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Why I didn’t marry Pasuma – Ronke Odusanya

— Ronke Odusanya,
aka Flakky Ididowo
Background
I hail from Ogun State. I was born into a
Christian home and I had a strict upbringing. Even though my parents
separated, my childhood was fun and I have so many good memories.  While
my mum has yet to remarry, my dad remarried and I lived with him for
some time.

Education
I attended St. Benedict Nursery &
Primary School, Lagos, and Federal Government Girls’ College, Akure.
Afterwards, I studied Mass Communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo
University, Ago Iwoye.
Acting
I became interested in acting when I was
at the university. As an undergraduate, I used to feature in plays that
were staged in school. Professionally, I started acting about 16 years
ago. I joined Nollywood and took part in some English movies. I joined
Oga Bello’s Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group, in the year 2000, and that was where I honed my acting skills.
Movies
In 2001, I featured in my first Yoruba movie, Baba Ologba,
alongside Adebayo Salami, aka Oga Bello, and Femi Adebayo. Since then, I
have featured in several others and I have played lead roles in many
movies as well.
Challenges
Life is full of challenges and I
encountered so many obstacles when I started acting. Firstly, my father
was not happy that I became an actress. When he discovered, he was very
angry because he thought I would get a proper job. Besides, nobody in my
father’s family had ever become an actress. Most of them were doctors,
lawyers, engineers, etc.  My father and my stepmother did not support me
and they tried to frustrate my ambition. At some point, he asked me to
move out of his house if I was bent on becoming an actress. I went to
live with my mum and even though she was not happy at what I had decided
to do with my life, she did not fail to support me. Another challenge I
faced was the poor remuneration. There were times when I was not even
paid at all but I did not allow that to discourage me because of the
passion I have for the job.
Nicknames
I have several nicknames. At the beginning of my career, I used to be known as Ronke AKO (Awada Kerikeri Organisation). I am also known as Becky, which was the character I played in Funke Akindele-Bello’s two-part movie, Jenifa. I think the nickname that has stuck with me is Flakky Ididowo. I got that pseudonym after I played Folake in a movie produced by someone I respect so much, Fathia Balogun.
Movie production
I am not only an actress, I am also a
producer. I have produced several movies in the past and I just finished
work on two movies. I like to make good films and that is why I don’t
come out with movies every now and then. I am a professional and I know
what a good movie should look like. I have set a standard for myself and
I don’t want to disappoint my fans.
Physique
People say I have a provocative figure
but I did not create myself. When I was younger, people used to taunt me
and I would cry. Over time, I have come to love my body irrespective of
whether I have unusually large breasts or buttocks. When I walk on the
streets of Lagos, men look at me in a seductive manner but I don’t care
as long as I am not indecently dressed. In fact, some people scream
obscenities at me. Some call me Cowbell and I either laugh it off or
just ignore them.
Fame
I do not care about fame. It has not
changed who I am and it has not altered the way I relate with people be
it my family, friends or fans. I am a very simple person and generally
down-to-earth and forthright. To a large extent, I am an introvert and I
like to spend a lot of time indoors. I rarely go out except it is very
necessary.
Marriage
Being in the limelight has it
disadvantages. One of the demerits of being in the limelight is that one
finds it difficult to find true love. You can’t tell if that man or
woman loves you for who you are or because you are a celebrity. I will
get married when God says it is my time. My time has yet to come and
that is why I am still single.  Anyone who rushes into marriage will
definitely rush out, so I am taking my time. Unlike it was speculated
sometime ago, I have never been married.
Pasuma and I
Not all relationships lead to marriage
and such was my relationship with Pasuma. Even though we are no longer
dating, we are still good friends. The fact that we are both celebrities
may have been responsible for our inability to get married. A lot of
times, celebrity marriages don’t work out because both parties are in
the limelight. This breeds a lot of distrust and problems in the
marriage.
Style
I like simple, nice and classy wear. I also like traditional wear because I look good in them and they are super comfortable.
Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: tireni.adabayo@kemifilani.ng

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