Alice Iyabo Ojo Ogunro popularly known as Iyabo Ojo is a famous Nollywood actress, director, producer, television personality and a philanthropist. She was born on 21st December 1977 in Gbagada, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. She is currently 40 years old. She is the youngest and only female child in a family of three children, comprising of two boys and one girl.
Her father is from Abeokuta, Ogun State in the south western part of Nigeria. She is popularly known for acting in Yoruba speaking movies. She is very beautiful, gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles and can fit in any character given to her by movie directors and producers in Nigeria.
She has featured in more than 150 movies and as well has produced over 14 movies of her own. Iyabo Ojo is originally from Abeokuta in Ogun State in the south western part of Nigeria, but was born and bred in Gbagbada, Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria.
Iyabo Ojo completed her primary school education in Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate. After completing her primary school education, Iyabo Ojo proceeded to National College in Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria and obtained her West African Senior School Certificate.
After completing her primary and secondary school education, Iyabo Ojo proceeded to Lagos State Polytechnic in Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria and graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Estate Management.
Iyabo Ojo started acting at a very tender age and was actively involved in a drama group during her days in secondary school. In 1998, Iyabo Ojo joined the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) professionally and started featuring in Nollywood movies. However, she acts mostly in Yoruba speaking movies. According to her, it was the Nollywood veteran actress Bimbo Akintola that introduced her to the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood) and registered her with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN).
Iyabo Ojo has written and featured in several Nollywood movies. Her first role in a movie was in 1998’s blockbuster movie titled “Satanic” an English speaking movie that brought her to limelight. In 2002, she acted in her first Yoruba speaking blockbuster movie titled “Baba Darijinwon”.
In 2004, Iyabo Ojo started producing her own movies, her first production was “Bolutife” after which she produced another movies titled “Bofeboko”, “Ololufe”, “Esan” and Okunkun Biribiri.
In January 2015, her first cinema movie which she produced titled “Silence” which features celebrities like Joseph Benjamin, Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun and Doris Simeon was premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Iyabo Ojo has acted in more than 150 Nollywood movies which include Satanic, Agogo Ide, Okanla, Silence, Beyond Disability, Black Val, Arinzo, Apo Owo, Awusa, Tore Ife (Love), Trust, Ore, Ipadabo, etc. She acts mostly in Yoruba speaking movies and sometimes she acts in few English speaking movies.
In 1999, at the age of 21 years old, Iyabo Ojo got married to a Lagos-based movie marketer and took a break from pursuing her acting career. Few months after her wedding, she gave birth to a son in 1999 and in 2001 she gave birth to a daughter.
Unfortunately, Iyabo Ojo marriage with her Lagos-based movie marketer husband ended up in a divorce and both parties went their separate ways. She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to getting married too young. She has spoken of her intention to stop using her former husband’s surname, Ojo.
In May 2011, Iyabo Ojo launched her Non Governmental Organization (NGO) “Pinkies Foundation” which caters to the children with special needs and the less privileged. She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1st May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
Iyabo Ojo in the cause of her acting career has won several awards which include Best Actress (Yoruba) at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, Most Promising Actress in Nigeria at the City Peoples Entertainment Awards and Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
Iyabo Ojo is currently one of the richest and most influential actress in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $600,000.
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