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Iyabo Oko

Iyabo Oko

Iyabo Oko biography

Iyabo Oko is a popular Nollywood Yoruba actress. She is also known by nicknames like Apoti Aje and Sisi Mama.

Background information

Full Name: Odukanmi Kudirat

Born: 15 November, 1960

Birth place: Osun State in Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Famous as: Actress

Also known as: Apoti Aje, Sisi Mama

Years active: 1973 – present

Religion: Muslim

Iyabo Oko


Iyabo Oko was born Odukanmi Kudirat on the 15 November 1960 in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State in Nigeria.

Iyabo ran away from home during her secondary school days because she wanted to join a theatre group.

After some time, her father came to take her away from Baba Eda’s house. This happened twice and she kept going back as she insisted that she wanted to act.

It was while she was working as an actress that she eventually completed her secondary school education.

When she eventually became famous, her father had died but her mother was alive to witness her success in the acting industry.

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Educational career

Iyabo Oko began her education at Oke-Ola Primary School, Iwo in Osun State before shev relocate to Port Harcourt with her father.

She enrolled at St. Andrews Secondary School, Port Harcourt where she completed her education. At that time, her father was an active soldier in the Nigerian Army.

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Acting career

Iyabo Oko joined acting as a teenager in 1973. At that time she was with Eda Onileola theatre troupe.

Iyabo Oko joined the industry because of her passion for acting. Even though, her parents didn’t want her to become an actress but she persevered and today she is one of the most famous and talented actress in the nollyhood.

Iyabo Oko later joined Oga Bello’s theatre group in Lagos. The movie that brought her to limelight was Oko, which was produced by Oga Bello. It was after this movie that she got the name Iyabo Oko.

Iyabo Oko revealed in an interview that there is really nothing special about her acting prowess as she is only unveiling what she was taught during her early days in the industry.

Her education under Eda Onile Ola has enabled her to be quite versatile and there is no role she can’t play.

She believes that to be a successful actor or actress you must be dynamic because this attribute will make you a favourite among movie producers.

Iyabo also revealed that she will be starting a business soon so that she is no longer entirely reliant on her earnings from the movie industry

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Body Physique

Despite her advancing age, Iyabo Oko is known for her big buttocks and according to her; it is a God-given material from above. As a result, it is not something you can always hide as it will always show up.

Iyabo Oko further revealed that her buttocks help her make money in the industry.

She also disclosed that she really loves the shape because even though she’s not young, it is still in shape.

Interestingly, producers sometimes tell her to catwalk and shake her buttocks, and she often bills them for this and gets paid.

As a result of her illness, she lost a lot of weight. The actress revealed that it has made her fit and she pays more attention to her physical fitness but unfortunately her backside has reduced as a result of her weight loss

Political career

Iyabo Oko is a member of the Alliance for Progressive Change (APC) and she was part of the group of Nollywood actors and actresses that canvassed for people to get their PVC in 2015.

She revealed during this campaign that she was formerly a member of the PDP but she discovered that they had nothing to offer that was why she decamped.

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Others on the APC team include the likes of Moji Olaiya, Remi Shitta-Bay; Remi Oshodi (Surutu); Ronke Oshodi-Oke; Eniola Badmus (Omo-Ghetto); Fadeyi Oloro; L’Awori among others.

Family and personal life

Iyabo Oko lost her husband many years ago and she is blessed with many children.

Iyabo Oko took an unexpected break from the acting scene due to complications as a result of a stroke.

She lost her voice, weight and mobility. It was an unexpected illness as she suddenly discovered that she couldn’t talk any longer.

It was at this point, that the doctor made the diagnosis of partial stroke. The stroke was due to hypertension although the actress claimed that the sickness was a spiritual attack.

According to the actress, it was a scary experience but she is grateful to God that she is alive and well.

She was at the Military Hospital, Yaba and she eventually regain her voice but when she returned home she lost it again.

She was later transfer to a hospital in the U.K. She later travelled to India where her illness was finally heal. She spent seven months in India.

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