Most Nollywood Producers & Directors Demand Sex From Actresses Before Giving Them Movie Roles – Funmi Awelewa Breaks Silence
My Life In A Nutshell By Funmi Awelewa
I was born and raised in Ibadan, Oyo State, but I am originally from Iwo, Osun State. I am the second to the last child of the family. My fond childhood memories include that of playing a game called Kelegbe with my siblings and some friends.
I attended Francis ‘M’ Nursery and Primary School, Agbowo, Ibadan, for my elementary education and Orogun Grammar School, Orogun, Ibadan, for my secondary education. I also attended the University of Ibadan where I got a Diploma and BSC in Library Archival and Information Studies.
I was given my first role by Sola Kosoko and the title of the movie is So So Kenke. Meanwhile, I have always had passion for acting right from when I was in secondary school. My first time on set wasn’t too difficult. I got my lines right but I was naive at first because I was so shy. However, I adapted and the rest is history.
My mum wasn’t surprised at all when I got my first movie role; as a matter of fact she prayed for me and wished me well. It was after I lost my father that I started acting. I am sure if my father was still alive, he would have also been proud of me.
I was brought to the limelight by the movie Aromimawe. It was my second personal production but many people think it was my first. I produced the movie in 2015. Some of the movies I have featured in are Morili Orofo, Ebu-Ika, Aruga, Excursion, Simbi Alamala, The Chain and Egg.
Challenges Faced By Nollywood Stars
Challenges are everywhere. Most producers or directors want to sleep with actresses before giving them roles, but only desperate actors fall for it. That is why it is good for one to be financially stable so as not to fall victim of this. If they don’t call you for jobs, you work hard and become a producer.
I have produced about five movies and their titles are Aromimawe, Omo Ibadan, Natasha, Gbakoje and Morili Bilisi. I am currently working on a multimillion naira project that I have to shoot before the end of the year. Though I stay in Ibadan, I don’t think it can limit my reach as an actress because I travel often and I believe there is no limit to what one can achieve with hard work.
I found the role of playing a typical Ibadan girl very challenging. My character in Gba Ko Je as Morili was exceptional because as an actor, you should be able to transform into any character in order not to be stereotyped. Before accepting a script, I consider the script and the director of the movie. I would like to play the role of a ghetto bred. I love everything about being an actress because it is what I enjoy doing. I am very passionate about acting. I would love to act alongside Gabriel Afolayan and Majid Michel because I admire the way they act.
Romance With Ibrahim Chatta
The story that I had a relationship with a fellow actor, Ibrahim Chatta, is a bygone issue and I debunked the rumour a long time ago. People who are talking about it are still living in the past.
Nothing has changed about me. I still remain the same Funmi Awelewa Babalola and it has been God’s grace so far. But being famous can cost one’s privacy. People say all sorts of things about us. Some people have even accused me of bleaching my skin but it is not true.
I currently don’t have other interests because I am focused on my acting career and building a brand for myself. I believe everything in life is by God’s grace.
I love Funke Akindele, aka Jenifa, because she is an amazing actress. She is my role model.