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“My small stature affects getting movie roles in Nollywood”- Actress Jumoke Aderounmu

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Nollywood actress, Jumoke Aderounmu even though she has acted in several Yoruba movies became more popular when she featured in the comedy Tv series, Jenifa’s Diary, where she played the role of Esther.

The Ogun state-born lady is a graduate of International Relations at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

The actress who also produces her own television show on WAP TV, in an interview with Punch talks about how she started acting, the challenges she faces amongst other things.

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On Acting

I became interested in acting after I took an elective course at the Institute of Cultural Studies, OAU, in my first year. It was there that I met a lecturer who told me that I would make a good actor. I did not pay heed to his observation until there was a strike action that lasted some months.

During that period, I visited Lagos and my visit coincided with an audition by Tunde Kelani. Because I was much smaller than I am presently, he asked me to go back to school when it reached my turn to be auditioned. He said I did not look the part because of my stature.

His statement challenged me and I refused to leave his office. I sat at his reception until he finished auditioning other people. His staff graciously let me into his office again and somehow, I convinced him to give me a try. He sent me a script and a few months later, I got a role in Arugba. I played Princess Mobandele and that was my first major feature.

On Challenges

I have a personal challenge and it pertains to my stature. I don’t see every other thing as a challenge because it is not peculiar to me. I am small in stature and because of that, I don’t get as much jobs as I ought to.  A lot of times, I would audition and even take the final reading only to be told that I don’t look the part. It is only recently that my stature has been helping me to secure roles.

 

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