In a recent interview, Actress Moji Oyetayo aka Mama Ajasco, a graduate of English Language from Lagos State University, opens up on her role as the PRO of the Lagos State Chapter of AGN, her divorce state, love life, s*x and her world of acting.
Who really is Moji Oyetayo?
My name is Moji Oyetayo popularly known as Mama Ajasco. I am a voice-over artiste; I am an actress and I ‘m also the newly sworn-in public relations officer of the Lagos State Chapter of Actors Guild of Nigeria. I am a Lagosian and a beautiful Yoruba woman. I attended Supreme Education Foundation in Magodo, Lagos and got a degree in English from Lagos State University LASU.
You wear so many hats as an actress, voice-over artiste, and AGN executive, how do you combine all these?
The truth of the matter is they are all under
the big picture called entertainment and there are ways of marrying them together. I have been shooting a lot of new soaps, movies but the latest side of me is being the Public Relation Officer of AGN Lagos Chapter. It’s been quite tasking because I’m the voice of the guild and the image maker. So I get to attend almost all the events, I get to talk and have a relationship with the media. What we’re preaching here is that there is a new dawn; the new executive under
the chairmanship of Victor Osuagwu is geared to take AGN to a new life. Enough of bickering, enough of the infighting, enough of disorder, we should speak as one body. When we’re separated, we can’t go forward. When we come together, then that’s when things will take place and people will take us more serious. Apparently, I thought it was on AGN. I just finished a meeting with ANTP and they are in the same mess too. It’s very embarrassing and annoying.
How has your career been like?
All praise goes to the Almighty, it has been fine and I am enjoying every bit of it. They say slow and steady wins the race. I’m popularly known as Mama Ajasco of the Papa Ajasco & Company drama series from Wale Adenuga Productions. That runs on all local stations everyday of the week and is nationwide. That’s like large. I have been acting mama Ajasco for three years now.
How easy or tough has it been interpreting the role of Mama Ajasco?
Interpreting Mama Ajasco was kind of really critical for me in the first place. People know me as an English language student and I speak a lot of phonetics. So dropping my phonetics was kind of a major in-balance for me originally and kind of speaking normal English and pidgin. It was kind of tasking and that’s what makes you a fantastic actor. When people meet me and see the way I speak, my composure, and my dressing trying to relate with my character, they are normally shocked. I’m supposed to be given thumbs up. If I can transcend into that role and come back to myself, it says a lot about my talent. Outside of that, I’ve done a lot of movies. I’m running on some soap even right now as we are talking. I’m onDaughters of Eve, Famous Five, My Tomorrow and the latest is Oga madamwhich starts soon. I’m a soap guru because it features you and transcends you and keep you on the face of people permanently. People ask me and I say I am running on six different drama series at the same time because I want my face to be on your brain. I’ll probably concentrate on more movies for the rest of the quarter. Basically for me soap opera is supposed to sell you and it is only a series that entertains the house hold.
So how many movies and soaps have you done?
So you earnestly want me to start counting them …
Maybe because I doubt if many people know…
That is the challenge people have with me and it happens every time. Even as mama Ajasco, you can watch me now and not recognize me. My best hobby in life is to disguise. I hate people see me and recognize me easily. Like the role I played in Return of Jenifa as a cult girl, Ata trying to initiate Helen Paul, before people can say I am the one, the scene has gone. I always have this familiar look when people see me but they can’t place it. Before you start arranging yourself to place it, I have run away and I love it. And I don’t want it to change. I don’t look like my characters in all my movies and series and that’s fine for me. I need to have a life that I can enjoy without paparazzi.
How long have you joined the Nigerian movie industry and how well have you feared?
I started in 2006. I started out as the Next Movie Star and artiste manager for the Next Movie Reality TV Show and from there I went into a Reality TV show called 12 Ambassadors of Nollywood sponsored by Paul Obazele in conjunction with Unity Bank and I emerged as one of the 12 ambassadors and that’s how my career emerged.
So how has it been since then?
It has been fine and for sure challenging but I have been striving hard and not resting on my oars. I did not go through any of the scandals and the pressures. God has been faithful. As you know I like to talk, so I plan to have my talk show shortly. It’s natural for me to make people laugh.
Outside acting what do you do?
I’m a voice-over artiste and do a lot of master compering at different events and it gives me jobs more than acting and being a voice over artiste put together. It pays the bills for me. I’m a member of AVOA, Association of Voice over Artistes.
You are on the big side, how do you feel about that?
Yes, an African woman is a big woman and I’m proud to be a big woman. I’m a beautiful s*xy big woman and I love it. An African woman is curvy. I’m not preaching obesity but if you are big, embrace it, dress your curve, look nice and present yourself as s3xy. African men love fully curvaceous women. I’m a plus size model. I don’t face discrimination instead I have a problem finding them off.
So what is s*x to you?
[S*x is] That evil thing that God gave man that is causing commotion right now (Laughter). Somebody sang very good bad girl or s*x is a very good bad thing between man and woman that is causing commotion in the world.