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Why I almost gave up acting –Omoni Oboli



Why I almost gave up acting –Omoni Oboli
Smarting from the nomination of her yet-to-be-released movie titled “Okafor’s Law” which got a nod recently at the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF (one of the top 5 film festivals in the world), Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli has revealed how she almost gave up acting as a career.
The actress, director and producer who decided to take a break from the movie scene in 1996 to complete her studies and also give birth to three boys in the process, returning to the movie scene in 2009, said she frustratingly turned down many scripts that didn’t align with her ideals on return.
“I decided to take the more difficult but surer route to where I wanted, which is the route of ‘only good quality jobs’. I decided with my husband and team then that if the movie production did not spark my interest in terms of a good story line and high production value, I won’t do it. It cost me a lot as I wasn’t doing as many jobs as many of my colleagues then. Often, even when the money offered was very attractive, I turned down roles because the movie production was not what I wanted,’’ she noted.
On the nomination of her movie titled Okafor’s law, Omoni said; “The selection of Okafor’s Law, which is my most ambitious movie ever as an actress, producer and director, at TIFF makes me emotional and nostalgic. I remember the many nights and days of sacrifices, going the extra mile and not getting enough credit. The TIFF selection is a form of validation for my work and I am grateful to God’’.
By Ahmed Boulor…

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