which featured Joseph Benjamin Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun and Doris Simeon was premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja in Lagos.
The single mother of two separated from the father of her kids over a decade ago but she is willing to try again. In a recent interview with City People, the controversial actress has said that she has a man in her life and will be giving marriage another shot soon.
SPEAKING IN AN INTERVIEW
‘I am getting married soon. You see my definition of marriage is undiluted happiness. Ever since I have been separated, there’s only one goal and that is happiness and that is what I look for. When you are married, you will have sound mind and then you can concentrate on achieving so much on your kids, your work and businesses. I am very hardworking and very determined and I don’t compromise my happiness. I can’t trade it for anything. My happiness comes first, Iyabo said.
Speaking further, she said: ‘I have a man in my life and we have been together for a while now. I love him, he cherishes my happiness and can’t compromise it as well. He supports everything I do but sometimes the best boyfriend may not be the best husband, but I leave all to God to perfect all that is left.’
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
1. Gold Award for Outstanding Performance 2006
2. African Film Award UK Best Cross Over Actress 2007 3. New Generation Arts & Culture Practitioners (NGACP) Honourary Merit Awards & Best Actress of the year 2007/2008 4. Ambassador Club of OAU (ACO – Ile Ife) Most Striking Female Artist 2007 5. City People Entertainment AWARD (CPEA) Recognition Award 2009 6. Abuja Int. Film Festival – Winner Best Feature Film Nigeria 2011 (OMO GOMINA) 7. Botra Award (BA) for Excellent Performance on Stage 2011 8. Deluxe Magazine Award UK for Excellence & Recognition 2011 9. Best of Nollywood Award (BON) Best Actress in Supporting Role 2012 10. Classic African Merit Award (CAMA) best Actressof the year 2013 11. Int Association of Psychiatric Nurses of Nigerria in New Jersey (IAPNN) awards for Creating
awareness on the mental issue caused by childabuse in SILENCE 2014 12. SILENCE Best Movie of the Year [BON] AWARDS 2014 13. Africa MouthPiece int. Woman of he year Award 2015. She is the CEO of FESPRIS LIMITED (Fespris Production, Fespris World, Fespris Academy, Fespris Beauty Academy), AND also the founder and president of Pinkies Foundation
ENDORSEMENT No popular endorsement.
CONTROVERSIES Have been rumored to be in a relationship with several stars. She’s been reported to be in relationship with Fuji star Pasuma and more other stars, she’s cleared air on most of her rumors though.