BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Media personality and actress, Dolapo Oni Sijuwade who turned a year older yesterday is the focus of this week’s Guardian Woman.
The Marcy Project host spoke about her journey to TV and acting, how she’s able to keep herself grounded despite the fame and glamour surrounding her.
She talked about how her parents were initially against her acting dream as she was supposed to study medicine.
Read excerpts from the interview below:
“Do you want the long version or the short story?” she asks, with a feigned heavy sigh as I ask her about her journey into the world of entertainment. She fell in love with the world of theatre aged just 11 when she watched her first musical, Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd Weber at the Oxford Playhouse, while she was a student at Headington Girls Independent School. “I decided there and then that’s what I wanted to do. And of course I have Nigerian parents and they had other ideas,”Dolapo says.
“Growing up I always said I wanted to be a doctor as it sounded amazing, but of course as time went on I realised I didn’t want to do that. We had a career fare at school when I was doing my GCSEs,” she reminisces, “My mum was over in the UK for the weekend and asked me if talked to the medics for a career in medicine, and I said, ‘Mummy, the queue was really long but I did go to the drama queue!’ and she literally just went ballistic.”
Read the full interview here.