Biodun Okeowo, Nollywood actress and film producer, popularly known as Omobutty, has recounted the challenges she faced after she had an unwanted pregnancy, 18 years ago.
The actress, who took up Omotola Jalade’s challenge on successful women telling her story revealed that she survived by doing menial jobs, sold doughnuts and Chin chin and still graduated from school.
Biodun Okeowo finally stated that her unwanted pregnancy shaped her life and pushed her into becoming an entrepreneur before she carved a niche for herself in the Nigerian movie industry.
Read her story below;
Eighteen years ago, I got pregnant. A mistake I thought has ruined my life. People laughed, jeered and mocked me. The embarrassment was too much, that it gave me the strength to decide I must go back to school. I enrolled at L.A.S.U (part-time)
With no support from anyone, except my mum. I did so many menial jobs to cater for myself and the new baby. I fried doughnuts and Chin chin, which I supply to retailers on campus.
I sold rice outside mummy’s shop on days that I have no lectures. I sold hair extensions, make hair, ‘stay awake overnight to make hair for people (one million braids) was in vogue then.
I remembered a particular day I fed my son with soaked garri. Yes, I couldn’t afford a tin of even the cheapest ‘My boy’ baby food then.
I struggled, refused to beg, worked, toiled, labored to be able to stand on my feet. Whatever you are going through be strong, positive, hardworking, and steadfast. And No matter how poor you are, invest the little you get into something.
Fast track to 2006 I joined the movie industry after my IT at The Lagos State Television Agidingbi. Acting is another chapter in my life. I experienced mockery, intimidation. I was called different names, looked down upon, aliases like “Biodun oni cut and sew” and “Tolani Alankara”
I could not afford the expensive cloth/costumes. I was not sophisticated enough. Dresses/dressing didn’t pave way for me neither did it stop my success. However, my God-given talent makes it all possible and easy.
The name people call you today doesn’t define you… be content with whatever you have.
I almost quit because of intimidation, but that strength of “I must make it” came into play. I refused to be intimidated, bow to pressures, or borrow. I was contented with my “cut and sew”.
Then came the trial that pushed me into becoming an entrepreneur.! For two years I was ignored, no movie jobs, not because of inexperience but because of… yet I persisted. I prayed, fasted, and believed in myself. Thereafter, I did a movie that launched me back into the reckoning.