I Came To Nollywood As A Total Stranger – Funmi Awelewa

Nollywood Actress, Funmi Awelewa, aka Morili, has revealed that she entered the industry as a total stranger and as a result got a lot of rejection and discouraging words from practitioners.

Speaking during an interview, she said,“When I started acting, I got a lot of rejection and discouraging words from people. Some persons even told me that acting was not my calling. I also begged one of my senior colleagues to feature me in his movie but he turned me down and asked for sex.

“I came to Nollywood as a total stranger. Everything that I am today is by God’s grace; nobody can take glory for my success. If I relied on the help of a godfather, I wouldn’t be as hard-working as I am because I would have depended so much on the person.

“Many celebrated actors who attained enviable heights did so with the help of hard work. However, having godfathers made it easy for some people.”

Morili also said that fame had earned her more than she ever dreamt of though she didn’t have a godfather to lean on when she started acting and producing films.

She added, “Acting is worth the sacrifices that I have made for it. Acting has made me sit and socialise with great people beyond my imagination.

The actress also revealed that she learnt her signature Yoruba accent in secondary school after being bullied by her schoolmates.

She said, “My thick Yoruba (Ibadan) accent still amazes me because I lived in a good environment in Ibadan. I attended a good primary school but when I got into a government secondary school, I mingled with people and that made me forget where I came from.

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