A Profile On One Of Nigeria’s Renowned Actresses, Lola Alao As She Turns 50
If you watched a lot of movies in the ’90s/early 2000s, then the name Lola Alao would ring a bell.
Lola Alao is an actress, movie producer, and humanitarian who has made a huge mark in Nollywood.
As she clocks 50 years old, here are some interesting facts about her.
She was born on December 19, 1969, and she hails from Igbira, Kogi State.
She attended Army Children Schoo, Ilorin and Sobi Government School, Ilorin for her primary and secondary education. She studied catering and hotel management at YWCA before proceeding to the University of Lagos to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
Her journey into acting started when she featured in popular TV series produced by Zeb Ejiro ‘Ripples’. Since then, she has featured in over fifty movies some of which include Ewe Koko, 5&6, Oku tee sin amongst others.
She has also produced over twenty movies under her movie production, ‘Lola Alao Production’.
She founded two NGOs; one in her daughter’s name, Damilola Ogunlana Empowerment Foundation and the other in her name, Lola Alao Foundation.
Personal Life and Controversies
Lola Alao has been involved in lots of controversies, especially regarding her love life.
Her first marriage in 2002 to a car dealer, Dare Ogunlana hit the rocks in 2008 over accusations of infidelity and fetish acts from her husband. They both have a daughter, Damilola who is now 15.
In 2013, she gave love a chance again when she got married to America-based Olawale Ajibola who was arrested in Kuwait for credit card scam.
The marriage was also shortlived as it crashed about a year after. There were unconfirmed rumours that she also dated ex-Kwara governor and Senate President, Bukola Saraki who showered her with money, a house, regular trips abroad, etc.
Ajibola got wind of the romance, confronted her and accused her of not showing him enough commitment. She, however, told him off He was said to have moved on with her best friend with whom he fled to Canada.
It wasn’t long after this that Lola declared that she was single again.
She got into a fight in 2012 with her once best friend, Bisi Ibidapo-Obe who she introduced to Dino Melaye. Bisi alleged that Lola was dating Melaye while accusing the senator of being responsible for her pregnancy which he denied.
She also shocked everyone in 2016 when she announced that she was switching from Christianity to Islam.
Unconfirmed rumours said she switched to Islam because of a rich ‘Alhaji’ who she wanted to get married to.
She, however, said she only reverted back to her root as she was born into a Muslim home.
In May 2019, she won the custody battle for the children of her late friend, Aisha Abimbola who died in 2018 of breast cancer.