Omoni Oboli has graced the cover of The Guardian Life magazine with her image, as well as her experience and challenges in Nollywood.
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The actress shared her experience in Nollywood so far.
“Great! I dreamt of this, but I didn’t think we would see Nollywood grow this fast to become a force to reckon with at the cinemas alongside other international movies. It has happened and we are competing with Hollywood and doing even better at the Nigeria cinema box office. I have a good relationship with many of my colleagues who have also come to see that the sky is big enough to accommodate even more than we currently have, and I’m glad,” she said.
On how the Industry has transformed over the years, she replied, “The international recognition says it all. With the great outing at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), we shone brightly. We now have so many great movie makers, and I’m especially proud of the high number of female filmmakers and producers that have sprung up lately when it was only Amaka Igwe at one time.”
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On challenges she has faced in her career being female in Nollywood, Omoni revealed, “Nollywood has a lot of female lead actresses, and when a good role comes along, the producers and directors have to sift through them all to find the one they want. So sometimes I find that some roles I would love to play would be given to someone else, and likewise, I get roles that others would want for themselves. That was my first challenge getting back into the industry after a ten-year break. I still lose some juicy roles, but I get so many other roles that it doesn’t matter as much as when you’re first trying to break into the industry as the new girl in town. Also, with a family, it’s hard to stay away from my family for long periods because of the job, but that’s what the job calls for.”