Interviewed by R Atanda Quadri
Kindly introduce yourself and let us know where you are from, in terms of your place of origin?
My name is Lola Adegoke, I am an actress by profession and I hail from Ile-Oluji in Ondo state
Before we proceed, as a films and theatre industry practitioner and someone with understanding of traditional values; I will like you to tell us about the culture, tradition, heritage and lifestyle of Ile-Oluji people that distinguish them from other Yoruba ethnic groups?
First of all, thank you for that brilliant question, in my hometown of Ile-Oluji, what differentiates us from other ethnic groups is that we celebrate both Ogun and Owe festival before we eat yam, we get beaten; and there is also a river called Aigoo that we celebrate just as Osun river is celebrated and I play active roles in the celebrations because I am an apostle and propagator of cultural values and tradition.
Tell us about your growing up years, your parents and siblings, your experience of family life, lessons, values and virtues you gained while growing up with your family?
I was born into a family of 6 from a royal lineage made up of my mum, dad, two bothers and my sister, I happen to be the first daughter in the family. My parents are hardworking, my mother is strict but caring while my father is very nice. I attended primary and secondary schools but could not proceed to the polytechnic as a result of financial problems. I struggled through the years but I thank God who has been my shield and guidance through life. My family members were really supportive, they inspired me. I learnt that all that glitters is not gold, so you have to work hard to become somebody in life, you can be smart but don’t take short cuts, work hard and be smart.
While in school, which subjects were your favourites, which ones were less than favourite for you, and was there any particular teacher that inspired you to excel and how did such teacher do that?
Literature in English was my favourite subject, I didn’t hate any subject in particular and there wasn’t any particular teacher I liked specially, they were all great and supportive.
No wonder you landed on the terrain of films and theatre. Aside acting, what other career did you involve in before venturing into the film industry, and are there other money generating activities you presently do aside acting?
I’m a business woman, I sell cars and clothes.
What attracted you to the films and theatre industry, how did you get into the industry and what inspiration has kept you going since without relenting?
I have a passion for acting going back to my school days and I derive inspiration from my boss Bukky Wright and my daughter Fiyinfoluwa
Which areas are you presently active in the films industry, acting, directing, producing, what and which areas, and do you have any film you are currently working on?
Acting and films production, I am currently working on a film titled, “Woman Idol”, it’s going to be awesome when it hits the screen
Name some of the film works you have been involved in, and which film is the most challenging one you found yourself participating in till date and why?
Movies I have been involved in include Omotara Johnson by Bukky Wright,Owiwi by Laolu Layewu and the most challenging of all was “Tani kin pa” by Omo Adebowale, because I acted as one of the soldiers in the movie.
Which movies have you produced?
I have produced my own movies such as Oba Aseda, Doja Ijogbo, Jambata fun Jambara and Alantakun
Have you ever experienced stage fright, anxiety or fear in your acting career since it requires one to be bold to face an audience or interact with cast and crew members on film locations?
Yes,it was during my first stage play at Onirisha palace as Oshara
Which film do you rate as outstanding where you believe you gave your best among all films you have been involved in and why?
Eti Meji was the film I know I gave my best in
What’s the basic difference between acting on stage and acting in a film and which one is most challenging?
The difference between acting on stage and acting in a movie is that, in a movie you can be corrected or your mistakes edited, but stage play is a life performance and you cannot be corrected on stage because people are watching you. It’s not all artistes that can act on stage.
Which one is more appealing to you?
I like both, they are equally amazing
Many actors and actresses do have nicknames as a result of a particular role they play in films, and the name sticks with them; what role have you played and in which film, that made a nickname derived from the film character you played stick with you?
My nickname is Moremi, it was not really a movie, I got the nickname from a stage play sponsored by the Ooni of Ife titled “Moremi Ajansoro,”.
Have you ever played a character you disliked or hated, but had to take up the challenge since it is your professional calling, and which character in which film is that?
None, all characters played suit me because it’s my profession.
For your fans, youths and others out there who aspire to become actors and actresses, what advice and counsel can you give them as guide towards achieving their film and theatre career related objectives?
First, they should stay focused and be hardworking, they should put away any distraction that will hinder them from being focused and great at their passion.
Secondly, they shouldn’t backstab the person that helps them achieve their goals
As a woman, actress and public figure, what’s your ideal kind of dressing and which accessories appeal to your taste most?
Always being dressed in corporate manner, no needless body exposure, putting on light makeup and most important, always looking good
Let’s talk about food, what’s the best dish that draws you to the dining table, anyday, anytime and anywhere?
Pounded yam and Ila alasepo (mixed okra soup)
Authentic Ondo-Ekiti axis spice, I love that okra brand too. What activities do you engage yourself in during your spare hours outside acting, as hobbies or recreational interests?
I love exercising, trading in clothes and watching movies.
What brand of music and musicians count as your favourite?
Christian and Islamic songs and their musicians
Is dancing an hobby of your based on your love for music and are you more of an outgoing person as an extrovert or an introvert who enjoys staying more at home?
I’m more of an introvert and I don’t dance much
Nigeria films and theatre industry face challenges that hinder growth of the industry and limits the productivity and profitability of practitioners in the industry, what are those challenges and what do you think needs to be done to overcome them for the betterment of the industry and those actively involved in it as a means of livelihood?
We need support from government because piracy does not allow us to grow, so, I’m appealing to government to support us.
Things are changing as society is becoming more complex, dynamic, demanding and competitive, as we see more women going out of their comfort zone to create impact and excel, what advice do you have for the women, ladies and girls out there concerning their careers, life, undertakings and aspirations so they can achieve meaningfully?
They should never give up, because there will always be hardships but the strength to fight those hardships exist, so they should focus on their career pursuits.
It’s been a worthwhile experience engaging you in this interview, you are much appreciated
Thank you. You are welcome