Iya Awero is a popular and renowned Nigerian film actress, who features majorly in the Yoruba-language cinema of Nollywood.
Full Name: Olanrewaju Adesina Hassan
Born: 3 October 1950
Birth place: Lagos Island, Lagos
Famous as: actress
Years active: 1980s – present
Awards: City People Movie Matriarch Recognition Award
Iya Awero was born on October 3rd, 1950, in Lagos Island (Isale-Eko), Lagos State, Nigeria. Her mother hails from the Bankole family house and her father from Imaro Hassan Afoke family house of Lagos Island.
Lanre Hassan was raised by her paternal grandmother named Kosoko Moronfolu Okunoye, she is from a polygamous home.
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Iya Awero attending the Oduwabore memorial school in Mushin, Lagos, she later attended the St. Peters Faaji school in Lagos Island (Isale Eko), and later the Children’s home school in Ibadan, Oyo State. She moved from school due to frequent relocations.
She relocated back to Lagos for secondary school education, attending the Molas high school in Lagos Island (Fadeyi area of Isale Eko).
She started acting while in high school, she was opportune to meet the English Literature Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, who introduced her to his School of Drama.
Iya Awero joined the School of Drama upon finishing her high school education. The program was for 6 months.
She didn’t further her education after this school, missing out on the opportunity of gaining direct entry into the university at the time.
Her acting career was met with resistance from her parents and guardians in the early days, it took the much convincing before her guardian the Late Olayemi Shashegbon (Mrs. Berkeley) finally consented and convinced her parents to accept her career choice.
She met the Late Ojo Ladipo (Baba Mero) while in the School of Drama, upon graduation, they with some others (like Tawa Adamson, mother of the famous fuji musician Pasuma ) started a drama group named “Young Star Concert Party” in 1964. In 1966, they elected the Late Ojo Ladipo as the leader and changed the group name to “Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group”.
Lanre Hassan also faced career resistance from her late husband upon marriage, he was later convinced by Late Diran Ajijedidun (of the NTA) and Bank Olemo.
The relationship between Iya Awero and Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) was deep as Oga Bello’s mother was Iya Awero’s daughter guardian. Lanre Hassan was often on the road and had to leave her daughter in Oga Bello’s mother’s care.
In 2018, Lanre Hassan featured as “Iya Loja” in the crime blockbuster movie titled “King of Boy”, directed by one of Nigeria’s leading female director Kemi Adetiba.
She is popularly known as Iya Awero owing to her role is the well-watched television comedy series “Comedy Half Hour”, by the Ojo Ladipo theatre group.
Lanre Hassan is a renowned and award-winning actress and stage performer. She has over 40 years of acting experience. She featured in several movies both Yoruba and English language Nollywood movies.
ong>Film by Iya Awero
Ire Aye Mi
Idajo Mi Tide
Back to Africa
Owo Blow: The Genesis
Family on Fire
￼King of Boys(2018)