For award-winning Nollywood actress, director and producer, Omoni Oboli, life hasn’t
been a bed of roses as she almost packed her bags when she returned toNollywood years ago.
The actress who decided to take a break from acting in 1996 to completeher studies and to give birth to three boys returned to Nollywood in 2009only to see there was practically no place for her in the industry.
The delectable actress had to show doggedness and resilience in a bid toshow the industry that quitting is not on the menu for her “I did Figurine and Anchor Baby shortly after I came back, the two movies madeweighty impacts in the then returning cinema culture’’ Omoni recounts.
Despite the fact that she was making a re-entry into the industry, sheturned down scripts that didn’t align with her ideals ‘’I decided to takethe more difficult but surer route to where I wanted, which is the routeof ‘only good quality jobs’. I decided with my husband and team then thatif the movie production did not spark my interest in terms of a goodstoryline and high production value, I won’t do it. It cost me a lot as Iwasn’t doing asmany jobs as many of my colleagues then. Often, even when the moneyoffered was very attractive, I turned down roles because the movie
production was not what I wanted’’.
The A-list actress whose last three movies Being Mrs Elliot, The FirstLady and Wives on Strike have made box office hits with the last onebecoming the third highest grossing Nollywood movie of all time at thecinema now has a new work on the horizon titled,Okafor’s Law.
‘Okafor’s Law’ though yet-to-be-released recently got nominated at theToronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the top 5 filmfestivals in the world.
Speaking on the nomination, the amiable actress said ‘’ The selection ofOkafor’s Law, which is my most ambitious movie ever as an actress,producer and director, at TIFF makes me emotional and nostalgic. Iremember the many nights and days of sacrifices, going the extra mile andnot getting enough credit. The TIFF selection is a form of validation formy work and I am grateful to God’’.
She went on to thank the cast and crew of Okafor’s Law and with anemotion-laden show of gratitude, she said ‘’I say a huge thank you to theentire cast and crew of Okafor’s Law. Words fail me in this moment, but Ideeply appreciate all of them for giving me their best sothat this movie turned out the way it is. If I have another chance to dothis again, I will certainly do it again with this cast and crew’’.
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