Feb 25, 2018 – Nollywood Actor Owolabi Ajasa: I’m The First Graduate In My Family, I Did NYSC To Break The Curse
Nollywood actor Owolabi Ajasa whose NYSC orientation camp photo went viral on the social media few days ago has explained his reason for answering the ‘clarion call’
Here is what the actor said in a chat with Sunday Scoop:
“It is a simple matter. It all depends on the time you finish your tertiary education. If you are over 30 at that time, you can choose to seek exemption from service but I chose not to do that. I also decided to ‘serve’ because I am the first graduate in my family and it really meant a lot to me. That’s why I wrote on social media that I broke a jinx in my family by observing NYSC.
“I attended Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, Ogun State, and I studied Marketing. As filmmakers, marketing is also part of our job. Though there are people who market our films, it is not a crime if we sell our films ourselves. I still have plans to return to school to study more because knowledge always keeps evolving.”
“It was a very great experience. I met many youth corps members and we interacted well. We had a lot of fun times together. I wasn’t really treated like a celebrity in camp. Most of the officials in the Kogi camp were from Benue State and many of them didn’t recognise me because they don’t watch Yoruba movies since they don’t understand the language.
“The corps members, especially the ones of Yoruba extraction, knew me well and they always wanted to take pictures with me. At a point, the officials felt uncomfortable with the attention I was getting because even during parades, people wanted to take pictures with me.
They asked me why people were always taking pictures with me and some corps members then told them that I am a celebrity Yoruba actor and producer. From then, the officials started according me respect.”
“After the orientation exercise, I redeployed to Abeokuta in Ogun State, because I have to be close to my family. My place of primary assignment is the Abeokuta South Local Government Secretariat in Ake, and I also observe my community development service in the Pansheke area of the state.
“I am ready to serve Nigeria for the next one year but I have worked everything out to make sure that NYSC does not disrupt my career” .