By ADERONKE ADEYERI
Awele Odita, a Higher National Diploma (HND) mass communication graduate of Moshood Abiola Polythenic, Ojere Abeokuta, is an upcoming actress. Though, a native of Delta state, Awele speaks Yoruba like her mother tongue and has featured in many Yoruba films. She talks about her acting career and fashion preferences. Excerpts:
Your soon-to-be-released movie, Ibudo, what is it about?
Ibudo is a story that educates the public against discrimination. It is a movie meant for both the old and young. I thank God for the success of its making.
Who are the cast?
Ibudo, directed by Muyiwa Ademola, has Yinka Quadri, Peju Ogunmola, Bidemi Mustapha, Mercy Aigbe and a host of others.
Many actresses dress provocatively; is it part of showbiz?
I don’t see anything wrong in people flaunting what they have. Personally, I love putting on short gowns but I don’t like to wear clothes that expose my boobs.
What’s your opinion on toning?
I believe one needs to maintain one’s skin and that can only be achieved by using beauty products that best suit your skin tone.
You are a charming, young, and single upcoming actress. How do you cope with advances from men?
They like me and I like them too. I know when to be blunt and when to put up an act.
What turns you off in a man?
Dishonesty; I like a guy who is God-fearing and caring. I can’t wait to be married!
Are you into any relationship?
I am single but not desperately searching.
Which actor fits into your future husband?
I have never dated an actor and I do not intend dating one.
Who is your role model?
Peju Ogunmola. I love the way she interprets scripts and acts, especially when she takes the role of a mother. She makes it so real that you tend to see her like your own mother.
How did you join the Yoruba movie industry?
I joined the Yoruba movie industry in 2008, when a friend introduced me to Muyiwa Ademola. He was the one who trained and taught me the rudiments of acting. Though I am from Asaba in Delta State, I loved watching Yoruba movies from my tender age and that has helped me a lot.
Has coming from Delta State affected your acting career in any way?
I was born in Asaba, but I grew up in Ifo, Ogun State. So I understand Yoruba Language very well. I appreciate the Yoruba film industry; they are very accommodating. My state of origin has not been an obstacle.
Your first appearance?
My first appearance was Abegbe in 2008, written and produced by Tayo Tijani. I thank God that I am still in the industry. I have featured in movies like: Ajangbila, Aja, Koboko, Se ko Wale, Emenado, Omo Toja, Sisi Caro, Adebimpe, Kokoro Aye etc.
Since you joined the make-believe industry, have you had any cause to reject a script?
No, I have not.
I have not rejected scripts because I have the privilege of getting well written scripts so far.
Which movie association do you belong?
I am a member of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association (TAMPAN).
What will Awele never do in the name of acting?
I can never be found acting nude, no matter the price or fame it will bring to me.
What do you want to be known for?
I want to be remembered as a mother not only to my children but a mother to the nation.
What are your favourite colours?
Blue, black and white.
Which female accessory can you not do without?
What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?
My dresses; they are quite expensive.