My marriage has not slowed my career down- Kemi Afolabi


Kemi Afolabi, popular Yoruba actress talks about her life and marriage as an actress.

She disclose this with an interview with Punch..
Read below:

Background

I come from an average family and I am the first of three kids.I have two younger brothers. My childhood was fun and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Education



I had my elementary education at Tunwashe Nursery and Primary School, Ikeja. Thereafter, I attended A to Z Secondary School for my post-elementary education and afterwards, I studied law at the University of Lagos. In my final year at the university, members of the creative arts department invited me to take part in a theatre production. This was because their department was close to the faculty of law.

Acting

When I started out, I really didn’t think that I could act. The first movie I took part in was a Yoruba production titled Alagba. Since then, I have featured in several other movies. Along the line, I got married and relocated abroad. I was away from 2008 to 2013. Since returning to Nigeria, my career has been on the rise.

Challenges

One of the major challenges that I have experienced as an actress is that my life is no longer private.  People concoct different stories and because their audience like to feed on negative talk, they believe whatever they are told and don’t bother to verify its authenticity.

Personality

I am one of the simplest persons that you can come across because there are no airs about me; what you see is what you get. Sometimes, I don’t even remember that I am an actress because my life is so straightforward. People say that I’m too frank and that just sums up my personality. These days, a lot of people live fake lives and nobody wants to call a spade a spade.  I don’t want to be a part of that.

Likes and dislikes

I don’t like people who tell lies because I’m a very honest person. I also abhor people who live fake lives because when you claim to be what you are not, it’s not worth it in the end. Of course, I like candid people as well as those who have a good sense of humour.

Current projects

I just finished a cultural movie, Mo’dorisha. The movie brings to the fore, issues of domestic violence, rape and other  issues affecting the female gender. We decided to come together to do something about it and ask the pertinent question: can there really be a world without men? Other themes explored in the movie include politics, authority, power and love.

Marriage and motherhood

Luckily, marriage hasn’t in any way slowed down my acting career. If anything, it has enhanced it. I am not saying that there are no ups and downs but when you are married to your friend, things will certainly work out in your marriage and career. My husband has always provided the leadership and support structure that I need to succeed. As a wife and mother, I try to create a work-life balance so that no part of my life suffers at the expense of the other.

Fashion

Fashion is all about comfort. I love wristwatches and when I am wearing one, it really has to be top-notch. The same goes for my handbags and shoes; they must be of good quality. However, I am not really a designer freak but I love Gucci products a lot. I also love to wear pants, leggings, jeans and tops. You will rarely find me wearing dresses because it is not my style.

Relaxation

When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family. You will find me cooking for my kids and husband. I also like to watch movies, including mine. I criticise my movies a lot and in the process, I learn one or two things that I could have done better.  I am also open to criticisms from other people. In life, one has to keep learning. You are never too old to acquire knowledge.  I am open to corrections because I know that’s the only way that I can be better at what I do.


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