Ladies Create Room For Harassment – Laide Bakare

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Olaide Bakare - Okunfulire popularly called Hajia is one of the few cross-over actresses, having acted both in Yoruba and English movies. In this exclusive interview with AJIBADE ALABI, Laide ispeak on what makes her different from her contemporaries and so many issues.

How did you get into acting?
Immediately after my secondary school education, I made some contacts with some actors in my father’s hotel. I was at our hotel because we had on planned a surprise birthday party for my father in that hotel; on getting there I was fortunate to meet some superstars at that party.

Who were the superstars at that time?
They include Pejü Ogunmola, Suaday Omobolanle Aluwe),Yomi Ogunmola, Lere Paimo (Eda) and a host of others. Among my family present at the party I seemed to be the friendliest. I interacted with those actors and actresses present in my father’s party and they told me I will be good for the camera. Prior to that my dad usually rented out cameras to people for different occasions such as parties and movie shooting.

One of the actors told me, ‘this is one of the cameras we usually shoot movies with’. I got fascinated and began to think that, if I join these people, I would be able to shoot my own movies. My parents however made me realise that I had to study. I gained admission into the University of Ibadan to study Theatre Arts as my first degree and subsequently the University of Lagos to study History and Strategic Studies for my second degree. All through my university days I was acting. My first movie was titled ‘Adeyemi’. It has been a good experience for me and I am happy for what I have achieved so far.

How has the journey been since you started?
I have been acting for over a decade now. For me, it has been so enlightening, fun and worth the while. Acting has given me the opportunity to see beyond my environment. I have met a lot of people and I have been privileged to travel to a lot of places. As I said earlier, I have been acting right from secondary school. Having come this far, I believe that Iam doing what God has ordained me to do and Iam very grateful to. Him that I’m appreciated for doing it well.

How would you describe your family?
Well, I hail from Ibadan, Oyo State. I was born and bred in Lagos and I have lived all my life in Lagos. My father is a philanthropist, he is industrious and rich. He really encouraged me in a lot of ways. I am the only one among my siblings that loves acting but I’m not the only one in the entertainment industry.

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