Omotola Jalade Ekehinde revealed that she turned former President Olusegun Obasanjo away from using her restroom at the Hotel Presidential in Enugu ahead of a film project in the cold city.
On hearing this, many Nigerians asked: “What is Baba Iyabo doing there?”.
Omotola, also dubbed ‘Africa Magic’ because of her well-constructed curves supported with handsome height said Obasanjo had just been released from prison and was vigorously going from state to state campaigning for the position of president when the matter went down. “I hardly forget memorable events. They were trying to force me to use my own toilet… imagine,”
For the actress who recently celebrated 25 years of successfully gracing our screens in Africa, the encounter with Baba Iyabo was one of the memorable moments in her luster-filled career.
The OBJ matter surfaced Wednesday night when the filmmakers WhatsApp group (Filmic) celebrated the screen diva pouring her head-swelling tributes she marked her 25 years in the film industry.
Omosexy and her colleagues used the gracious moments to re-tell and re-live some of Nollywood’s best moments.
Charles Novia recalled how Omotola began her journey into Nollywood about 25 years ago. According to hin, she first auditioned hin 1995, at Swift Studios in Ikeja, Lagos.
Novia disclosed that the movie was titled, “Venom of Justice” and was directed by Reginald Ebere.
The producer of the movie, Christine Michaels had asked the mother of four to act a scene at the audition alongside himself, as he was later switched for Segun Obe. “That was in 1995, if I remember correctly. Omotola was bullied by Christine verbally as she went to a corner sobbing. I’m trying to remember what happened that day,” Novia said.
From a victimised budding actor, she’s become a formidable force to reckon with and a great inspiration to many across the continent.
Teco Benson said Omosexy never forgot her lines and she may need to document her exploits in a book format for others to learn from. “It’s been a long and successful journey. I remember you never forget your lines. A quality you have maintained throughout your career.”
Apart from holding her marriage and family in high esteem, the thorough-bred actress, model, singer, reality TV star, and a celebrated philanthropist often use her fame to speak out about social issues affecting various African countries.
She is also an ambassador for the United Nations and an activist with Amnesty International.
From playing the lead role in that her debut movie, “Venom of Justice”, and with about 300 movies to her credit, Nollywood and Africa are surely proud of the mother of four.
All these memories came to the fore as Omosexy’s 25 years of excellent achievements were celebrated by colleagues and fans.