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Dakore Akande: My Husband Takes Care Of His Kids & Do House Chores, He Is Not A Typical African Man

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Dakore Akande: My Husband Takes Care Of His Kids & Do House Chores, He Is Not A Typical African Man

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September 9, 2017 – Dakore Akande: My Husband Takes Care Of His Kids & Do House Works, He Is Not A Typical African Man

Nollywood Actress Dakore Akande, nee Egbuson’s career lull is over and the elegant thespian is back on the grind with a fresh spark. Her career hiatus was occasioned by her marriage to Olumide, son of billionaire businessman, Harry Akande. She speaks with LANRE ODUKOYA about her grand return to acting and family.


You seem to like tea so much…

Oh, yes! I drink green tea every day. It’s like the best. It cleanses your system and it’s an antioxidant. I’m a tea drinker, I love it more than coffee. I do herbal tea sometimes like peppermint for digestion. I exercise and I do a lot of health stuffs and I take multivitamin supplements. I want to stay young in physique and at heart.

Little wonder you still look this trim and young…

Yes, that was the plan. I never wanted to look somebody’s mother yet.

And it doesn’t bother you when much younger guys just make passes at you?

‘Them no dey toast me o. Them dey mad?’ They know this is not a girl. There is a way you’d see a woman that’s slim, trim, fair and fine but you’d also realise this woman isn’t my mate. They know so they don’t come near me. Yes, we would say ‘hi’ from a distance and that’s as far as it would go.

What about the older men?

They’re not that bold. They know I’m married. Look at these rings (she thrust forward her finger) and you’d know they’re big enough. There’s no way you’d just want to do that. After seeing the rings there’s no way you wouldn’t lose the courage even if you’d gathered it before. They just feel, ‘I can’t compete with that’ which is great. Kudos to Mr. Akande!

You wore dreadlocks for years and defined a personality you wanted to be identified with…

(Cuts in) I think from the time I started having dreadlocks people started noticing that this is somebody who is very conscious. When I found my consciousness, I just tried to read more, asked questions and interested in other faith and religion. I tried more to understand people better with their faith as well and it brought me to where I am right now. I want to continue to grow; I don’t want to ever stay stagnant with my faith in God and in humanity.

It was incredible to see you scrape your lovely dreadlocks…

I understand but I was bored. I carried it for 13 years and you know for a woman, we love to change our hair, we like to be adventurous and I coloured it, cut it short, grew it really long and did everything with it until there was nothing else to do and I just got bored. But I still have them. I keep them in a box, so sometimes I still look at them in the box.

Many people miss the frequency of your face on the movie jackets, was marriage responsible for that long hiatus?

Of course not! I’m a bit offended that this old question is still being asked even when I’m working and got nomination for Best Actress at AMAA for my role in the movie entitled ‘50’. You know progression is important. I can’t keep on doing things at the same level. I need to progress, so I must leave the field for the younger ones. I cannot be hustling now the way I used to hustle ten years ago. The upcoming ones should be given the space to do that. You hustle smart and not hard. I’ve moved from the Asaba movies, though it trained and made me. I’m doing more cinema works and you know that kind of work is not as regular and on the faces people as the other. I’ve also been very picky about my works and what I lend my name and energy to. It just can’t be like before when I was in all the films.

How did you get the role took in the movie, ‘50’?

I auditioned. I had a screen test.

Has there been any character you’d taken away from one movie set to another or even back home?

No, that’s part of why I don’t work all the time because I believe as an actor, you’re embodying another character. So, the same way it takes time to embody that character, it takes time to wean yourself of that character. And if you do works back to back, then you’d have a backlog of all these characters. And you’d start having psychological issues because if you take it seriously, the way I do, you’d need a break. After ‘50’ I didn’t work for almost six months and I’m glad to be in this position that I can afford to give myself that break because struggling actors don’t really have that option. Sometimes you play some really horrible characters and you want to really make sure you get it out of your system because it can really interfere.

When was the last time you did any film before ‘50’?

‘50’ was like my seventh film after the hiatus. I did ‘Journey to Self’ which was my first comeback film in 2012. Then I did ‘Unconditional’ with Uche Jombo and after that I did a short film called ‘Paired’ and it only showed online. So, I’ve been working steadily. I did ‘After the I Dos’ which was an MNET movie that came out as one of the Africa Magic original films. I went onset for ‘Hear Word’ afterwards. I started working on stage, I did that for two seasons. I was doing all that to hone my skill back. All those steps gave me a leap on my talent so that by the time ‘50’ came along, I was fully prepared. Mo Abudu is somebody I respect so much and somehow she always wants me in her project. It was actually Tope Oshin, the producer that called me for ‘50’. She just said, “Dakore, there’s this movie we’re doing but you have to read for it. Hope you don’t mind doing to read for it.” And said, what? Are you kidding me? I would read for anything. And the rest is history.

Have all these engagements interfere in motherhood for you?

Well, it really did. And at other time I was away from work because I didn’t want to be pregnant and be working at the same time. I was pregnant with my second child in ‘Unconditional’ and nobody knew. I was three months project, but after that, I said no more movies.

When are you returning into the labour room again?

For now, I’m fine with my two kids. It’s not easy.

What do you miss from your yesterday?

I miss waking up and just travelling anywhere I want to. I loved to travel so much. I could just wake up one morning and say, you know what? I’m bored and I’m going to London. So, I miss that because now I have to plan for my family. I must be certain everything is in place. Previously I could decide on the spot if I’m taking a script or not, but now I have to consider my kids. Is the movie is such that I’m comfortable with my children watching? I now have more filters. When I was younger I could take perhaps any role I like but now I must discern them because my kids are going to watch. I don’t want to embarrass my family with the roles I take. That’s not to say that I’ve always taken embarrassing roles because I’ve been very lucky. Even when I take controversial roles, I did with a lot of poise and class. It wasn’t tacky at all.

Your wedding anniversaries have been quiet and seem like you never celebrated

I just don’t want to be putting our stuffs out like that. Marriages nowadays, my mother always say, “cover your yam and how you’re eating it”. Like on his birthday, I just do maybe some posts on Instagram but we like to celebrate anniversaries in-house with the kids. We’ve been together for ten years but married for six years.

Does he do any chores?

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Yes, he takes care of his kids. He’s not your typical African man.




  1. prince of Ijesha

    September 9, 2017 at 6:41 AM

    Wait right there young lady, correct African men are even more responsible than your over rated husband.
    The next time you grant interview be careful how you speak
    From your statement, you are claiming that African men do not take care of their kids.
    You are wrong, dumb and foolish.

  2. Kingsley Ogubor

    September 9, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Am disappointed Dakore, I really want to believe you didn’t say this
    How can you drag your fellow africans like this, this insult is the least expected from you and itis uncalled for.
    We deserves an apology

  3. Vivienne B

    September 9, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    People are already getting offended ha ha ha. Na true she talk na

  4. U

    September 9, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    The interviewer used the phrase’ house chores’ and she said ‘yes’, but ypu cannot seriuosly believe that her husband does house chores! Her husband must be close to being a billionaire ,so they Definitely have housekeepers and babies, common!

  5. U

    September 9, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    The interviewer used the phrase’ house chores’ and she said ‘yes’, but ypu cannot seriuosly believe that her husband does house chores! Her husband must be close to being a billionaire ,so they Definitely have housekeepers and nannies, common!

  6. Black Stone

    September 9, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    That’s a generalized statement.Most Africa men take care of their kids and help with the chores around the house so your husband is not special.Only the drunk and useless men don’t take care of their kids and they are in all races.

  7. Keep it real

    September 9, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Fine and good you being careful with the roles you take right now, but what’s going to happen to other roles you played in the past.I’m afraid your kids might end up watching.

  8. iron bar

    September 9, 2017 at 4:25 PM


  9. SuperAbove

    September 9, 2017 at 6:05 PM

    I think some of those actresses don’t know when to say no to some questions. Why not keep your personal life private? Perhaps tomorrow you will also tell us your hubby wipe your bum and bath you too.

  10. Danti

    September 9, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Why are these deranged Nollywood lollipops open their dirty mouths foolishly? So because your husband spoiled your lazy ass that means he is being the Oyinbo you stupid and ignorant African girls cherished. Sometimes, when a man does that, he is doing it to cover his dirty tracks- only time will tell the veracity her statements.

  11. Anike

    September 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Green tea is good depending on how much you drink daily because of the caffeine content. I used to drink a lot of green tea until I was advised to cut down or change to decaffeinated because my pulse rate went up. Dakore take note.

  12. Ij

    September 11, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    U don de carry ur marriage comot for socail media abi ? Watch it ooo…..dont say u were not warned.

  13. Victoria jerry

    August 20, 2018 at 7:25 AM

    I love did girl men. So happy for you d man actually seem very reasonable and responsible. Correct guy no be like did I’ll trained men we have everywhere commenting blash.God will keep ur marriage my love.

  14. Chinonye nwadike

    September 1, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    it’s gud dat u ar being cautious of d roles u play, I think dat u should be more considerate about speaking of personal family issues on internet, talk moderatly, don’ t go deep I also like ur health measures, you ar doing good baby, no matter what people say, i love you nd u ar still one of my best, may God bless and sustain your marriage and family,keep doing ur best, trust me, ur limit is far beyond de sky.

  15. Dee

    November 28, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Wow! I enjoyed every bit of all you said. I love you Dakore. You have always been one of my best. I’m happy that your marriage is working. I’m happy that you’re happy. Shun the critics. Let them go to hell! Nothing wrong in all you said darling. But wait, you’re 40? I’m still shocked. Looking forward to be as beautiful in d next four years when I’ll be 40. God bless you and Ur family darling! Hugs.

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