Celebrity mum, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, who was one of the panelists at the Innovation Warehouse, a mentorship programme for aspiring filmmakers and actors at the just concluded Africa International Film Festival in Lagos, has given an insight on how to make celebrity marriages to work.
The award winning superstar, who celebrated 20th wedding anniversary with her hubby, Captain Matthew Ekeinde, March, told young aspiring female actors and filmmakers who seek stardom, but are worried they might end up not finding the right man once they get into limelight that sharing faith with one’s significant other and being disciplined are keys to making any celeb’s marriage work, The Nation reports.
”It’s better to be an enemy to a work partner than to your family,” said Omotola.
Speaking further, she stated that for a marriage to work in the entertainment industry, partners must be of the same faith.
”They must believe in you. If you’re a Christian and you marry someone who is not born again then you are on your own. Your partner needs to be stronger than you. They are the ones getting the aftermath of your own action.
Choose a partner who understands entertainment. Don’t choose your fan. Personally, I don’t believe in love at first sight. Pick someone who sees your heart, your soul, someone who sees the real you and not afraid to tell you about your flaws.
Discipline is key. Everyone wants freedom but too much freedom is bad. Be disciplined. It’s better to be an enemy to a work partner than to your family. Learn to say No! We are like nurses and doctors in the industry because we can be called upon at anytime.”
She also spoke against giving in to advances to get movie roles.
”Sometimes you will get a role for giving yourself out but you won’t be able to retain it. If you become famous it will later haunt you. But don’t run away from your sexuality, don’t shy away from who you are, enjoy who you are, come on there but come out with substance.”
Omotola got married to a pilot, Captain Matthew Ekeinde in 1996 and are blessed with four grown up children.
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