Opeyemi Olumide Adetunji has come a long way from that rookie who would jump at anything that came his way. She has stepped on the landscape and is practically in control of almost everything around her. She is a producer of five films and continues to count. In this interview with AYO ONIKOYI, she shares her journey into the fantasy world where she barely makes a living.
Life as a producer
Being a producer is not an easy task. You have to take care of everyone in your production and be fair to everyone. I have produced five movies, namely Mope, Voice, Pinch, Selflessness, and Awo. I have also featured stars like Funsho Adeolu, Adedimeji Lateef, Bimbo Oshin, Olaide Bakare, Aisha Lawal, Afeez Eniola, Toyin Adegbola, Bukunmi Oluwashina, Adeniyi Johnson, Yewande Adekoya Abiodun and many others in my productions.
It has not been an easy journey, I must say. Before I joined the film industry I thought it was as simple as we used to see on television. Money is a major challenge because you go to rehearsals, to places and they don’t pay you because you are learning, but they forget that you need money to feed and support yourself.
Another is how to get directors and producers to believe in their craft because most producers prefer familiar faces. And another challenge is the subject of unpleasant rivalry. I am grateful for the lessons learned because I believe in the saying “Life is about accepting challenges along the way, choosing to keep moving forward, and savoring the journey.” The challenges helped me sit up and, most importantly, made me a producer.
High and low moments
I have had many highs and lows throughout my career, but overall, I have learned a few lessons. The biggest lesson of all is not to trust too much, especially in people of my gender. I’ve also learned that staying focused and self-disciplined is very helpful. And above all, believing in yourself is supreme.
I think it takes two to become entangled in a marriage, but marriage is not for everyone. Not everyone would find love in marriage and I think if it doesn’t work out, it’s better to walk away rather than stay in an abusive marriage.
Being sexy for me is having confidence in myself and looking good. A woman is free to flaunt her endowment if she wishes. The body is yours and you can do whatever you want with it.
Social media is one of the main public relations of our work, especially when you are a movie producer like me. It helps me easily reach my fans. My movie ‘Pinch’ got 1 million views in a month and only with the help of social media was I able to get this far in such a short time.
My craziest moment was with a fan who wanted to kiss me at all costs when he saw me. He said that I kissed really well in one of the movies I showed called “Everywoman”. He said that ever since he saw the movie he had been looking for me to kiss him.
Type of man
I love men with a lot of intelligence. When a man is smart, he turns me on easily. And when he’s smart with good looks, I’m almost done for him. But talkative men and flirtations turn me off. I cannot date a man who is the man of all women. I hate men who want to see under the skirt of all women. It’s a big detour for me.
My heart has only been broken once. It was your choice to choose a simple stone over a diamond. Life goes on. Having a man is not the greatest achievement in life. The amount of effort I put into my career as a woman is what matters most to me in life. From being career oriented to fighting for the unattainable heights to achieve my goal, it is my ultimate dream.