Interviews | 8 December 2012 20:23 CET

With marriage, I can’t catch fun again - Sola Kosoko–Abinna

By Doyin Adeoye

Sola Kosoko is versatile and graces the screen with her nice interpretation of roles. The daughter of the veteran actor, Prince Jide Kosoko, in this interview with DOYIN ADEOYE, talks about her career, her marriage and style.

AT what point did you discover your talent in acting?

I started acting when I was young because I've been featuring in movies since then, but I never knew I'd take it up as a career and become a full time actress. The first movie I featured in was in I987, which was Omo Orukan. It was a celluloid film where I played the role of young Peju Ogunmola.

Would you say your father influenced your career?

Yes, in a way, he did. He featured me in his movies and he made me play the lead role in one of his movies in 2000. There and then, I became known and producers started inviting me to feature in their movies.

What was the first major role you played as a professional?

That would be Oko Irese in 2000 and Olorire in 2001. Both movies shot me into limelight.

The most challenging role you've played?

I take up every role as a challenge and that helps a lot. Without that, one wouldn't be able to deliver them well.

How have you been able to brand yourself in the movie industry?

Good interpretations of roles and an attitude which determines altitude cannot be ruled out. I put in my best in all I do.

How have people received that brand?

I thank God my brand has been well accepted by all and sundry.

What inspires your movies?

When I produced Sindara, what motivated me to come up with a story like that were the challenges that confront couples on blending their professional demands and marital responsibilities. So the movie was about how to balance the situation and it also focused on the societal expectation of women.

How has marriage affected your career?

Marriage has not really changed much about me, aside the fact that it reduces one's movement. Before marriage, you are free to stay out, achieving stuffs or catching fun but now one has to be conscious of the fact that you are no longer alone.

How is your relationship with your colleagues?

I'm comfortable working with any of my colleagues, both junior and senior. Once they've shown professionalism in what they know how to do best, I try and maintain a professional working relationship with them as well.

Most memorable role on the job?

I have done a lot of memorable roles, such as my characters in Obakeye, Jemila, Street Girls, Olorire and a lot more.

More of comedy movies are produced these days, why is that?

There will always be something in vogue at every point in any society. So, as for the Yoruba movie industry, comedy is what is in vogue. It's just like a particular dress or design, when it is in vogue, everyone goes for it. Moreover, in this case, the audience plays the number one role in determining what stays. The supply is mostly what they demand for.

Considering the busy schedules of the entertainment scene, how does your husband cope with your career?

My husband is a very understanding man as he knows that my job is a family trade. He gives me all the necessary support needed to get to the height I aspire to. Marriage is all about understanding, tolerance and of course, trust.

Any role restriction?

I don't have any role restrictions, because every actor or actress must be versatile, but our culture would also be put into consideration when accepting roles. We cannot rule out our culture, because our society frowns on some roles, believing that the Americans that we try to emulate have their culture, while we have ours.

Do you think you would have had a shot in the movie industry without your father's influence?

Maybe yes or no. In one's journey in life, we all don't know where we will end up, but in this case, it is obviously my father's influence because he gave me the first role in the movie world.

Challenges facing the movie industry at large?

The major challenge facing the industry is piracy. It is eating us up seriously.

Tell us something unique about you.

I don't put up any attitude with people, no matter what. There are few things I do uniquely; I'm always myself, anywhere any day.

What can't you do without at any moment?

I can't do without my husband.

Beauty secrets?

The secret of my beauty is God, I don't really have anything special I do to my face or body.

What other projects are you into?

I'm working on a lot of scripts at the moment and shooting will commence soon by the grace of God.

What would you have delved into if not movies?

I probably would have been a lawyer.

Fashion sense?

I dress as occasion demands, though simple enough, because I'm not really a fashion freak person.


My best perfume is Elizabeth Arden, but I use others like Rouge Royal, Guess and the likes.

Any last words for your fans?

I love them so much and the usual saying that without them, there is no us can never be ruled out. They should keep watching and we will never disappoint them.


I'm a humble and easy going person, I hail from downtown of Lagos (Isale Eko). I was born and raised in Lagos to the family of Prince Babajide Kosoko and the late Sherifat Abimbola Kosoko. I'm the third child of my parents and I'm a practising Christian.

Educational history?

I attended Methodist Primary School and Aje Comprehensive High School both at Sabo, Yaba, Lagos before I proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University where I bagged a Bachelor's degree in Sociology.

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