Why I Didn’t Marry Pasuma – Ronke Odusanya


BackgroundI hail from Ogun State. I was born into a
Christian home and I had a strict upbringing. Even though
my parents separated, my childhood was fun and I have
so many good memories. While my mum has yet to
remarry, my dad remarried and I lived with him for some
time.
EducationI attended St. Benedict Nursery & Primary
School, Lagos, and Federal Government Girls’ College,
Akure. Afterwards, I studied Mass Communication at the
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.
ActingI became interested in acting when I was at the
university. As an undergraduate, I used to feature in plays
that were staged in school. Professionally, I started acting
about 16 years ago. I joined Nollywood and took part in
some English movies. I joined Oga Bello’s Awada Kerikeri
Theatre Group, in the year 2000, and that was where I
honed my acting skills.
MoviesIn 2001, I featured in my first Yoruba movie, Baba
Ologba, alongside Adebayo Salami, aka Oga Bello, and
Femi Adebayo. Since then, I have featured in several
others and I have played lead roles in many movies as
well.
ChallengesLife is full of challenges and I encountered so
many obstacles when I started acting. Firstly, my father
was not happy that I became an actress. When he
discovered, he was very angry because he thought I would
get a proper job. Besides, nobody in my father’s family
had ever become an actress. Most of them were doctors,
lawyers, engineers, etc. My father and my stepmother did
not support me and they tried to frustrate my ambition. At
some point, he asked me to move out of his house if I was
bent on becoming an actress. I went to live with my mum
and even though she was not happy at what I had decided
to do with my life, she did not fail to support me. Another
challenge I faced was the poor remuneration. There were
times when I was not even paid at all but I did not allow
that to discourage me because of the passion I have for
the job.
NicknamesI have several nicknames. At the beginning of
my career, I used to be known as Ronke AKO (Awada
Kerikeri Organisation). I am also known as Becky, which
was the character I played in Funke Akindele-Bello’s two-
part movie, Jenifa. I think the nickname that has stuck with
me is Flakky Ididowo. I got that pseudonym after I played
Folake in a movie produced by someone I respect so
much, Fathia Balogun.
Movie productionI am not only an actress, I am also a
producer. I have produced several movies in the past and
I just finished work on two movies. I like to make good
films and that is why I don’t come out with movies every
now and then. I am a professional and I know what a good
movie should look like. I have set a standard for myself
and I don’t want to disappoint my fans.
PhysiquePeople say I have a provocative figure but I did
not create myself. When I was younger, people used to
taunt me and I would cry. Over time, I have come to love
my body irrespective of whether I have unusually large
breasts or buttocks. When I walk on the streets of Lagos,
men look at me in a seductive manner but I don’t care as
long as I am not indecently dressed. In fact, some people
scream obscenities at me. Some call me Cowbell and I
either laugh it off or just ignore them.
FameI do not care about fame. It has not changed who I
am and it has not altered the way I relate with people be it
my family, friends or fans. I am a very simple person and
generally down-to-earth and forthright. To a large extent, I
am an introvert and I like to spend a lot of time indoors. I
rarely go out except it is very necessary.
MarriageBeing in the limelight has it disadvantages. One of
the demerits of being in the limelight is that one finds it
difficult to find true love. You can’t tell if that man or
woman loves you for who you are or because you are a
celebrity. I will get married when God says it is my time.
My time has yet to come and that is why I am still single.
Anyone who rushes into marriage will definitely rush out,
so I am taking my time. Unlike it was speculated sometime
ago, I have never been married.
Pasuma and INot all relationships lead to marriage and
such was my relationship with Pasuma. Even though we
are no longer dating, we are still good friends. The fact
that we are both celebrities may have been responsible
for our inability to get married. A lot of times, celebrity
marriages don’t work out because both parties are in the
limelight. This breeds a lot of distrust and problems in the
marriage.
StyleI like simple, nice and classy wear. I also like
traditional wear because I look good in them and they are
super comfortable.

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