"My Father Wanted Me To Become A Shoe-maker" Actress Rukayat Lawal Reveals

"My Father Wanted Me To Become A Shoe-maker" Actress Rukayat Lawal Reveals


Rukayat Soliu Lawal, also known as ‘Iya Ibadan Sneh’, is a well-known actress, movie producer, and writer in the Yoruba sector of Nollywood. In an interview with Femi Oguntayo, she shares insights into her childhood, her career journey, and her aspirations for the future.

Childhood Memories 

Rukayat reminisces about her vibrant childhood, filled with talent and passion for acting. She recalls being part of cultural troupes from a young age, nurturing her acting skills from primary school. Hailing from Ibadan, she proudly reflects on her roots and upbringing.


Despite her brilliance in school, Rukayat couldn't pursue tertiary education due to financial constraints. However, she expresses a desire to further her education if given the opportunity, emphasizing that it's never too late to learn.

Entry into Acting

Rukayat's journey into acting began in her youth. She recounts how she joined a theatre group during her secondary school years and quickly impressed with her singing talent. From there, she transitioned into professional acting, facing initial opposition from her family.

Challenges and Success 

Despite facing challenges in the early days of her acting career, including financial struggles and familial disapproval, Rukayat persevered with passion and dedication. Today, she celebrates her achievements, including owning a house, providing for her children, and traveling abroad.

Nickname 'Iya Ibadan Sneh' 

Rukayat explains that her popular nickname, 'Iya Ibadan Sneh,' originated from a character she portrayed in a movie titled 'Okola L’Amerika' by Olaniyi Afonja Sanyeri. The character, 'Iya Ibadan,' resonated with audiences, leading to her widespread recognition.

Future Plans

Looking ahead, Rukayat aims to continue growing and evolving in her career. She shares aspirations of executing a significant project and emphasizes her faith in God's guidance and support.

Rukayat Soliu Lawal's journey in Nollywood is a testament to perseverance, talent, and the power of passion. Through her determination and dedication, she has carved a significant place for herself in the industry, inspiring others with her story.

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