By Mobola Sadiq.
Actress, Wofai Ewa, popularly known as Wofai Fada, has said that some of the popular people who turned her down when she was trying to find her voice in the entertainment industry are now her colleagues.
The 30-year-old entertainer also said that she gained her parents respect after she started making money from her talent. In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Wofai said, “People think young ladies don’t have the money to afford a good life but they don’t know my story. They also think that successful ladies do different (unwholesome) things for money. When I got to Lagos, I didn’t have where to stay. If you give me (as little as) N5,000 now, I would save it. I don’t know how to be extravagant. I like to save as much as I can because of the fear of going back to the level I was. When I got my (Mercedes Benz) G-Wagon, people said a man must have given it to me but that’s not true. I guess a lot of women face such claims but it would have been better if they said God gave me.
“God has been the one helping me and I just wish everyone would give Him the glory. I was turned down by a lot of people and some known celebrities but now, those people are my colleagues in the industry. I only wanted those people to give me a platform to shine, not money. I honestly didn’t think things would work out well for me. I’ve always believed in myself but didn’t see it coming this fast.”
The comedienne further said that her drive to be more successful was borne out of the fear of returning to square one after all she had suffered. She said, “When you’re consistent, you would have your own audience. With the support of social media, I kept pushing and I’ve become more innovative. When I started my skits, it was just for fun. I didn’t even know how to make money on Instagram then. Over time, I didn’t want to be known only as an Instagram celebrity, so I had to think of something else and that’s why I opened a restaurant. New comedians are evolving, so if one doesn’t innovate, one would become stale.
“I have never taken myself seriously, so whatever anybody said to me was not discouraging. It was my parents that didn’t understand what I was doing because I was sent to school, not to be a comedian. I only made sure I graduated and they thought I would start looking for a job afterwards. I didn’t tell my parents I was leaving home for Lagos. I’m sure that they thought a boy had tricked me into leaving home. When they eventually saw some of my videos, they were disappointed, saying that was not what they sent me to school to do. Over time, they saw I was serious about the skits. I was also becoming popular and making money. That was when they started praising me. I studied Theatre Arts at the University of Calabar against my father’s will. He actually wanted me to be a medical doctor.”