What would you say is your greatest lesson since you made news with the incredible weight loss?
Well, I think loving who you are inside is the most important thing I have learnt. Considering what I have been through these past few years and the challenges I have faced, I have realised the importance of being beautiful from within.
When you are completely happy with yourself, with who you are regardless of the situation, when you begin to pay attention to the beauty that is inside of you, you will begin to experience changes on the outside. I used to think it was all about the perfect body and looks, but while I think they are important, I know now that true happiness comes from inside, from accepting who you are.
Do you sometimes think your achievement has motivated so many young women?
Yes, definitely. The feedback has been overwhelming for the most part. A few days ago, I was at the gym around 8am. I got a message from BOUQUI, the rapper, all the way from America, telling me of how I inspire her. People like Kemi Adetiba, Lolo of Wazobia FM openly say that I am their inspiration.
Sometimes, it is from people I would normally think do not notice what I am doing that I get the best wishes and encouragement. These things keep me going. It makes me want to work more. I post some of my work-out sessions on Instagram. Sometimes, I don’t want to because I don’t see the need. But when I see people’s response, it motivates me as well. It does keep me going.
What would you attribute the success to?
I say in the end it is grace. Because if anyone had told me that I would go to the gym this morning before going out, I would say it is not possible. You had a lavish party on your birthday a few months ago… Yes. My birthdays are usually moments of reflections for me. I hardly celebrate them.
I don’t even throw parties. I spend the whole day with myself. But I did this one. And I wanted to go all out. I don’t feel scared about my birthdays anymore.
Was there any time you were scared?
Yes, there were times I was scared like “This is another birthday, God, what is going on?” Now, I approach everyday with confidence. I face it squarely knowing that tomorrow is going to be better. The more the days come, the more I find reasons not to be afraid of them.
You once narrated your post-weight loss ordeal; would like to shed more light on it?
To my mind, I thought that when you lose weight the world would love you for it. I thought when you do what I have done, the world would celebrate you. That was not the case for me in the beginning. And it came as a rude shock to me the avalanche of criticisms and cyber-bullying I faced.
On the internet, people said so many negative things about me. At the time, I kept asking myself if what I did was wrong. I had to learn how people’s opinion should not define me. It was a shaky time for me. So, it was important to address why I did what I did. I knew I didn’t lose weight because of people. I knew it wasn’t because I wanted attention that I shed all that fat. It was because of me.
But you once said that you made more money when you hadn’t lost your weight…
I was completely misquoted. Someone asked me why I decided to lose weight. He said I was making lots of money with my former weight as a comedian. I was like, ‘O yes, I was making a lot of money as a comedian, however, I needed to lose weight for a number of reasons.’
This person put the story out, saying I was making more money when I was fat than now that I am slim. It made me look ridiculous. I was upset. To be honest, I cried. Until I realised that people’s opinion should not define me.
Why did you shed so much weight?
On one fateful day my nephew said to me that I was breathing funny. I asked him how and he said, I was breathing like somebody that was going to die. How he said it really scared me. He looked at me straight in eye and with pity he said: ‘Please, Aunty Bose, don’t die.’ I took a check and decided to ask myself some questions: ‘Is this all there is to life?’ I took an inventory of my life and asked myself if I was truly happy and the answer was no! I wrote a list of things that made me happy.
I couldn’t find much to write. I tried to write a list of things that made me unhappy and I had many things to write. The first 10 things were tied to being fat. So, I decided it was time to make a change. I decided to take the bull by the horns and do something about it.
How were you able to achieve the implausible feat?
I tell people that there is nothing miraculous about weight loss. The problem with people is that, I was losing weight right under their nose and they just did not know. I started the weight loss journey say four years ago, I have been losing weight for four years and some months now, I am still going on, I have not stopped. I stayed away from eba for three years. I missed good food. In three years, I had only eaten pounded yam like three times. It wasn’t something I like. It took hard work, discipline and commitment.
A lot of people started sending me mails. You must occupy your soul, spirit with it. When I wake up in the morning, it is what I think about. When I am going to sleep at night, it is what I am thinking about. All I think about is, I have to lose this weight. When I want to go out, I am already thinking of what I am going to eat.
If I am stuck in traffic, I am thinking of what I can snack on. I try to avoid junks, soft drinks on the road. Those are things that make you pack up fat. I have to think ahead. I am at a party and I am already thinking, what can work for me and what cannot. There are parties I attend and I don’t eat anything. I just take my eyes off food.
What is your current size?
I am size 14. I was 32.
What would you say about the prophecy of your name, Lepacious Bose, coming to pass?
It has always been that way for me. In secondary school when people call me orobo (fat), I would be like “Ojo ndun yi ni (are you blind!). I am lepa (slim). Can’t you see?” That was how I got the name. And seeing that it has materialised makes me realise the power of words. I realise how powerful words are.
It taught me how to apply words in other areas of my life. It is not just about my size. For instance, I refuse to say negative things about Nigeria, about myself or about anyone. The more you say negative things, the more you pull negative things to you. Do you think it is only about the words? No. it is not only about the words.
You have to work hard at it. I know how many times I had looked at ice cream and had to walk away. I know how many times I would drink only water in an event when people are eating good food. But it is all part of the puzzle. It is all part of the big picture.
AISHA ABIMBOLA’S LAST INTERVIEW WITH SATURDAY TELEGRAPH: I’d have been a pastor or cook if not for acting
Jealously, she guarded her private life from the prying eyes of the media and it explains why many didn’t know late actress, Aisha Abimbola, had two kids with a colleague with whom she later severed ties. She died of breast cancer on Tuesday, May 15 in Canada where she sought greener pasture for her children by seeking asylum. Her death brought to mind the demise of her colleague, Moji Olaiya, in Canada on May 17, 2017. We recall that the photos showing a slimmer version of the actress had surfaced a while back on Instagram, but she claimed she had to shed some body mass to keep fit. In this interview with Saturday Telegraph last year,LANRE ODUKOYA recalls the lamentation of the fallen thespian.
Did you set out early in life to be an actor?
would not really say I had wanted this from my childhood, but from a very young age, I knew I loved to act. Let me just put it this way: from my primary school days, I joined a theatre group, dancing troupe, cultural groups and all that.
I did it even before I was an actress. I have done jobs as Master of Ceremonies on several occasions which I equally kick-started while in school. I think I grew up being an entertainer because I was already a pain in the neck in my classroom.
I made so much a noise, disturbed the whole class and cracked jokes; so some of my friends in school were not actually surprised that I am in the industry.
How did you start acting professionally?
Actually, I had nursed the ambition of being an actress while I was growing up. As luck would have it, there was a day the crew of Wale Adenuga came to Isolo campus of our school to shoot a scene.
Then I saw Antar Laniyan who was the director of the film. I told him I wanted to act. He was looking at me as somebody who was not serious, but I told him, I meant what I said.
Luckily for me somebody who was supposed to act a role of a philanthropist was not around. I was asked to fill the vacancy, and to the surprise of Laniyan, who was the director, I performed excellently well. I have not looked back since then.
Looking at your journey in the movie industry; what are some of those positive things acting had brought you?
Acting has taken me to places I never imagined. I have met people. I have gone to places and one of the things that happen is when the whole world is in queue to get something and you get there, people would say ‘oh, you are welcome, it is nice to have you around.’
It has brought out the success in me. I have always loved to give back to the society. People have come to me and say ‘I like you, I just want to be like you.’ Such things move me, I love such things.
And what about the things that fame has changed about you?
I am a perfectionist when it comes to picking my things; I want to buy my things myself. I like to go to Mile 12 Market, get my fresh fruits. I love shopping myself. I would have loved to go to remote areas, get the things I want.
I still go to Idumota because I am from there. I go to Oke-Arin. The noise will be there, hoodlums doing their thing but I still appreciate my fans. You know, I can’t do it the way I want to. I really love to bargain very well and say to myself, ‘okay I have not wasted money,’ but you really can’t do that much now because they would say ‘spend this money, a whole you!’
It is good, I still go to the market but not the way I would have loved to. I am not the kind of person who hides her feelings, if you have done something wrong and I want to give it to you right there, I will tell you this is wrong, but then I will just have to look around to see who’s watching and when I see people around, sometimes I just fake a smile and say it is okay. That kind of thing
If you weren’t an actor, what would you be doing?
May be I would have been a pastor. I would have also been a good MC, which I am doing with my acting job, or I would have been a cook because I read Hotel Management and Catering. I would have been a hotelier or owned a restaurant. But I will still be acting in those jobs.
You said you would have been a pastor even with your Islamic background?
That is a testimony. My parents were Muslims and even before my dad died, I had been attending church. It was a bit painful at first but he would not stop me. Then when you had some convictions within you, not that anybody told you, nobody would stop you.
And that was why I got into Christianity. It wasn’t what anybody told me to do it; it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to do it a long time ago and I told my dad, so he was aware before his death.
How did you feel acting alongside professionals for the first time?
My first job had too many professionals. The first one was ‘Omoge Campus’ and the second one was ‘Eje Adegbenro’ which was written and produced by Jide Kosoko. It was a bit intimidating, it was very challenging.
There was Racheal Oniga, Saheed Balogun, Opeyemi Aiyeola, Yinka Quadri, everyone was on set. I was wondering how I would cope alongside these people.
I remember I was not getting it at that point. I was rushing my lines and Uncle Jide Kosoko just said to me, ‘you are a good actress, this show is all about you, so relax and deliver your lines.’ And that was all I needed. The next scene that was shot got me a standing ovation and everybody was clapping and then I knew I was going to do something good with this job.
What is the biggest step you’ve ever taken?
It’s actually going to school. Yes, because I was changing schools and then I made up my mind that I was not going to get married until I become a graduate. Do you know what it feels like for all your younger ones to have had children and nobody dares call you by your name?
You know it is Yoruba tradition, they would call me ‘Big Mummy’ because they could not call me by name. Even when Islamic clerics come around during naming ceremonies they would say ‘Allah should consider our elder sister too as you have blessed the family with a baby.’
It was so tough, it was crazy, but I stood my ground that I would graduate; so it was a tough experience and today I can be proud and say I m a graduate and with good grades too. When I did my youth service, I said yes, thank God I didn’t t drop out of school. I didn’t know I was going to get married.
What are some of those bold steps you have taken in the movie industry?
In the industry, the bold step I would say I have taken is having my own mind and staying decent despite the challenges of wanting to do otherwise, being able to stand my ground that I am not going to do this and I am not going to do that. It was a very bold step for me because challenges would come and men would come, you would go on dates, people that you have never even imagined you would meet in your life would come for you, but taking a bold step, saying I am not going to fall for this temptation in this kind of industry and this pervasive world of ours is massive. I tried.
How lewd song, misconduct on stage cost Olamide at Headies
With Wizkid, Davido and Simi emerging as the biggest winners at the 2018 Headies awards, it was a night like no other in recent times for one of Nigeria’s leading music stars, Olamide.
Apart from being the boss of YBNL, his label structured more like a movement, which once had the likes of Lil Kesh and Adekunle, the “Konkobility” singer is the label’s lead act.
Wizkid won two solo categories and shared two other categories with Tiwa Savage and Daps for Best Collaboration and Best Video respectively while DMW boss, Davido, won three awards including Best Pop Single, Artiste of the Year and Song of the Year while Simi, who also took home three plaques, won Album of the Year and Recording of the Year.
Following closely on the trail of those who won more than two awards was rapper, MI Abaga, who took home two plaques – Best Rap Single for “You rappers should fix up your lives” and Lyricist on the Roll while Mayorkun won the highly coveted Next Rated Award at the glamorous event.
Other winners include Teni winning Rookie of the Year, the Best Street Hop Artist went to Small Doctor for his street anthem, “Penalty” as Yemi Alade emerged Best Performer and Kiddominant was named Producer of the Year for his touches on “Fall” and “Mama.”
Hip Hop World Revelation was Reekado Banks as 2Baba won Best Reggae/Dancehall single for “Holy Holy” while “Fun mi Lowo Mi” by Aramide ft. Sound Sultan was named Best Alternative Song. With Nasty C winning African Artiste of the Year, Omwaumi named Best Female Vocal Performance with “Butterflies”, Praiz emerging Best Male Vocal Performance for “Folashade” and Reminisce’s El Hadji as Best Rap Album, it means for the first time since he has been in the mix on the Nigerian music scene, Olamide’s name was missing from the entire list of winners.
Held on May 5, 2018 at the Convention Center of Eko Hotel & Suites, the missing of Olamide’s names from the 12th edition of the Headies 2018 despite having a total of 5 nominations, the same number Simi and Wizkid had.
By the time Headies 2018 finally held, it came to demystify Olamide, who had built a strong pedigree for the awards since he burst onto the scene around 2012.
At the 2013 edition of Headies, Olamide won 3 out of the 7 categories he was nominated for including Best Rap Album, Album of the Year Award, Best Street Hip-Hop Artiste. Other categories he was nominated for include Lyricist on the Roll, Artiste of the Year, Best Rap Single and Song of the Year.
In 2014, he won Album of the Year, Best Rap Album, Artiste of The Year, Best Street Hip Hop Artiste. For 2015, Olamide won the Artiste of The Year and Best Street Hop Artiste with “Bobo” 2016 was also a great year for him as he won Best Street-Hop Artiste, Best Rap Single with “Eyan Mayweather” as two songs on which he collaborated with others, “Reggae Blues” and “Fada Fada” as Best Pop Single and Song of the Year respectively.
With Olamide and Adekunle Gold also nominated without winning any gong at Headies 2018, the likes of Lil Kesh, Viktoh, Davolee and YBNL princess, Temi Owasa, were not even nominated at all, leading many to say the standards are falling for YBNL as a whole.
The type of songs nominated might have been a factor
Nominated for categories like Song of the Year with “Wo!”, Artiste of the Year, Best Street-Hop Artiste with “Wo!” along with “Penalty” by Small Doctor, “Sai Baba” by CDQ, “Shepeteri” by Idowest ft. Dammy Krane, Slim Case, Skuki’s “Pass the Agbara” and Legbegbe by Mr Real ft. Idowest, Kelvin Chuks, Obadice and Viewer’s Choice, many thought Olamide was strongly in contention but it didn’t turn out that way. With “Wo!” making a big impact on the street, it also came in with a controversial bend for the artiste as many criticse the song and even more the video.
Worse of the critiques was the message from the Ministry of Health on the danger of smoking, an action that is massively replicated in the video shot in Bariga. And with other songs like “Science Student” pitting him even more against those who accuse him of promoting drugs, the awards judging panel might have refrained from been seen to endorse such a song.
Headies 2016 stage misconduct
As far as many industry observers are concerned, Olamide’s snub at the Headies 2018 was a long time coming. The fracas, which came after Olanmide went berserk on stage moments after Reekado Banks was named winner of the coveted Next Rated award will live long in the memory of Nigerian music lovers.
Not happy with the decision, Olamide went on stage with his entire YBNL team when his artist Adekunle Gold won the award for Best Alternative act for his song, “Sade”, unleashing expletives and storming off the stage after smashing the microphone to the floor.
That incident, apart from putting off many when it comes to following the ceremony, turned many industry people against the organisers, with many TV stations not willing to air it live from then on.
This is what many believe rubbed off on Adekunle Gold at the 2018 edition as he walked away empty handed on a night Simi won three Awards with her alternative- pop style music. With the odds stacked against him as such, Olamide would have to inspire not just himself but his entire team if they must come back stronger.
Failure to do that means Headies and soon, other major awards events in the land will start holding without a mention of their names. While that does not leave you dead, it is as frustrating as it comes, as can be seen with Burna Boy.
Songstress, Simi, sides with Noble Igwe on busting fraud syndicates
Popular singer, Simi has taken sides with blogger, Noble Igwe, for listing major fraud fronts in the country. Igwe had on Saturday, May 12, disclosed that some record label owners, car dealers and club owners in Lagos are major fraud fronts in the country while calling the attention of EFCC to their reign of terror. This was after the antigraft agency stormed Club 57 in Ikoyi and arrested over 12 suspected internet fraudsters.
Igwe had stirred controversies and was dragged by some Nigerians for “snitching” on fraudsters after he listed music industry, clubs as major fraud fronts in Nigeria.
In similar vein, the songstress, Simi, expressed shock that some Nigerians were d e f e n d i n g fraud in the country. Her sentiments read in part, “We complain about how the rest of the world sees and treats us.
They hear ‘Nigeria’ and the first thing that comes to mind is ‘fraudster’. They are afraid to let us into their countries, our passport makes them extra search us at the airport etc.. It makes me feel so sad and ashamed because our potential is so rich and so overlooked and honestly truly thought we all felt that way. So I’m genuinely surprised that anyone is rooting for this BS.
Is scamming people now ok? Did I miss something? Why are there so many people defending it against Noble, am I crazy because if we are thinking like this, don’t we deserve w h a t e v e r mess we find ours e l v e s in?”
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