You don’t have to sleep around to attain stardom in Nollywood- Actress Adedayo Ayoade
Adedayo Ayoade is a Nollywood actress who has graced our TV severally. The beautiful actress who has starred in movies like ‘Ogun Ologun, Aisan Ife, Maa lowo, 5 & 6, Ore ni mose, Rashidatu Gobe, Asiri nla, Agbere ojo kan, Osho gbekude, talaka Olorun to mention a few granted Whatsupibadan.com an interview at our office recently.
In this interview, she bares her mind on the challenges of being an actress, her aspirations, and family life and many more. Ibadan we present to you the beautiful actress Adedayo Ayoade.
Can we meet you?
My name is Adedayo Ayoade, I was born in Ibadan, I’m from Ile- ife in Osun state. I had my growing years in Lagos and Ibadan. I am the last born of the family of nine children.
Tell us little about your growing up?
Ah Well.. Growing up wasn’t all that rosy. We didn’t have the best of everything, but I thank God for my parents, and I thank God for where I am today.
How did you begin your acting career?
My love for acting dated as far back in primary school. Then I was part of most of the school plays. In secondary school, I was a member of the drama crew then at Community High School, Mokola, Ibadan, and even in my church, I was in the drama group. Acting to me isn’t something I entered into by chance, it has always been a part of me. I also had an aunt who was into acting stage plays. Then I was in Ondo state with my mum. My aunt noticed my interest in acting, and as little as I was, I would follow her to locations whenever they had a stage play, and this was as far back as 18 years ago. I was part of various cultural troupes: Epo kinkin, Ibile Cultural troupe, Iyana Isolo. Then I was a dancer, a very good one for that matter.
You have acted in a number of movies, what keeps you going?
Nollywood is a very competitive industry, but the God- factor, and my love for acting and dancing keeps me going. There is a huge gap between interest and being passionate. I am passionate about acting, and despite all the odds, I keep pursuing my dreams. As a dancer, I have danced with a number of notable artistes like King Sunny Ade, Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Pasuma, Saheed Osupa, Sefiu Alao and many more.
What do you think of the Nigeria movie industry, and particularly Ibadan?
It is growing and expanding, day by day. Over the years, it has also grown very competitive like I said. You just need to distinguish yourself, get better every day at whatever you do.
Any regrets so far?
Oh well, if we live life in regrets, we wouldn’t get anything done. I don’t have any regrets. There are certain things we all wish we have done differently though, but there is always a chance to move forward, and not dwell on the past.
Tell us some of the challenges you have faced.
There is no job that comes without its own challenges. Focus and determination is what can help us soar above such challenges when they come.
What is your marital status?
oh that. Well, I’m a happy single mother of a pretty daughter who happens to be my all.
Tell us more about your daughter.
She is adorable, and very understanding. My daughter is my happiness, my pride. She is all I have, I had her when I was very young, and so far, she has been making me proud. I have no regrets having her. She is God’s gift to me.
Why Ibadan? And how does it feel to be an actress living in Ibadan?
It has been great. I relocated to Ibadan from Lagos so that I can be closer to my daughter. I want to be her best friend. And there are lots of actors and actresses who has chosen Ibadan as a home to be. It is very peaceful here, the city is beautiful, we are lovable people in Ibadan, and I really enjoy being located here.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
There is something about you reporters and 5 years (laughs). Well, I see myself having that major break into Nollywood, and as a bigger brand. I mean an household name. Watch out for me.
If not acting, what would you be doing?
Well, As I said earlier, I was a dancer. Maybe I would pursue dancing with full vigour.I am a trained stylist and also a make- up artiste. So if not acting, I would be a full time entrepreneur, which I already practice at the side.
What major project are you working on at the moment?
Presently we are getting to the final stages of producing another movie titled “Obi kan”. I’m producing the movie personally and by the grace of God, it will be out in December.
What advice do you have for upcoming actresses?
Well, for me, I discovered myself at a very early age. But however long it took anyone to really discover themselves, I will tell them to pursue their dreams and follow their heart. Nothing good comes easy; it always takes a lot of determination. But in a bid to be a star, I do not advice anyone to go ahead and lower their standards or sleep around to get to the top. It is normal to hear people say that actresses are people with loose morals, but that is a fallacy. It is not true. Whatever people do is always a choice. No one forces anyone to do what they don’t want to do. It is very okay for guys to walk up to you and ask you out, but they don’t force you to accept their proposal. So I advise upcoming actresses to remain focused and not make themselves appear cheap in order to attain stardom.
One last word to your fans out there?
Well, I’ll start by thanking all my fans across the country and those in the diaspora. Thank you for believing in me and supporting my hustle all these years. Watch out for my new movie coming soon. It’s another dimension from our production house.