Nollywood actress, director and Omoni Oboli in a recent chat with Guardian Life talks about her 17 year old marriage, her challenges as an actress in Nollywood, combining her work with being in a mother and more.
Read excerpts from her interview below:
What are some challenges you’ve faced as a female actress in Nollywood?
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.
You’re a working mother, how has that been for you?
Like any other working mother in any other field, it’s hard to be away for too long from the children and my husband, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do, and it’s always great to have a good support system. My husband is a great support for me and I don’t have to feel like I was neglecting them because he makes sure the home front stays functioning properly when I’m away.
How long have you been married for? What would you say is the most challenging part of being married?
I have been married for 17 years. Understanding and living everyday with someone who’s not like you can be quite challenging.
“My husband is a great support for me…he makes sure the home front stays functioning properly when I’m away.”