Omotunde Adebowale-David popularly known as Lolo 1 has made her mark in the entertainment industry with her shows on radio and her exploits as a stand-up comedian. In this chat with E24-7 MAGAZINE’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, BIODUN KUPOLUYI, she speaks on her career, marital life, challenges and other issues…
You are better known as an OAP, now you have moved to acting and comedy, how did you find yourself on the set?
Well, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been in my bucket list for a while, and you know life always has a way of pushing you in the right direction. I believe this is the time for me to enter into acting properly and right now, I’m testing the waters.
What’s your involvement with Jenifa’s Diary?
Funke Akindele aka Jenifa is ‘mad;’ she is crazy, creative, and successful. I have always wanted to work with her. I’ve seen the success she has made out of her franchise over the years. Jenifa’s Diary is another big thing, and it’s going to get bigger, so it’s a rare privilege for me to be part of the set. I’ve been on set with her for season 2, and it’s been fun so far. It’s going to be awesome when it starts showing on TV.
Tell us about it?
Jenifa is that wannabe girl from the village that has that funny intonation and tries to feel among. She does all sorts of things to push her brand, and it’s a positive thing. I tell people that it’s not about where you come from, you can still make something out of your life. You can see her succeeding at everything she does. Even if she’s using every tactic that she has to get what she wants, at least she’s moving; and that’s what counts. That’s what Jenifa’s Diary is all about.
You read law, how has it helped your career?
Of course, my legal background keeps my mind open. I know what my options are; I know about contracts. It helps me to have a good foundation and I know the legal implication of every word I say and write. I know what libel and defamation are, and all these things help my career and focus; it helps me to think better because legal reasoning is wide.
How did you arrive at the name, LOLO?
I love being universal. A lot of people say they’re Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa, but I don’t believe in that. I believe that we’re all Nigerians first and foremost. There should be a mix of everything; hardly would you find pure breeds anymore in the world. They are going extinct because there have been inter-marriages everywhere. Back to how I got my name, I asked myself that why can’t I be a Yoruba girl, have an Igbo title, Lolo which means Queen, and dress like an Hausa girl because it’s one Nigeria. Now you see Hausa brides dressed in Aso-oke for their wedding. It doesn’t matter where you come from, what counts is what you can do
Does it pose any challenge to you?
Not at all; rather, it gives me entrance because a lot of people ask me how can I be LOLO and still be a Yoruba person and be so good at speaking pidgin and what I do generally. I tell them, its creativity. As long as you have it, your talent will speak for you continually.
From radio, you’ve taken Lolo to the stage, what informed that?
I’ve been doing ‘Oga Madam Live On Stage’ for a while now, and this is the fourth season and it’s been tagged ‘The Queen on Rampage.’ I’ll be dropping it like it’s hot; it’s going to involve comedy, music, dance, drama, skits…everything. I’m an art form. When you come for the show, you’re going to be watching a piece of art; not just comedy. I’m very hilarious; a lot of people find me funny on radio, and I thought of taking stand-up comedy serious about four years ago.
How have you been able to get sponsorship?
You know it’s hard in Nigeria because everybody is doing almost the same thing these days, so it’s a bit difficult. You need sponsors to be able to push and recognize your brand as one that loves family, children and women. I believe I’m a good brand that people can believe in because those are the things I represent; I’m standing the test of time and I believe it’s high time the big brands begin to focus.
How do you joggle your career with your family?
I tell people that if you cannot multi-task, then stop living because life cannot stay in one place. You need to be able to make every part of your life successful. What is the point of having a great career and not a great home? Everything must work side by side. I know a lot of women have marital challenges when they work in the media, just like in any other industry. Marital challenges are not peculiar to entertainers alone; everyone have theirs. When it comes to joggling work and home, you have to set your priorities right. We find a way to make it work. My children always know where I am at every point in time, and I also engage them as well which means everybody is busy. As I’m working hard, I’m teaching them the value of what it means to work hard. I had to teach them reward system; you work, you earn. Of course, my daughter wants to do everything I do; she joined the debate team in her school and she was fantastic. I see her rehearsing the same way she sees me rehearse for stage, radio, and TV. I think I’m doing okay.