Sola Gbokoyi aka Shoprite or Bilawu is a talented actress who joined the industry a couple of years ago but has tremendously done so much for uplifting of the Yoruba movie industry via her movie
productions, which has
ultimately made her a force to reckon with in the
Nigerian make believe
world. IMG-20160212-WA0007Acting for her started when she joined Iyabo
Ojo’s theatre group in
2010 and after spending 2 years with her, she
graduated and joined Adebayo
Tijani’s caucus in Ibadan Oyo State to learn more
about acting and film
making. Due to the distance, Bilawu left to Sonde
Afolabi a.k.a Folly’s
group under whom she has done a lot of fantastic
films.IMG-20160219-WA0002 According to her,
she garnered a lot of experience while she was with
Iyabo Ojo which really helped her to get to where she is today in the industry.
Apart from acting,
she has so many businesses working for her.
Interestingly, not everyone is
aware that she is married. She got to one Mr Olugbenga Gbokoyi who encouraged her to join acting when she showed the
interest, and their union is blessed with kids. She recently shot a movie titled Somolu babes which is set for premiere on March 6th 2016 at the Radio Lagos Multipurpose Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja. The
event is a 2-in-1 because she will be celebrating her birthday same day,
where 2 musicians, Obesere and St Janet will be performing live. When she
was asked about what prompted the production of Somolu Babes, the talented
actress said, “I decided to shoot the story of my experiences in Somolu and
I titled it Somolu Babes. Reason I gave it that title was because we have
had Omo Ghetto, Omo Mushin, Omo Oshodi and the I want mine to be different.
You may even call it Omo Somolu and you won’t get a marketer for it, but
Somolu babes will be marketed by Small World. The story is about the wrong
impression of people about Somolu. The people creating war or giving the
area a bad name are not the indigenes of the soil. The cultists are of course from the higher institutions close to Somolu
likewise the prostitutes, touts and the rest of them residing in the area are actually not from there but they are the ones giving it a bad name. I did my
research before I wrote the story, I interviewed the kings, Motorcycle
riders and those living in Somolu and from my findings, I pointed out the
true story of Somolu. People should just buy and watch. I have the likes of
Obesere, Fathia Balogun, Toyin Aimakhu, Regina Chukwu, Jaye Kuti, Ademola
Adesanya as cast and Adebayo Tijani directed it. I have produced a lot of movies before this Somolu babes one of which wasbBilawu. It is a comic movie and the film boosted my career but Shoprite was my first production. I did that in 2013 and my marketer really appreciated
it before I shot Bilawu and after that, I shot another one in London which
is yet to be out. I titled it Shoprite in London”, Gbokoyi said.

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