“I was not me, I was the character” Actress, Lolade Okusanya speaks on her erotic role in Ijakumo

“I was not me, I was the character Actress, Lolade Okusanya speaks on her erotic role in Ijakumo

Nollywood actress, Lolade Okusanya has opened up about the erotic role she took up in Toyin Abraham’s new movie Ijakumo.

Ijakumo meaning ‘The Born Again Stripper’ narrates the tale of Asabi played by Toyin Abraham, the daughter of a formidable spiritualist.

Asabi is determined to ruin the life of her former lover, Jide played by renowned actor, Kunle Remi, who betrayed her and abandoned her, leaving her on the brink of death. Jide went about his life in Lagos to become a prominent pastor in Lagos.

Lolade Okunsanya played the role of Sharon, an undercover stripper, who helped Asabi nail Jide.

In a recent appearance on TVC’s program, Your View, Okunsanya said that she sent her mother and siblings strippers’ pictures and told them to expect her to play the same role in her upcoming movie.

She noted she was not herself in the movie but the character.

She said,

“I was not me. I was the character.

“I was in that phase. I was not thinking of me. So, before this [playing the role]. I had already… Most important people in my life would be my family members, who I know would break me. So, while I was sending strippers’ videos to aunty Toyin Abraham, I was also sending them to my mum, my sister, my brother, and other important people in my life. I said, ‘These are the kind of things you will see on Netflix, hope it’s fine?’ My mum said, ‘Hmm’.

“But they had prepared their minds. They had prepared their own extended families’ minds. The people that mattered the most to me, were prepared. Social media can do its thing. But the people that mattered most to me were holding my hand.”

Despite the top-notch scripting and professional characters played out, Ijakumo has continued to receive negative reviews from Netizens. While many faulted the scripting and tagged it as ‘overrated’, others simply gave a bad review because Toyin Abraham rooted for APC’s president Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the 2023 general election.

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