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This year 2018 has been a big year for fast-rising Nollywood actress and producer, Jumoke Odetola, from winning awards to producing movies that have pushed her career to another level.

The actress has showed that her decision to pursue a career in acting is not a fluke.

In a recent interview with SEYI SOKOYA, she speaks on her career, passion and secret of her success.

Read excerpt from her interview below;

Your acting career got a boost following the two awards you won at the AMVCA award- the best indigenous Yoruba movie/series production 2017 actress and the Best Female Actress-the City People Award. How did you feel?

It is natural for me to feel happy. I am elated and honoured. I will never succumb to insinuations that it came on favouritism. One of my notable attributes is the fact that I am very true to myself. So, if I had felt I did not deserve the awards, I would have reacted when I was nominated and I wouldn’t have honoured the occasions at all.

The winning was well-deserved, because I put my all in my career. This is all I do for a living, so I face it professionally. I am building myself everyday and a lot of hard work went into my interpretations in all the popular movies I have produced, as well as the ones I have featured in.

However, it is noteworthy to mention that other nominees at the City People Award are fantastic thespians; among them was one of my role models, Aunty Bimbo Oshin, but this is a legend, who has won over a hundred awards. She was full of encouragements and gave me a pat in the back. She was one of the first actresses that spread the news about my award on the social media immediately after the event.

How have you been handling the post-award fame?

I have a team of professional handlers led by Abiodun Jimoh of Prodigy and Pens. They have designed a blueprint with which I work with; so, the journey has been near perfect, but of course, not without some challenges.

How easy  was it for you trying to hit the spotlight?

As I said earlier, I’m working with a blueprint. In addition, I’m focused and hardworking. Strategy is the major recipe. Above all, God has been my source of inspiration and knowledge.

The industry, without doubt, is competitive.  What did you have to sacrifice in order to achieve the big break?

I have sacrificed some leisure to focus on building my career. I keep my circle small and I focus on telling pragmatic and relatable stories in my films.

What are some of the challenges you have faced in the industry and how were you able to overcome them?

To every problem, there is a solution. So, any time challenges arise, I just say to myself, there is a solution, find it! Besides my mother is highly spiritual, she can pray to soften a rock. I have been a beneficiary of her sacrifices and prayers to God.

It has been a busy year for you. What would you say is the high point for you this year so far?

A lot has happened. From scoring a hat-trick of nominations at the biggest awarding platform to filmmakers in Africa; The Africa Magic Viewer Choice Awards (AMVCA), to becoming The Best Actress Yoruba with laurels from Bon Awards, Behind Awards and City People Awards, among others. I also got an endorsement from reputable companies. But beyond all these, my greatest achievement is the fact that I have been able to touch lives as an actor through my works.

How did you discover your passion for acting?

The passion surfaced while watching actors across the screen as a child. Then, I said to myself I could do same or even better. I would lock myself up in the room several times to rehearse.

I’ll create my own dialogue and act out all the characters. My sister, Kemi, joined in the dream and we both conspired to nurse the ambition secretly. After my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exercise, I was convinced that I had done what my father wanted. He wanted me to study Computer Engineering. I said to myself that I can now face my life and concentrate on my passion. That was how I took acting up professionally and the rest is history today.

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