‘I’ve cut you off, from this day, you are on your own’. These were the words Popular Nollywood Actress, Dakore Egbuson’s father spoke to her when she informed him of her decision to choose a career in entertainment. It all started after her parents’ separation as a teenager when she decided to study Mass Communication in the university contrary to her dad’s wish for her to study English.
With a strong conviction that her future was in Entertainment and Communications, she accepted her dad’s verdict and went ahead to put herself through University. “I knew I had a talent to act, sing and entertain although I never knew it could lead me to a career,” she quipped.
She ventured into Nollywood as an undergraduate in the University of Lagos and landed a number of roles before a strike action by the Actors’ Guild and another strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities caused her to give up on Nigeria and head to the United Kingdom in search for greener pastures.
During her sojourn in the UK, some of the movies she shot while in Nigeria were released and not long afterwards, she started gaining recognition for her works and won awards. Eventually, it became apparent she had to come back home to pursue opportunities and embrace her burgeoning stardom.
Upon returning to Nigeria, Dakore recounted that despite her diligence and dedication to her work, the results were not commensurate, and it was frustrating.
‘I have been in the industry for almost 25 years, I have been diligent and have not done anything wrong, how come I have not gained the recognition that I deserve? And then in 2018, I get the call’.
With teary eyes, the award-winning actress narrated how she got a phone call to become an MTN Ambassador with a deal that changed her life.
The Amnesty International Ambassador disclosed this while speaking at the launch of MTN Nigeria’s new thematic campaign tagged, “Turn It Up”. Admitting that she never talks about her personal life but felt it was important to open up as her rise to the top of her career was not an easy journey, contrary to popular belief.
‘Turn It Up is a psychological awakening for us as Nigerians, we think there’s a saviour from outside that will come to save us but that’s not true, we have to save ourselves and it takes looking within to discover our strengths. MTN is giving us the tools we need for access and connectivity, I believe that’s what we need.”
She ended by urging Nigerians to take advantage of the myriad of platforms and opportunities provided by MTN Nigeria and follow the Turn It Up Initiative closely as the leading ICT firm will be announcing a myriad of partnership opportunities in the coming months.
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