The year 2017 has been one of the toughest years actress, Omoni Oboli, has encountered.
First, she was slammed with a law suit over her movie, ‘Okafor’s Law’ and while she was still smarting from that episode, her father passed on.
Describing that period of her life as one of the toughest moments in her career, the First Lady, as she is fondly called, in a chat with Saturday Beats, opened up on how she survived it all.
She revealed that during that period, she was plagued with panic attacks but for the strong support she got from her family and friends, she could have gone nuts.
“‘Okafor’s Law’ is my best movie so far and it is doing very well in the market and cinemas. But I would not lie, the law suit that was slammed against me over the movie was a very terrible experience. It was one of the toughest points in my career coupled with the fact that my father died a few weeks after the whole law suit saga ended. I felt that I was getting out of one problem to the other and I just totally fell apart. I never doubted the success of the movie but I just wanted the court to ensure that it was played across the cinemas for the viewing pleasure of my fans.
“However, during that period, I realised that when something bad happens, it may cause us to fall but you have to pick yourself up because when there is life, there is hope. As long as you are still breathing, things would always get better. I am a very positive person and I have always believed that no matter how bad things get, they would be better in time. The only person that can keep you down is yourself. I tell myself that even if I have a scandal (God forbid), I would step on it and move on, I would take off from there.
“During that period, my family really stood by me. When I saw my husband and kids, I felt like the world was better. I knew that as far as we were together, everything would be fine. My girls were also unbelievable. During that time, my husband was not around but a lot of women surrounded me. There were about four ladies sleeping with me every day because it was that bad. I never knew what panic attack meant till I encountered that experience,” she said.
Oboli further said that to avoid the stress, she tried to settle out of court but the opposition was adamant about heading to court.
“I tried to settle out of court not because I was guilty, but I just did not want the stress. At a point, I started to ask what everything was all about. Was it only about the movie? I began to ask myself if it was worth what I was going through because in the next five years, ‘Okafor’s Law’ would be one of the least movies that I would do. I don’t hate the person that took me to court because I am not wired that way. When I see them in court, I say hello but I don’t know if we can ever be friends again. Right now, I am fine and I am in a good place,” she said.