Interview: Omotola Jalade-Eke­inde Reveals Her Success Story, Staying Scandal Free & Her Fears



Nollywood diva, Omotola Jalade-Eke­inde had an exclusive interview with The Sun where reveals being sucessful starts with your morals and personality. She also opens up on what makes her tick and how she has managed to stay scandal free.

Read it below:

On tips to becoming a success­ful woman:

It actually starts with character, personality and what beliefs. Everything wrong today actually started from the content of a character. Are you immoral or are you straight forward enough to actually say something and carry through with it. Is the content of your character strong enough? I believe that for you to be great in anything, you have to be someone anyone can believe in. It stems from your moral.

On what success means to her:

I think success is when God is happy with you. When the closest people around you are happy with you and when your soul is at peace with you.

On her greatest achievement:

I have so many great achieve­ments and I am very grate­ful to God. I can talk about great achieve­ments today because God has empowered me to build my character. At no point did I see all these coming. I never said, ‘let me start being a good girl so that in the future, they will call me to speak, not only on Nollywood but also in mentorship capacity outside Nollywood’. I never said ‘okay, let me be a good girl so that Time magazine will make me a Time 100 woman’; I never thought about all these things. But by God`s grace, I am here today. He taught me to follow a particular life pattern when I was young. And I am grateful that pattern has brought me this far. My greatest achievement is that I got to know God on time; it was a great privilege.

When asked if she cries:

Yes, I am an actress and I cry all the time.

On her fears and something that has made her cry lately:

Don’t believe me when I cry because I might actually be trying to get something out of you (Laughter). My hus­band says he doesn’t know when to take me serious, whether it’s when I am cry­ing or sober. But I am naturally a very emotional person, quite frankly. I hate injustice; I can’t stand it. When I see somebody who is helpless, I feel like that person’s humanity has been taken away from him and that makes me cry.

 On her recent movie features:

It’s Blood in The Lagoon, a movie about social inequality. On the one side you have Makoko, a cesspool of poverty, deprivation and crime, and on the other side, just across the lagoon you have Ikoyi and Victoria Island’s dwellers living in splendor and enjoying exotic lifestyles.

She tells her story:

At a stage, people looked down on me. They tried to deny me my credit and make me feel insecure. But you know you deserve what you get as long as you have worked hard enough. So, no matter what you are going through, you’re not the only person facing tragedy in life; it happens to everyone.

On any role she played that she feels uncomfortable watching today:

There is always the need to improve. I mean… I hardly watch my own movies. I really can’t; it will kill me. I can’t watch my movies with people, especially my husband because I get on his nerves all the time. We’d be watching this movie and before you know it, I’d be chattering and he would be like ‘hey, can you just shut up and let us watch the movie!’ You know, I would keep saying to myself, ‘oh my God! I would have turned that way; I shouldn’t have said it that way. Oh my God why should I keep repeating that? Why should I keep blinking my eyes?’

On the craziest thing a fan has done to her:

There are so many, as many as you can imag­ine. But my fans are very respectful and lovely and they could be very crazy too. But they have not done anything to harm me.

On letting her daughters follow her footsteps:

Why not, if they want to? I actually encourage them to be whatever they desire to be in life as long as it is not something wrong and negative. Currently, none of them is interested in acting, but if they do, I will support and equip them with whatever tools they need to excel. Unfortunately, none has for now.

On advice for young people:

Put in everything you have and believe in something. My point is that you should be pas­sionate about something. Don’t sit on the fence; we have so many people sitting on the fence. Most importantly, set high standards and connect to high self-esteem. We all need each other. We all need someone to help us up when we are down.

On staying scandal free:

People will always speculate about you and it could be very disheartening, especially when you have chosen to live right. I don’t want to sound like some holier-than-though whatever, but I work very hard to keep my brand away from scan­dals. I have fought. I have had to and I will not accept for you to humiliate me before everybody’. Often they try to be mischievous but I stick to my guns. Oftenstand and say, ‘hey! This is what I stand for times they have also turned around to say sorry. For heaven’s sake, I am responsible for the actions and decisions that I take.­

On the negative aspect of fame:

Fame has denied me a lot. I can’t stop on the way and buy anything I want. I’m like, ‘hey, give it to me’ and they will rush over, give it to me and I will zoom off. Every celebrity has this challenge. It depends on who you are and how you want to handle it. I would like to go to the market and buy whatever I want but I can’t. And I can’t go around with bodyguards.

On what determines her fashion style:

Comfort and how I feel.

On current projects:

Right now, I am work­ing on building my film village. It’s an awesome project.

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