In this piece, platinumpost.ng chronicles the biography, family, education, career and net worth of Iyabo Ojo.
Alice Iyabo Ojo (born 21 December 1977) is a Nigerian film actress, director, and producer. She has featured in over 150 films and has produced more than 14 of her own.
Iyabo Ojo was born as Alice Iyabo Ogunro on 21 December 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria, although her father was from Abeokuta, Ogun State.
She was the youngest of three children, having two older brothers.
Marrying a Lagos-based Clearing Agent in 1999, when she was 21, Iyabo took a break from pursuing her career.
She gave birth to a son and then a daughter (born in 1999 and 2001 respectively), namely Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo, but is now divorced from their father.
She has attributed the breakup of her first marriage to marrying too young.
She has spoken of her intention to stop using her former husband’s surname, Ojo.
She went to school in Lagos at National College, Gbagbada, before proceeding to study Estate Management at Lagos State Polytechnic.
Having been involved in a drama group at secondary school, Iyabo Ojo commenced her acting career in 1998.
She registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) with the help of Bimbo Akintola, also able to network to other people Ojo has scripted and featured in several Nigerian films.
Her first role was in 1998’s Satanic, an English-language film. In 2002, she made her Yoruba-language debut with Baba Darijinwon.
In January 2015, her film Silence, which features Joseph Benjamin Alex Usifo, Fathia Balogun, and Doris Simeon, premiered at the Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, in Lagos.
The actress is also a successful producer and scriptwriter.
She owns a production company dubbed Iyabo Ojo Films Production, and her movies’ themes touch on love, marriage, and Christian faith.
In 2004, Ojo started producing her own films. Her first production was Bolutife, after which she made Bofeboko, Ololufe, Esan and Okunkun Biribiri.
She also divorced her husband before her fame started.
Iyabo Ojo launched her NGO, Pinkies Foundation, which caters to children with special needs and the less privileged, in May 2011.
She celebrated the fifth anniversary of the foundation on 1 May 2016 at the R&A City Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
The actress has made a fortune out of her career. She is reportedly worth $600,000 according to multiple sources.