CAN WE MEET YOU?
My name is Rose Odika. I'm from Aniocha North, Delta state I was brought up in Ibadan. My
dad worked as a police officer and my mum was a petty trader. I'm the second out of seven
children. I had my primary and secondary school education in Ibadan,. I attended St. Richard's
Catholic Primary School and Ahmadiya Grammar School. Both schools were at Eleyele, Ibadan.
WHEN DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR ACTING?
It was at a very young age. Back in secondary school, I was with the drama club. We did a lot of
plays and my vice principal kept encouraging me to consider acting. The problem was that my
dad didn't like the fact that I was interested in acting. He wanted me to study linguistics. My
mother on the other hand was indifferent. However, I got admission into Alvan Ikoku college of
Education to study Health Education.
HOW DID YOU COMBINE SCHOOLING AND ACTING AT THE SAME
While in school I only acted during the holidays but when school was on I concentrated on my
studies. It was during my schooling that I met Mr. Tunji Fatilewa, he used to run some soaps
opera. Among the soaps I did with him is the popular "neighbour next door". During our brief
business association, I did a couple of stage plays. To God be glory, my big break came in 1993
when I played the lead role in "Ododo eye". I also starred in Movies like "vanity house", "mammy
water's wedding" and many others.
WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE ACTING?
It wasn't so difficult for me. I was really young when I started and I made some impact in the
industry early. I had the right connections and so I was getting roles in various movie projects
across the clan. When you're very good at what you do things would go smoothly for you. I didn't
experience sexual harassment. As time goes by. I started producing movies. I produced Ataare,
Gbosee wo, Amuni Madajo, Iya ni iya mi, Enu Eje and Alapanibu. It was then I faced the
challenges of being a producer.
ARE THERE OTHER BUSINESSES YOU'RE INVOLVED IN WHEN YOU'RE
NOT ACTING, SINGING OR PRODUCING?
Yes, I'm a fashion designer, the dress I'm putting on now was made by me. I'm also into skin care
products. And by God's grace I plan opening a restaurant where we'll make exclusively Igbo and
TELL US ABOUT YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS?
We take care of both dark and light skin. We call ourselves skin managers. We use herbal
products to give you the natural look. We do facials and we also have multivitamins to help give
your skin that radiant look. I don’t encourage bleaching. I recommend the use of 0ur products,
the moisturizer, herbal cream, and soap. The brand name is Rose JB skin care product. It is very
affordable and you can get it anywhere.
WHAT MADE YOU GO INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
Music was a calling. I had an encounter with Jesus Christ in 1996. I was involved in a ghastly
motor accident around Ore in Ondo State but I survived it, I got hospitalized but I was
miraculously healed by Christ so I decided to serve God with my voice by singing praises. ARA
JESU was my first album in 2008. I am working on another album called `ADURA MI GBA.
LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR FIRST LOVE.
He is late now. May his soul rest in peace. His name is Oluwabiyi Ronald Eke from Delta state.
We met when I was teaching as a part-time teacher in his mummy’s school. Soon he started to
ask me out. I was attracted to him because he was very intelligent, gentle and nice.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE?
There were two of them that really affected me. The first was when I lost my dad at an early age.
I wished he was here to see just how much I've accomplished and celebrate with me.The second
one is my marriage that failed. I never imagined such a thing would ever happen to me.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR HAPPIEST MOMENT?
It was when I had my baby it took me five years after marriage to have her so i was really
happy. Her name is Oyinkansola Sharon Nwakaego.
HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO MANAGE MOTHERHOOD AND YOUR CAREER?
It wasn't easy but my daughter is very precious to me so I tried as hard as I could to devote time
for her. I usually take two weeks off work and then my mother was a lot of support to me. She
was always there for me and my daughter she made it really easy.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE AND THE
Yes I would like people to learn from me. My marriage wasn't a good experience. I'm working on
a book about my mistake. I was young, full of life and I was in a hurry. I started living with him
even before marriage and that was a big mistake. My experience taught me that it is good to wait,
think thoroughly and go through the right process. It’s right to wait till you're mature enough.
Parental influence too added to the break up.
DO YOU HAVE INTENTIONS OF REMARRYING?
If it happens, good. But if it doesn't I'm good with my life. I'm a little skeptical because of my age
and some other considerations. WHAT WOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A MAN NOW THAT
I will be looking out for a matured and God-fearing man.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR LEISURE?
I spend it resting, I find a good place to relax because I'm a busy person and when I find a way to
escape I spend it resting.
CONCERNING THE PRESENT ECONOMY SITUATION IN NIGERIA WHAT IS
YOUR ADVICE TO THE YOUTH?
Self-reliance is the answer. Use the strength of the population to achieve. Rendering services is a
good way. If you like tailoring or hair dressing or some other vocation, work very hard at it
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF FACE OF AFRICA INTERNATIONAL
I think it is a good initiative and a way to integrate Africans with the world. I want to be part of
the process and results. That's why I didn't hesitate to be interviewed. It is a good idea with good
concept as it allowed people like me to tell the world about the events coming up from my stable.
One comes up in June,the queen and king of the runway contest. Designers have shown interest
to show case their African fabrics. There is also going to be designers award. This would happen
in Ibadan. The other event would be in November. It is Ewa Asa and the Ooni of Ife, His Royal
Majesty Alayeluwa Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II would be hosting us in his palace.
This event is all about promoting the Yoruba culture. There would be three segments..
competitions where the best would win cash prizes,cultural displays from different cultural
groups of the Yoruba, show casing our food, dances and culture, and award given ceremony to
prominent Yoruba people who have contributed to the sustenance of the Yoruba cultures. Many
celebrities would be there.
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUR FANS?
I love and appreciate each and everyone of you. I would not be here without you. Thank you for
your support and I wish you the very best in life.