She is one of the fast rising Nollywood divas, arguably set to be one of the future players of the industry, she has been able to carve a niche for herself within the last considerable period of her sojourn in Nollywood. With seven movie productions to her credit and impressive appearances in top rated movies, Kikelomo Ayoola’s rising profile has been touted by industry authorities and stakeholders as quite impressive and prospective. In this exclusive chat with the editor, FOLORUNSHO HAMSAT, Petty K.K. as Kikelomo is fondly addressed by friends and admirers, speaks on her career, personality and aspirations. Enjoy…
Please, introduce yourself.
My name is Kikelomo Ayoola. I’m an indigene of Osun State, from a humble home of not rich and not poor. I grew up in a polygamous home while my mother is the 2nd wife.
Tell us about your acting career.
I joined acting through my former lover. I remember when I was in school, I had problem with one of my courses and I was given one year suspension, so one of my friends introduced me to Mrs. Toyin Adewale. I became friends with her and I used to follow her to location. With this exposure, my passion for acting intensified hence my decision to give it a full shot by starting with Taofeeq Abisogun alias ‘Talo Pa Jesu’ in Osogbo, Osun State. In the course of my acting career, I have produced seven movies. They are ‘Eni Aye Kan’, ‘Aworan’, ‘Sekunmiderin’, ‘Ebu Ika’, ‘Ijesha Ni Ere’, ‘Alomoko’, ‘Asotele’, ‘Samia’, while ‘Oko Longe’ is on the way. I have also featured in many other movies that I can’t even remember.
What else you are doing aside acting
I also run a mini superstore in Lagos.
Tell us about any of your embarrassing moments in the line of acting.
I have had many challenges but I can still remember my experience on my first time at location. After the set, I was told to find my way home at a very late hour without any provision for accommodation and I didn’t have any money on me. I had to sleep on the bare floor and I woke up at 5 o’ clock the next morning to avoid being seen by anybody while trekking home. Another one was my experience with Muyiwa Ademola. I was just finishing my first experience acting in ‘Ta Lo Pa Jesu’ with Ibrahim Chatta as a local champion when I got paired with Muyiwa Ademola owing to recommendation by a top producer. I actually hyped myself to him that I had acted in many movies not knowing I acted in just one movie. So, the producer gave me 10 scenes with Muyiwa Ademola. Interestingly, I became so jittery on set when shooting begun that I ended up taking part in just one scene.
Who is your role model in Nollywood?
It’s Toyin Abrahams. I really love her.
Which of your works so far is your favourite?
‘Ijesha Ni Ere’ is one, and I love my character in ‘Fatherhood’ and ‘Idakeji Aye’.
Do you have any new movie coming up?
Yes. I just finished work on my latest, titled ‘Oko Longe’, it will be out very soon. And, I am cooking another one titled ‘Silifa Elebolo’.
What are your future aspirations?
I am a believer in God and in myself. With these virtues, I know the sky is my limit, personally and professionally. I depend only on God and I know with my passion, it is well with me.
What are your favourite colours and food?
I love pink, red and white. My best food is garri with cold water.
Share your love life.
I’m waiting for the right man to come. I’m presently in love with my job.