Tobi Awosoga, the multi talented Nollywood/Yoruba Actress definitely need no introduction in the movie industry, she has been in the make believe world for a while now. Her interpretation of various roles over time makes you willing to suspend your disbelief and enjoy what is a great theatrical experience.
Tobi in this chat with Yemi Ajanaku of The City Pulse Online talked about herself and how she started her acting career.
Lead us into your personal life MA.
Tobi is fun to be with and Firm but passionate. She is a graduate of Performing Arts and a lover of peace. She is happily married with children. Tobi Awosoga is the Executive Director of Thespian World Ventures, a registered company in Nigeria that deals with Theatre Arts Practice and Productions. She is also a director with Bon-Samalice Nig. Ltd, a registered general merchandise company and the Head, Notion Afrique Movie Production.
Tell us about your growing up?
Fun, difficult but worthwhile.
What inspired you to be an actress?
My older sister, Awosoga Susan (Arodu). She studied Theatre Arts and also a graduate of English Language but she’s more into music genre of the arts; she acts and dances sometimes too as well as make documentaries and more. She makes my movies’ soundtracks too and has recently picked up the subtitling of my movies. She is the drive behind my sojourn in the arts.
How long have you been in the movie industry?
I started acting since 1997.
What are the changes you can recall in the industry over the years?
Many changes have evolved in the industry; in the core arts and technicalities. We are making positive moves.
How many movies have you featured in?
Wow… I can’t count o, but I have featured in so many.
Which of the movie launched you to fame?
Temi Ni Tie (TNT)
How many movies do you have to your credit?
About 14 movies
What project are you currently working on?
Ibaje L’aafin (Rot in the Palace) is my most recently completed movie and is due for release on Monday, 22 August, 2016. It is a serious drama that discusses ills in the “palaces”. Your palace may be your home, office, church, mosques, business places and the like. Everyone should get a copy, watch and learn from it.
There is this general belief that most female artists are doing better than their male counterparts, how true is this and why is it so?
We all are doing well in our profession and so I don’t see that claim as totally true.
Describe your happiest day or moment in the industry?
The day I got my first recognition award for one of my movies.
When was your lowest moment in your career as an actress?
My lowest moment was the day I paid an actor fully but he didn’t show up at the location.
Which character do you look forward to playing?
A mad woman.
Who is your role model in nollywood?
My sister, Awosoga Susan (Arodu)
How fairly do you relate with other actresses?
Warmly and professionally.
What would you like to change about the movie industry?
A lot but mostly the impression people have about us; particularly we the females.
If you are opportune to meet one prominent personality, who would that likely be?
Jagaban! Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Former Lagos State Governor)
Finally, any message for your fans and what should they be expecting from you?
I love them. Their love for me has been keeping me on and with God, I’ll not let them down. Always expect the best from me and kindly support me with prayers.