"It Took Me A Long Time" Veteran Actress Iya Oshogbo Officially Retires From Acting As She Turns 90.

"It Took Me A Long Time" Veteran Actress Iya Oshogbo Officially Retires From Acting As She Turns 90.

Yoruba veteran actress, Grace Oyin-Adejobi, popularly known as Iya Osogbo, will formally retire from acting on Sunday 23 August when she clocks 90.

Iya Osogbo is the widow of Oyin Adejobi the late Yoruba actor who died in 2000.

Iya Osogbo said she began her acting career some 67 years ago during an appearance on a radio magazine program on Space 90.1FM, Parrot Xtra Hour on Radio, anchored by Olayinka Agboola in Ibadan, Oyo State.

She acknowledged she had indeed earned her name before behaving counter to her beliefs in the movie Eran Iya Osogbo.

The veteran actress said for the first time about the day when an excited fan almost ran over her car in Ibadan.

She said the memory of the experience has stayed indelible.

“The fan eventually came down from her car to let me know that she merely wanted to exchange greetings with me. She later enveloped ten thousand naira and dashed me,” Iya Osogbo said.

Today she expressed disappointment at Nollywood 's near-nudity, advising actresses not to be deceived by the world's pleasures but to realize they can achieve success through working hard and God's grace.

In her youthful days, the veteran said that she met her late husband Oyin Adejobi. They were attending the same school and were living in the same street.

She said the lowest point of her life apart from her husband's death was when her fourth child died, a girl.

“It took me a long time to recover from that experience,” she said.

Her happiest moment, however, was in 1954 when she gave birth to her first child, a boy.

Iya Osogbo, who featured in productions such as Orogun Adedigba, Kuye, Kootu Ashipa and others, said her 90th birthday would not be marked by a formal event.

“I got to attain this age because of God’s mercy. In addition, the almighty also gave me the wisdom of preserving my body and being moderate in all I have been doing. Our youths should emulate this too. They should learn to be God fearing too.

“All my admirers including colleagues and family members have agreed to postpone whatever plan they have to celebrate my 90th birthday because we must obey NCDC’s COVID-19 prevention rules,” she said.

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