How I took over a colleague’s role to become popular – Ireti Doyle


Iretiola Doyle is among the top movie stars who are the rave presently. She is in the top three most talked about movies on Nigeria silver screen.

In a recent post on Instagram, Ireti Doyle recalled her way to stardom. How she took over a colleague’s position and played her first ever lead roles in the movie, Dilemma.

She shared the beautiful photo above and tells the full story.

“I had been referred to this producer by a senior colleague. I read for a minor part and got the  role.A few days prior to shoot, I was called in for a table read. For whatever reason (you call it luck, I call it grace) the girl who had been cast in the lead did not turn up and I was asked to stand in for her. Half way through the the read, the producer looked up and said ” o boy, e like say na dis girl go play this character o!”.And that; is how I got cast in my first  lead role in a Nollywood film. Name of movie: “Dilemma” Produced & Directed by Theophilus Akatugba that year.Moral of the story: “Opportunity” can present itself at anytime; question is ….are you ready?As a run up to my IG live session tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some of my experiences with auditions and getting the roles that I have, in the course my career to help give context to some of the things I’ll be sharing. Can’t believe it’s been 25 years… a quarter of a century….sheesh!!Remember its tomorrow on IG live  at 4-5PM#MasterTheCraft#BirthdayLoading,”she captioned.

In a recent interview, Ireti who is now a proud grandmother spoke on the real reasons she joined Nollywood.

“Acting is something is wanted to do for a long time.  It came to me naturally. I don’t know how it did, but I just found out that if there was a performance to be done in secondary school I was always involved in it and if anyone was to be called to speak it was me. I think Checkmate was the first Nigerian TV series I fell in love with. I used to hurry back home to watch it. Then there was Mind Bending, a TV series produced by Lola Fani Kayode and it starred Joke Silva at the time. There was a particular scene where Aunty J took me through an emotional journey. I looked on so steadily at her as she tugged at all my emotions. After that scene, I knew that was what I wanted to do. It may sound weird, but it was a light ball moment for me.”


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