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Saturday, 9 April 2016

''My Dad Almost Truncated My Career''-UK Actress, Ene Oloye



She would have made a career statement in the entertainment business early enough in life but for her dad who stood his ground and refused vehemently that its education first, before anything. And that's the beginning of Ene's story of life. As a 9 year old pupil, the lanky dark skinned lady with an inviting dimples got a golden opportunity to be featured in an epic movie but the offer was turned down by her disciplinarian dad.

''My dad refused, I can't believe it, I was invited to be part of a movie audition then and was lucky to be among the 6 young people they chose for the movie, I think it was titled, Amiwu which means The Pot of Life in Benin language but I missed it, it was a story I won't forget in my life'', she told us during an interview session in North London.

Even though I got discouraged by dad's decision at my early days, I knew that, for whatever it is this man was up to, am going to end up living my life as an actor. Though, I know he was being protective of me and it was for my own benefit, I still promised myself to find out what I missed then.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria to parents who both hail from .Bayelsa state, Ene Oloye got so many movie roles which she couldn't be part of, ''I was casted for a sitcom, Hotel De Jordan, then Casino Manager but its all good, at least I did what he wanted''.

And what did her dad want from her? ''Its education o'', she quipped excitedly and I think I tried a little, now I can live my life the way I want. I had my early education in Benin city, old Bendel state, Nigeria now Edo state.
After my secondary education, I got admission to the University of Benin, where I had Diploma in Social works and a Degree course in Health Education.
Then I had further studies in the United Kingdom, my Post graduate qualification is in Social Works at Chiltern University, Buckinghamshire and Practice Teaching at the Holloway University, London, UK.

Having satisfied her dad to pursue education to a reasonable extent, the diligent daddy's girl started life, ''I met my husband, don't want to reveal so much about my private life but his name is Francois, he's a white man, he was into deforestation then, he was in the Timber industry before venturing to business, he's been so supportive of my acting career,'' she said.

On how she finally got the acting opportunity again, I heard about it on TV and I said to myself am not going to miss this, this time, so I got the contacts of the people involved and here I am, like they say, the rest is history. Aside acting, I work as a Social worker, Practice Educator and presenter.

Married and blessed with 2 lovely children, Ene Oloye has appeared in several Nollywood movies like
Shameful Deceit produced in 2012 by HRH Theodora Ibekwe Oyebade and directed by Ruke of the renowned Amata family fame, then Obi Emelonye's film titled Oxford Gardens and award winning movie, Marie Gomez which its premiere was recorded as having the largest turn out at the Odeon cinema Greenwich. Others are The Broken Bride 2014, Menace 2014, a British/Sierra Leone production and Housewife and Girlfriend, currently airing on Sky, Africa Magic channel. Ene who was also in
Basira In London which starred Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus as its lead character is a co-producer of Second Wife, a film that'll be premiered in London soon.


Tunde Moshood 

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