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Jan 4, 2013 – Nigerian Actress Biola Ige Leaves Christianity For Hinduism Religion In India

Nigerian actress Biola Ige is an epitome of beauty. She joined the industry about four years ago and already she has become one of the most-sought- after actresses in Nollywood. Recently, she suffered a terrible growth of her thyroid gland that affected her neck, tongue, complexion and ultimately her budding career.

Then, it looked as if, all was over for her. But with divine intervention, she was flown to India where an operation was successfully carried out on her. And today, Biola can live to retell her story. In this interview, she talks about the operation, the rumoured controversy between Tonto Dikeh and her new-found faith- Hinduism. Enjoy!

How did you become an actress?

I have always wanted to be an actress since I was a child. Then, I wanted to star in Hollywood movies because my dad was a movie person. As a child, I had the opportunity to watch all the hit movies produced in Hollywood alongside my elder brother. My dad also supported my dream, but he wanted me to travel to America after my studies.

Unfortunately, when I completed my secondary education, my dad was not as wealthy as he used to be. He couldn’t send me to America again as he promised. As a result, there was nothing I could do. Like I said earlier, I fell in love with acting, but l wanted to act in Hollywood. When it didn’t work out because of lack of finance, l moved to Lagos after my University education. I went for auditions in Lagos and landed my first role in “Blindfold” produced by OJ Productions.

How many movies have you done to date?

Acquiring experience in whatever job you are doing is very vital and my experience has helped me star in more than fifty movies and I am still counting. Yes, I have been in the industry for about four years. I am proud of my achievement. I would have starred in more than fifty movies now, if not because of my sickness that took me to India. I am back in the country though lam not looking the same again. I am grateful to God for giving me my life back.

Which role has been the most challenging in your career?

The most challenging role for me was the one I played in the movie “Blackmail”. In that movie, l played the role of a model who married a rich man. Complications set in when the model’s old flame showed up as an employee in the company owned by her husband. And the situation became more complex when she fell again for the old flame who was already married to another woman. The intiruges at play were very challenging.

Which of your movies has been most financially rewarding and how much did you rake in from it ?

The monetary compensation is good, but it is not the most important thing when it comes to growing in your craft. Yes, l was rewarded for some of my jobs, but l cannot tell how much was given to me. I remember, “Blackmail”, Grand Player”, “Shakira”, “Darkest Link” and “My Fantansy”, were quite rewarding.

Is it true that you went to India to undergo an operation?

Well, I was very sick at some point in my acting career. I ran different tests because l didn’t know what was wrong with me. The test results showed I had thyroid problem. So, I travelled to India for treatment as well as to worship. I am sure people would think I went there for spiritual powers.I am sorry to disappoint you guys because I am not that kind of person.

What do you mean, you had a thyroid problem?

Having a thyroid problem is a grave disorder and illness. It is as a result of the expansion of the neck. It occurs when your thyroid gland over works itself or under works itself because of lack of the nutrient known as iodine.

When you said to worship, what do you mean by that?

It was an avenue for me to worship my God and yes, l worship as an Hindu. I know what you may want to say. I do not see anything wrong with following any religion of your choice. It is a free world. And I choose Hinduism.

What is your view of women who do body-enhancing jobs?

It is all about choice, so if you don’t feel good about your body and you have the money to do body makeover surgery, then do it with joy. As for me, I am good with the body God gave me. If a man doesn’t like me the way l am then he is on his own. But my only advice is that you should love yourself the way you are, there is nothing wrong with the body God gave you.

What would attract you to a man?

The way l carry myself is unique, but you can never tell what these men see in the ladies that attract them! Moreover, we all have something that should attract different men as the case maybe. Most men see things we don’t even know we possess. So, I would leave that to the men to decide what they see in me.

Did you become an Hindu when you travelled to India or while you were in Nigeria?

I was a Hinduist before I travelled to India. I was a Christian before I changed my faith and I must tell you I have found peace in Hinduism. And in India, I felt at home. I didn’t feel like returning to Nigeria again because everyone was so nice to me.

What is the controversy between Tonto Dike and yourself?

When I was sick, there were a lot of stories flying here and there that Tonto Dike was responsible for my sickness. But l didn’t believe it because we were not even friends before I fell sick. And why would Tonto Dike want to harm me when she has made a name for herself?

Are you in a relationship?

I don’t have time for that at the moment. I have just returned from a long break of illness and l need to make up in my career for the time I have lost.

When are we hearing the wedding bells for you?

Marriage comes naturally in the course of living and meeting people. I am not in a hurry to tie the knots. In fact, I am taking another three years to grow myself before thinking about marriage.

Some of your female colleagues are getting married to married men. Would you marry a married man?

When I am in a relationship, it takes my whole being and life. So if I am in love, l fall hopelessly in love, hence l cannot see myself loving another woman’s husband. I cannot share my man at all with any woman as I do not share my love.

Who are those people you admire in the industry?

I admire everyone I have worked with and my colleagues in the industry. I cannot actually mention one person as being more special to me. They are all different and special in their own ways.

Before you take up a role what do you consider first?

I picture the role and character in my mind’s eyes and how it is going to play out. I also consider what people would say when they see the movie and the character I played. If it will boost my image then the role is mine, if it is not good for me then l leave it.

Do you have any regret since choosing acting as a career?

I regretted not having my usual childish yearnings. I hate it when people discuss you, when they don’t even know you to guide their judgment. I hate that l cannot join the regular bus, but l don’t care what people say when l park to buy my regular roasted plantain known as boli. When it comes to that l don’t care what people say again!

Tell us a little about your childhood?

My childhood was awesome! I was a kid who loved to play football when I was growing up with my siblings. We went swimming in the river, climbing mango trees to pluck mangoes and all that. I was a tomboy while growing up, I never did girls stuff at all.

Are you related to the popular late Bola Ige family?

No. It is just a case of name sakes; late Bola Ige was from Oyo state, while l hail from Osun state.

Which part of your body do you consider sexiest?

Most people would say they prefer my boobs, shape and all that, but to me, I prefer my eyes. They are the mirror to my soul.

Nollywood is really evolving, with more sensual scenes. Would you take a role that involves you having sex on set?

I won’t describe it as having sex because it is drama- a make- believe world; hence everything done is not real. I would describe it as pretending to have sex. And yes I have done that in many movies, but they were never real.

How do you describe Nollywood love-making scene?

Nollywood love-making scenes are not like Hollywood where boobs and bums are exposed. In Africa, it is not in our tradition to do stuffs like that; hence the producers, directors and actors themselves are careful how they interpret such roles because of their futures.


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  1. coleman

    January 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Bola Ige is the most wonderful gift God has given to Nigeria and Nollywood.Non of her type had ever existed in Nigeria movies.She really added passion and commitment to her acting,which makes her role to be too real to believe it was a movie.Personally i prefered Ghana movies and detest watching nollywood movies for the fact that nollywood movies lack the sense, maturity and storyline homogeinity.But luckilly for me,i watched my flavour,though been attracted because of the Ghanian actors but to discover Bola Ige exceptional performance.I see her as a Hollywood in Nigeria.Pray for your speedy recovery. Anyway i am a medical doctor. Please for the boli(roasted plantain) please always add salt to them.Also avoid bitter leave soup as they remove salt from the body also.Don’t be afraid of hypertension,as there is more potassium in plantain. keep your career up. And stay healthy for us, we need you more now.

  2. olanrewaju

    January 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    what I know is that she is not a christian before her conversion to Hindu. A christian wont dress like a jezebel and prostitute.

    • KOOL

      July 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      all women re prostitues includin all d women dt surround u

  3. mr. Dave

    January 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    girl u sexy o

  4. Mac philip ese

    January 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Nigeria online,plz unbanned me fr0m ur facebook page.plz

    • KOOL

      July 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      dey dont av time 2 do dt cos dey av important issues 2 attend 2.u can do dt ursef

  5. Abdullahi Yusuf

    January 4, 2013 at 2:14 PM


  6. foxzy

    January 4, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Y will she do such thing God have always been good to u nd ur family how could u even de indians dey are runing out of it nd u are going.y will u do dat lovlysis pls stop it k.pls cry onto God nd ask 4 his forgiveness nd he will 4give u he gave u life every thing dat u needed y now turning ur back 4 him he die 4 our sin jst for we to live y now pls go nd ask 4 his mercy nd kindness father told dat de ear dat did not listen when dey cut off de head both de ear will go pls be4 it 2let go back to ur reion pls dank u.

    • KOOL

      July 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      if d tin pain u reach bone abeg go jump inside river

  7. omotosho

    January 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    late chief Bola Ige, former governor of old Oyo State and a chieftain of pan yoruba group, Afenifere was from Osun State and not Oyo State … it appears the interviewer did not even know this. Otherwise the correction would have been made

  8. odugu hillary o.

    January 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    That is a determined can take a horse to river but cannot force

    It to drink.u made it by becoming aa actress.

  9. elijah d gideon

    January 4, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    She know herself better and that is her fate.

  10. Love

    January 4, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    You were not a christian before so anything can go with such a person.

    I pity you because you have just missed the way, the truth and the life.

    If you will repent and turn from you wicked way way Biola, the Metciful father will forgive you

    Kindly do so before it is too late.

    Repent and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior who died for your sins and rose for your justification.

    No Indian Hindu died for you baby

    Jesus loves you

  11. henry

    January 5, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Thank you omotosho,it is a pity that the two of them does not know who was Bola Ige -hence the two of them are from thesame state.

  12. Adesanmi Adeyeba

    January 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    The two mentioned are from the same state. Bola Ige is from Esa-oke in Osun state.

  13. grace mag

    January 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    it is a pity dat u have abandoned ur faith for a strange one. how muchh have u achieved beinng hindu. God is mercyful and just to forgive. it is neva too late

  14. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Bola y would u do dat,kai u jst disapoint me,pls repent and giv ur lyf 2 christ b4 is 2 late,i luv u o.pls change

  15. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Bola y would u do dat,kai u jst disapoint me,pls repent and giv ur lyf 2 christ b4 is 2 late,pls change.

  16. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Bola y would u do dat,pls repent and giv ur lyf 2 christ b4 is 2 late,pls change.

  17. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Bola pls giv ur lyf 2 christ is beta dan any hudunism.i assure u

  18. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Bola pls change cos f ur 2moro.hudunism wat dnt do dat pls

  19. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Ige change pls cos f ur 2moro.hudunism wat dnt do dat pls

  20. Princess olaife

    January 15, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Give ur lyf 2 christ my is necesary

  21. Kevin peterson

    February 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Hey i also love HINDUISM.. Its not 1ly religion ,i think its way of life .this exist not 1ly since 2000 or 3000 years ,but it exist since the creation of world ,i know very well about hinduism ,i m also converted to hinduism,,hindus are very good and peacefull.i love hindus

  22. Mohammed

    October 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Hinduism is a way of life and a Hindu never discriminate on the basis of religion and gender and accept everyone graciously. Hindus do worship Jesus along with Krishna, Rama and other gods. For hindus, realizing the truth about life is important and as a person perceives the knowledge, he elevates from lower truth to Higher truth. I was a Muslim, but changed my religion to Hinduism. This religion is based on principles and not on founder.. So very nice religion. And I suggest, who ever read this comment to google on hinduism which you find some interesting facts on that religion. All the Best. Hare krishna!!!!!!

  23. maya

    October 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    hey people leave the lady alone God loves all Hindus,muslims, trados all. so let the lady be. we should celebrate a woman who came back from the shadow of death in a serious operation and from a sickness that could have taken her life.God bless the doctors whether Hindus,christians or muslims who operated on her. we love you Biola Ige.

  24. anand

    February 9, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    the basic principles of all religions are related to humanity and its development with dignity. good and bad people are in every society.
    As far as Hinduism is concerned, The entire world is merged in hinduism….

    As a Hindu, I know that this religion has done the most research about God & Godism. Welcome Ms. Biola Ige to my society. However, we request you to behave like a decent lady, by attire, words, presence etc..

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