Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Bukunmi Oluwasina Talks Career, Nollywood & Her Favourite Character in Today’s “Doing Life With”

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Doing Life With… is a calabargist Options collection that showcases how folks dwell, work, journey, care for his or her households and… the whole lot in between. We’re documenting the lives of all folks and guaranteeing everyone seems to be well-represented at BN.

Did you miss our first version of the yr with Bruce Oshakuade, you may catch up right here. 

This week, we’re doing life with Bukunmi Oluwasina, a Nigerian multi-talented actress, singer and filmmaker. She tells us about her childhood ardour for filmmaking and the way her father was an enormous a part of it.

Hey Bukunmi. How do you do?

I’m doing nice. And I’m grateful.

Nice! Give us a peep into your childhood and the way it helped form who you’re immediately

I had an superior childhood. I’m from Ekiti State and had my main and secondary schooling there. And I studied Theatre Arts at Obafemi Awolowo College. Rising up with one of the best dad and a candy mum made me know what to sit up for in a person and likewise how necessary “household” is. My siblings are my finest mates. We weren’t these sorts of youngsters who pop up at totally different occasions or birthdays simply because it’s taking place in the environment. You would wish to inform Dad days earlier than the occasion and inform him why you need to go. If you give your causes for eager to attend, it shouldn’t be as a result of “everybody goes” or as a result of “your mates are going”. He didn’t take away the liberty, however he wouldn’t watch you abuse it. So I grew up studying that simply because everybody else is doing one thing, it’s not at all times a very good purpose to do it your self. It’s necessary to have your opinions and ideas. This lesson taught me the worth of being impartial and never counting on others for my happiness. It additionally taught me the significance of planning forward of time.

Let’s discuss Nollywood. What motivated you to pursue a profession in performing and filmmaking? Inform us about how your journey into Nollywood began

I believe in Main 3 once I wrote my first script. I used to spend time alone in entrance of the mirror in my room exploring, discovering and having fun with totally different expressions on my face. And I at all times instructed my dad “I’m going to be a tremendous actress and can sometime meet Genevieve Nnaji.” He would smile. After I was performed with secondary faculty, he launched me to Mrs Fadekemi Ologbeses. His pal, a very good lady and gifted actress in Ondo State. She was supposed to coach me. He already paid for my type however my admission to OAU got here in, so I resumed to professionally begin my studying and precise coaching theoretically and virtually as a stage and movie actor, and likewise as a filmmaker.

My dad died in my second yr on the college, however made provisions for me in his will, which I used some half to executively produce my first film “Ayomi” which premiered in Viva cinema and partnered with Pepsi. Though I finally bought it outright to a marketer. Ayomi was nominated for AMVCA awards the place I met Genevieve Nnaji that yr, who was additionally a fellow nominee. We took photos. And I used to be certain my dad was wanting down from heaven that second and smiling once more.

Lots of people know you as an actress however you additionally make music. How have you ever been capable of handle a steadiness between them?

I’d say time administration helps to steadiness, however performing and singing are inborn for me. I grew up not simply figuring out that is what I need to do, however what I’m made to do. It’s greater than a method to place meals on the desk; greater than eager to be seen – I’m not a fan of fame and I detest pointless consideration. Performing and singing are a name that I answered. That’s why I at all times do issues in my very own house. I don’t want motivation to maintain doing it or a distraction to cease doing it. It’s like asking “What motivates you to be Bukunmi?” That’s my identify. That’s who I’m.

It hasn’t been difficult due to my causes for doing them. Generally, I do it for my satisfaction and but, I discover that everybody else enjoys it too. I really like creating tales about folks I’ve by no means met earlier than however I do know they exist. Whether or not it’s a love story, a music with a cool beat or a tragic melody, I get pleasure from expressing and experiencing the ache of others. Generally, recognising the ache is step one in direction of therapeutic.

What does success imply to you personally and in your profession?

Personally, my function determines my success. As a result of it’s far more necessary to fulfil a function than to attain a purpose. You is likely to be doing properly in your profession and research and nonetheless be a failure in life, as a result of it might simply be you reaching the objectives you retain setting for your self to fulfill folks. However your function is far more necessary. The 2 most necessary days of our lives are the day we’re born and the day we discover out why. So, figuring out my function and fulfilling all of it is a hit for me.

Profession-wise, development is figuring out that I’m higher than I used to be yesterday, and success is realising that I’m not the one one rising by way of the work of my palms.

Are there particular classes or experiences which have considerably formed your development?

One expertise that has formed my development is figuring out that it’s a transactional business. You don’t should be a very good particular person to be liked, however it’s important to faux to be one. So we’ve a bunch of individuals with masks that will take years to fall off. So it’s important to be who you aren’t if you wish to be in every single place. Or be your self and be the place you possibly can be. The identical guidelines that govern the business now govern social media, and fortuitously made fame simply accessible to individuals who don’t even perceive it. Nonetheless, what all these experiences have taught me is that being in the best place is extra necessary and priceless than being in every single place. And this has formed my development. It gave me an understanding of the facility of time. work with it and never towards it. Doing the best factor the best approach on the proper time, and most significantly, for the best causes.

So what are some challenges you confronted and the way did you overcome them?

One of many challenges I confronted was making an attempt to strike a steadiness between who I’m and who folks need me to be based mostly on their expectations or wants. Nonetheless, I later remembered what my dad would at all times say, “What doesn’t make you may’t break you.” Most celebrities are usually not genuinely glad immediately as a result of they battle every day to dwell as much as public expectations and validation; to be in every single place and liked by all. It’s inconceivable to attain all of this with out dropping oneself alongside the best way with out even realising it. The rationale why you do issues would even change – it wouldn’t be for fulfilling a function or ardour anymore, however to be seen at all times or look higher than everybody round you.

Generally, possibly one of the simplest ways to make folks watch you ceaselessly is to make them attempt to discover you, to not preserve them glued always. Sadly, nobody will get watched ceaselessly. Regardless of how good and constant you’re at what you do, there’ll at all times be somebody higher than you. You may by no means compete with time since you don’t even know what tomorrow seems to be like. If competitors is likely one of the issues that encourage you to do higher than yesterday, then you’ll by no means be glad. There are some folks, regardless of how a lot you run, you may by no means overtake them, however that doesn’t imply you’re a loser (However you’ll really feel like one). Their journey might simply be totally different from yours. For instance, regardless of how briskly or lengthy you journey, you may by no means attain your vacation spot if you’re on the improper street.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Get up, pray, kiss my daughter and husband of their sleep – if I’m the primary to get up – and undergo my to-do listing for the day and methods to obtain them. Brush, cook dinner, after that, bathe, ultimately get firm, be served, eat with my household, decide my infants’ garments – husband and daughter – and have conversations on how the day could be for everybody so we all know methods to sustain. We pray collectively, go to work, examine my emails, or messages, return house, have film time with household, eat and gist about how the day went. The routines can’t be exact at all times. There are days I don’t go to work, days my infants wake earlier than me, and days my husband needs to carry out experiments within the kitchen.

Are you able to share a humorous or embarrassing second from the set of a movie?

That might be the primary time I wore my customized as Agemo after apply, and was making an attempt my first flips throughout a battle. The costume made me really feel a little bit heavier on the bottom, in order I ran and tried to flip, I met myself on the bottom. I obtained all my strikes proper, nevertheless it was the primary time making an attempt it with the costume and it’s not that simple. The top was additionally heavy and the holes I used to be imagined to see by way of on the masks may broadly shift to the facet. However ultimately, I obtained to grasp it and obtained used to it. Did the flip once more, obtained it, and there we go.

And there goes Agemo😂

Abi o.

What hidden expertise or pastime will your followers be shocked to know you could have? 

I can weave any coiffure and do my make-up completely and I actually have a field for it. However I by no means get to do it as a result of I don’t prefer it.

A job you may’t wait to play?

I at the moment don’t have one in thoughts. I’ve performed plenty of roles however I do know I get pleasure from enjoying roles that give me alternatives to study new expertise.

For those who might turn out to be any character you’ve performed for the remainder of your life, what would you select and why?

Perhaps Rantimi in “Ayomi”, as a result of mild got here after darkness and love gained. There’s nothing as candy as doing life with somebody you’re keen on, and you’re sure that this particular person additionally loves you even far more than you’re keen on your self.

Three folks you’d love us to function on our Doing Life With subsequent?

Johnny Drill, Fireboy DML, and Temmi Ovwasa.


Many Because of Bukunmi Oluwasina for having this dialog with us and answering all our questions – and swiftly too, we should add.

Do you’re keen on this content material, have any suggestions for us or need to be a calabargist Options contributor? We’d like to learn from you. Shoot us an e-mail: [email protected]. Be a part of us on Saturday for the following episode!

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