Iyabo Ojo Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Net Worth, Movies

Biography, early life, education, career, net worth, awards and movies of Iyabo Ojo.

Born: Alice Iyabo Ogunro, 21 December 1977 (age 45), Lagos State, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Alma mater: Lagos State Polytechnic

Occupations: Actress, Film director, Film producer

Years active: 1998–present

Known for: Entertainment activism

Iyabo Ojo Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Movies

Alice Iyabo Ojo (born 21 December 1977) is a prominent Nigerian film actress, director, and producer popularly known for her contributions in the Nollywood film industry. She has featured in over 150 films and has produced more than 14 of her own.

Early life

Iyabo Ojo was born as Alice Iyabo Ogunro on 21 December 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria, although her father was from Abeokuta, Ogun State. She is the youngest of three children, having two older brothers.

Education

She went to school in Lagos at National College, Gbagbada, before proceeding to study Estate Management at Lagos State Polytechnic.

Career

Having been involved in a drama group at secondary school, Iyabo Ojo commenced her acting career in 1998. She registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) with the help of Bimbo Akintola,was also able to network to other people.

Ojo has scripted and featured in several Nigerian films. Her first role was in 1998’s Satanic, an English-language film. In 2002, she made her Yoruba-language debut with Baba Darijinwon. In January 2015, her film Silence, which features Joseph Benjamin Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun, and Doris Simeon, premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, in Lagos.

In 2004, Ojo started producing her own films. Her first production was Bolutife, after which she made Bofeboko, Ololufe, Esan and Okunkun Biribiri. She also divorced her husband before her fame started.

Personal life

Marrying a Lagos-based Clearing Agent in 1999, when she was 21, Iyabo took a break from pursuing her career. She gave birth to a son and then a daughter (born in 1999 and 2001 respectively), namely Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, but is now divorced from their father. She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to marrying too young. She has spoken of her intention to stop using her former husband’s surname, Ojo.

Tax Dispute with Lagos State Government

Iyabo Ojo made headlines when the Lagos State Government issued her a notice, demanding payment of N18,640,092.00 as personal income tax within seven days, or face penalty.

According to the government’s letter, Iyabo Ojo was accused of owing N7,376,000.00 in taxes for the year 2022, as well as N11,264,092 in back taxes for the 2021 tax year. In response, the actress took to her Instagram page to express her dissatisfaction with the tax assessment process, questioning the basis for the exorbitant amount she was being asked to pay.

Iyabo Ojo Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Movies

In her social media post, Iyabo Ojo addressed the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu, and the Lagos State Government, expressing her concerns about the hefty tax bill. She highlighted that she had already paid various taxes related to her businesses and personal assets, and questioned the rationale behind the additional charges.

The actress further emphasized that despite complying with the government’s request to declare her income and explaining her financial situation through her tax consultant, she did not receive a satisfactory response. She expressed frustration over the perceived lack of assistance or support from the government, while being burdened with an overwhelming tax obligation.

Iyabo Ojo concluded her post by expressing her willingness to face any consequences, including the closure of her business or potential legal actions, as she believed the tax demand was unreasonable. She highlighted the need for transparency and fairness in the tax assessment process and questioned the government’s contribution to her personal and professional life.

As a prominent figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry, Iyabo Ojo’s public dispute with the Lagos State Government over her tax obligations has sparked discussions on tax assessment practices and the relationship between the government and individuals in the country.

Pinkies Foundation

Iyabo Ojo launched her NGO, Pinkies Foundation, which caters to children with special needs and the less privileged, in May 2011. She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1 May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

Activism

In April 2021, she strongly condemned fellow actor, Yomi Fabiyi for sympathising with Olanrewaju Omikunle (Baba Ijesha) who was arrested for molesting a minor. On 12 May 2021, she took legal action against Yomi Fabiyi (who had earlier staged a protest requesting the release of Baba Ijesha) for making “defamatory statements” about her. Her actions did not go down well with the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN), and they blacklisted her on 28 June 2021. According to Legit.ng, actor Jide Kosoko, speaking for TAMPAN, said that Nollywood filmmakers under the association will stop working with her.

Iyabo Ojo Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Movies

It was also rumored to have had romantic relationships Dino Melaye and Sen Musiliu Obanikoro. But this has not been proven.

Selected filmography

Satanic (1998)
Agogo Ide (1998)
Baba Darinjinwon (2002)
Okanla (2013)
Silence (2015)
Beyond Disability (2015)
Black Val
Arinzo
Apo Owo
Awusa (2016)
Tore Ife (Love)
Trust (2016)
Ore (2016)
Ipadabo (2016)
Twisted Twin (2016)
Kostrobu (2017)
Gone to America (2017)
Divorce Not Allowed (2018)
The Real Housewives of Lagos (2022)
Mama Insurance
Beyond Disability (2014)
Egun (2007)
I believe (2018)
Gangan(2016)
Thin line (2018)
Smash 2018
The Alter date (2019)
Misquided (2019)
Fools’ day (2021)
Under the carpet (2021)

Awards and nominations

Year Award ceremony Category Film Result Ref

2010 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Mario Nominated
2012 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Ijo Olomo Won
2014 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress in Leading Role – Yoruba Silence Nominated
2015 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actress in Leading Role – English Beyond Disability Nominated
2017 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Gangan Nominated
2021 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress –Yoruba Black Veil Nominated

Iyabo Ojo Biography, Early Life, Education, Career, Awards, Movies

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