Nollywood actress, Sola Sobowale, has recounted how she left Nigeria to do menial jobs in order to cater to her children who were schooling in the United Kingdom.
Speaking in a recent interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo, the mom-of-two said she left the fame and stardom to give her children the motherly love they so “richly desire” while they were studying in UK varsities.
According to her, “I went back to England and noticed the kids lack motherly touch. Then I moved to England and forget stardom. Now, all of them are working and now they appreciate me for my sacrifice and ask me to go back to what I know how to do best so that’s why I’m back in Nigeria.
I was practically living in Enugu because I shot a movie, ‘Christ In Me’, after the movie the fame came. So I was given another job, to film one and come back, but eventually, I got over 10 movies so I was stationed at Enugu. And in one location I spent one week. In that one week, I was on N800,000 and that was in the year 2000.
So like that, when I’m coming back to Lagos, I had over N5 million within how many months, the money was blowing. So I left that for 7 pounds per hour jobs in England. Then before I could make 1000 pounds I have to work extra hard.
There is nothing this woman cannot do because I know what is called dignity in labour. I will sweep anywhere so far it will put food on my table, cloth on my children, and shelter on my head.
I swept, cooked, washed, mopped, cleaned offices. Yes, I did all those. The other thing is I wasn’t sleeping. On the train or bus, I make sure I wear my uniform with the name of the company like that. Now, I’m happy because it’s now history.”