Nigeria: How I Got Into Acting, My Wedding Party Experience – Sola Sobowale


Arguably, no one quite personifies old-school Nollywood glamour like actress, Sola Sobowale. A viewer’s delight, veteran entertainer and academic, Tunji Oyelana (who is married to her elder sister Kikelomo), showed her the ropes.

Her roles in Village Headmaster, Mirror In The Sun and in the infamous Yoruba film, Asewo To Re Mecca, remain evergreen.

However, playing Toyin Tomato in the Wale Adenuga 2001 Super Story series, Oh Father! Oh Daughter! shot her into super stardom.

In her 50s, Sola has featured in over 200 movies and self-produced over 50 films. PREMIUM TIMES had an interview with the vivacious actress at an event in Lagos, where she opened up on her comeback role in the blockbuster, The Wedding Party, among other issues

PT: You announced your comeback after a long hiatus with your outstanding role in Wedding Party. Why did you leave Nollywood in the first place?

Sola: I left Nollywood to take care of my children; children are not asked to be born so when you have them, you must take care of them. I couldn’t do two things at a time, meaning I couldn’t face my career and carry out my responsibility as a mother. So, I had to sacrifice one for the other. I have got five children so I had to take care of them. I left Nigeria 15 years ago, took them with me and gave them the best of education. There are now graduates and gainfully employed. Now that they are older I am back to doing what I know how to do best which is acting. The truth is if I am not acting I won’t be fulfilled. I am back.

PT: It was reported that you worked as a support staff for elderly people in England, is that true?

Sola: There are a lot of things people don’t know about me that will be made known soon. Rumour mongers even said that I was jailed, some said my head was cut off. Some even said I was washing corpses. Don’t be in a hurry for the truth will be revealed soon.

PT: What impact has Wedding Party had on your career?

Sola: Impact? I am back because I…

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