Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, recently ventured into the hospitality business and became a food vendor with her amala joint which she called Abula Spot.
But even as she opened the joint, not just a few wondered where and how she was able to get the money which she used in acquiring the two-storey building that houses her joint.
Reacting to the speculations, the actress claimed that she had to sell some of her landed property and also her jewellery in order to achieve her dream.
“I did not collect a loan to open my business, I saved. I had been planning to open this place for a very long time, so I had been saving. When I wanted to get my new office building, I sold some of my property. I sold almost all my gold if not everything. During that time, I sold one batch and when I needed more money, I sold the rest. I told myself to forget about gold for now because I know that I can make the money back later. With the support of good people as well, I was able to get my office building. The first lady of Kwara State who came to inaugurate the building supported me. Some of my godparents also supported me because I told them that I wanted to sell amala,” she said.
Apparently, her new found love would eat much of her time if she wants the business to survive but during the course of chatting with Saturday Beats, the actress said that she has everything figured out.
She further said that selling amala can never make her quit acting. “I can never quit my career for anything. I am a very organised person. When you are organised, you plan ahead. My life is planned and that has helped me a lot. I knew I was going to do this food business but I waited till the right time. For about a month or two, I am not going to be filming so that I can look after my business. I have a structured plan for my business. It is insured, I have an auditor who comes to look at the records. Everything is well planned,” she said.
Ojo who jokingly said that people now refer to her as ‘Iya alamala’ (amala seller) said that she is not ashamed to sell food some people perceive to be local.
“I am a local chic. I made a name for myself by acting in my local dialect which is the Yoruba language and in our culture, amala is the in-thing. I am proud to be selling amala because that is my culture. A Chinese man cannot be ashamed of owning a Chinese restaurant. What I did was that I brought something perceived to be local to the Island and I made it look posh. When something is local, it does not mean that it is dirty. People really long to eat amala and I am not ashamed to be selling it.
“I opened the Abula Spot because I noticed that on the Island, they do not really have anywhere you could go to get the local dish unlike the way we do on the mainland. When I moved to the Island, I decided that I was going to open my restaurant here. I had been planning to open this business for a long while but I did not have the time to monitor it at the time. When I saw that I had the time to go into the business, I went for it. I had two shops on the mainland so I decided to close one down,” the actress said.
BBNaija’s Vee Gets New Tattoo On Her Arm
Former BBNaija ‘Lockdown’ housemate, Victoria Adeyele, popularly known as Vee, has gotten herself a new tattoo on her arm. The 23-year-old London-born musician cum reality TV star took to her Instagram page to share the picture of her new inscription.
The tattoo boldly reads:
“Child of grace”
Information Nigeria recalls the artist recently shared sultry photos of herself baring her cleavage. Vee had captioned the pictures:
“Be happy; it drives people crazy”
The photos generated mixed reactions on social media. A lot of people criticized her for the photos. However, the brand influencer could not care less about the reactions.
See her new tattoo below:
‘We Shouldn’t Rain Curses On The Kids Of Nigerian Politicians’ – Singer Simi
Popular Nigerian singer, Simi has taken to Twitter to explain why children of politicians shouldn’t be made to suffer for the crimes of their parents.
The ‘Joromi’ crooner stated that people shouldn’t rain curses on the children of politician because it could affect their mental health
In her words;
“I feel like we really shouldn’t be raining curses on the children of these people. I understand the agitation and that most of them don’t care about us, but the goal is to be better than them and I can’t imagine it’s good for the mental health of them kids. We can rise above it.”
See her tweet below:
“Never Extend Your Beef With Someone To Their Kids” – Actress Wumi Toriola Cautions Former Friend, Seyi Edun
This comes after Edun failed to acknowledge the birthday of Wumi Toriola’ son, who turned one.
Although, It was learnt that the actress had sent money to her colleague’s son.
Taking to Instagram, Toriola decided to throw shades at Edun as she wrote;
“Never extend your beef with someone, to their kids. I am from this school of thought but my exceptions to this rule is KIDS….Those who read well know that “To every rule,there are exceptions,if you see anyone who extend hate to Kids,they are Murderers,Run from them,if they have the chance,they will poison you and kill you..i said what i said and when you see them in agony of what they caused them selves,DO NOT PITY them ..i said what i said ..call the police. Good morning”.
Reacting to the post, a follower commented:
“I personally will pray for the child in my house and keep it pushing, if I see the child personally, I will greet the child but no need for forced relationship!”
Wumi responded saying;
“dem see child dem nor greet,dem dey send ajo dem nor message ,me sef nor d friends again but i fear say dem fit poison me,its a life matter#endbadblood….thank God u said god bless cos na only God fit bless…the person wet get this sub. Nah so she dey do. I could remember wen her rival gave birth she no wish am kankan. You are now wondering yy she is facing the problem she is facing now. Nah oshonu she be”
And when another follower cautioned her saying;
“why are you sounding like Godand the maker of children, Seyi Edun might have wrong you badly but regardless when it comes to people lookingunto God for a child, you just have to ignore them and leave them to God to judge…you are shamig Seyi because of her infertility, are you God? Wunmi this is too much from you, if she has chosen not to celebrate your son, leave her, it is her business….God is the provider of children..”
Wumi became angry and said;
“Madam shaming stop looking for pity, we left that zone long ago, i was infertile for 8months, went through proceudres, ask Seyi who told her about infertility doctor, pleae stop that pity game, I did IUI 2 times, it didn’t still take the pssionate part of me, why extend a fight to kids, yes we have fallen out, but same kid you were rejoicing over his birth, you sent ajo on my son’s birthday, yet you refuse a birthday message as test just because you ar e pitted, madam stop glorifying infertility, we have ll been there, don’t lt waiting take your passion and compassion”
See the exchange below:
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