Ajoke Mercy Ebosele, a graduate of Theatre Arts from University of Ibadan, is an actress and a movie producer. Tribune caught up with the Edo State born lady at a movie location in the ancient city of Oyo town, in Oyo State and speaks on her acting career and fashion preferences. Excerpts:
My growing up was really amazing and full of lessons. One of the lessons learnt was to be honest because my dad was a soldier who didn’t tolerate any nonsense from anybody. This has really helped me in my career and my personal life. As a daughter of a military man, we moved around a lot. My siblings and I got used to moving from one state to the other but the only painful part was that we lost some friends.
Foray into acting
My childhood ambition was to become an actress, so I went to University of Ibadan to study Theatre Arts so that I could improve on my God-given talent. I joined the movie industry in 2003. I have featured in movies like: Aso Were; Igbeyawo Oku; Ola Adura; Alasela; Tibitire; Imisi Esu; Febisola; Soko Soko; Oko Nene; Dodo and so on. The first movie I produced was Febisola. I recently produced another movie titled Ibusun. It is not yet out and the role I played in it was very challenging. I did not become a producer because other artistes were also into movie productions. Rather, I produced my first movie in 2007 because I wasn’t getting enough roles from my bosses. Anytime I asked them why they were not using me in their movies, they would say it was because I didn’t have the required stature so my family raised money for my first production.
Pains and gains of a celebrity
The pain of being a celebrity is that people expect too much from you, they think celebrities have everything. The gains on the other hand are more than the pains. When we go to public places, we are given preferential treatment because we are well known.
Philosophy of life
I have two philosophies. They are: What goes around comes around and do onto others what you want to be done to you.
Description of self
I’m lovable and God-fearing.
Definition of style
My style is simple but classy. Though I follow fashion trends, I always make sure that I look out for whatever suits me and makes me look responsible. My mood and the kind of occasion I am attending usually determine my mode of dressing. When I want to buy my fashion essembles, I love buying simple things that are nice and classy.