Nollywood actress Sola Sobowale has opened out about her decision to forgo fame and fortune in Nigeria in favor of menial labor in the United Kingdom
The legendary actress explained that she left Nigeria’s fame, fortune, and comfort in order to be present for her children, who were then studying in the United Kingdom.
During an episode of #WithChude, Sobowale said that she was making as much as N5 million within months from acting before she decided to leave the country in the early 2000s.
To provide for her family, however, she had to work menial jobs in the United Kingdom, where she earned a mere 7.5 pounds an hour, cleaning, cooking, and washing office floors.
She said that now that they’re grown up and working, her kids are grateful for her time spent away from performing to raise them.
In her words;
“I went back to England and noticed the kids lack motherly touch. Then I moved to England and forget stardom.”
“Now, all of them are working and now they appreciate me for my sacrifice and ask me to go back to what I know how to do best so that’s why I’m back in Nigeria.
“I remembered I was at Enugu and in one location I spent one week. In that one week, I was on N800,000 and that was in the year 2000. And then I came back to Lagos with over N5 million within how many months, the money was blowing. So I left that for 7.50 pounds per hour. I swept, mopped, cleaned offices and cooked in England.”
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