Iyabo Ojo is a Nigerian actress, producer, and businesswoman. She is the CEO of Fespris Limited, a conglomerate of businesses. Abula Spot, Lounge & Bar, and other subsidiaries make up Fesprise.
Iyabo entered the film industry in 1998 and began producing films in 2004. In general, she has produced and appeared in a large number of films. She has continued to impress her followers with her fashion taste and business acumen to this day.
Profile Summary of Iyabo Ojo
21 December 1977
Lagos State, Nigeria
Alice Iyabo Ojo, née Ogunro, was born in Lagos, Nigeria on December 21, 1977. She was born into a family of five in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Her mother’s name is Olubunmi Fetuga, and her father’s name is Adekunle Ogunro. She studied at the National College in Gbagada. She then attended Lagos State Polytechnic and graduated with a degree in Estate Management.
Iyabo decided to take a break from her profession after marrying a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1999 when she was 21 years old. She gave birth to a boy and subsequently a daughter, Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, in 1999 and 2001, respectively, but is now divorced from their father. However, the marriage ended in 2001, shortly after the birth of her second child. She blamed her first marriage’s failure on marrying too young. She has stated her desire to stop using her former, husband’s Ojo
Iyabo has been active in drama since she was a child. She was a part of the drama group in high school and remained until she formally entered the entertainment industry.
In 1998, Iyabo entered the film industry and became a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) through a well-known actress, Bimbo Akintola. The same year, she made her English-language movie début in Satanic (1998). Then, in 2002, she made her cinematic debut in the Yoruba-language film Baba Darijiwon (2002).
As a result, she began making films. In 2004, she made her film production debut with Bolutife. She has also produced films like Bofeboko, Ololufe, Esan, and others.
Silence, a film she made in 2015, was released. Silence became a huge commercial success after premiering at the Silverbird Cinema in Ikeja, Lagos. It was also named Best of Nollywood for the Year. Iyabo has also collaborated with notable actors like Joseph Benjamin, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Femi Adebayo, Desmond Elliot, and others.
Iyabo is a businesswoman who has invested her time and energy in numerous ventures. She established Fespris Limited in 2017. Fespris is a set of enterprises that includes a restaurant, an academy, a lounge, and a beauty shop, among other things. Fespris Abula Spot was the name of the restaurant branch. It’s a shop where she sells Amala and other local delicacies.
There is also the Fespris world. She manages a spa, a make-up studio, the sale of beauty goods, event management, and ushering services at Fespris World. Various activities are available in the lounge and bar arm to keep visitors entertained. Fespris Production handles film distribution, production, and training for budding actors and actresses.
Iyabo Ojo is a generous philanthropist. She founded the Sexy Pinkies Foundation in 2011. According to her, it was founded with the intention of bringing women together, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. The name was changed to Pinkies Foundation in 2014 owing to popular misconceptions about the members being lesbians.
Iyabo and other women now exchange thoughts on all parts of life through the Pinkies Foundation, which also caters to children with special needs and impairments.
The foundation paid a visit to the Institute for the Blind in 2014. They also sent gifts to the Family Vocational Institute for Disabled in Ijoko, Ogun State, in 2015. The charity organized a walk against childhood cancer in Lagos in 2016.
Pinkies Foundation has participated in a number of charitable initiatives while also advocating for children and women.
She severely attacked fellow actor Yomi Fabiyi in April 2021 for sympathizing with Olanrewaju Omikunle (Baba Ijesha), who was jailed for abusing a kid. On May 12, 2021, she filed a lawsuit against Yomi Fabiyi (who had earlier organized a demonstration demanding Baba Ijesha’s release) for making “defamatory comments” against her. Her activities irritated the Theater Arts and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), and she was banned on June 28, 2021. According to Online Sources, actor Jide Kosoko, speaking on behalf of TAMPAN, has stated that Nollywood filmmakers affiliated with the organization will no longer collaborate with her.
Iyabo Ojo is one of the wealthiest and most successful Yoruba actresses, appearing in a number of Yoruba films. Iyabo Ojo’s net worth is estimated to be N126.5 million.
Iyabo Ojo is a businesswoman in Nigeria who runs a food company, a spa, and an event organizing firm. She also studied Real Estate management at a reputable Nigerian polytechnic and is currently working in her field. She’s also appeared in a number of Nigerian and Yoruba films, including Bolutife, Okunkun Biribiri, Ololufe, and Esan.
Awards And Recognition
In 2014, her movie Silence won the Best Movie of the year award at the Best of Nollywood (BON). And in 2018, First Lady, Aisha Buhari recognized her alongside other thespians for their contribution to the development of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Other personal awards include;
- Best Crossover Actress, African Film Awards, UK, 2007
- Excellent Performance on Stage, BOTRA Award, 2011
- Best Feature Film, Abuja International Film Festival, 2011
- Award of Excellence and Recognition, Deluxe Magazine, 2011
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best of Nollywood Awards, 2012
- Best Actress of the Year, CAMA Awards, 2013
- Woman of the Year, Africa Mouthpiece, 2015
- Best Actress of the Year (Yoruba), City People Movie Award, 2015
Iyabo Ojo has featured in many films in her career here are some of her movies.
- Satanic (1998)
- Agogo Ide (1998)
- Baba Darinjinwon (2002)
- Okanla (2013)
- Silence (2015)
- Beyond Disability (2015)
- Black Val
- 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)