Fisayo Ajisola, an up and coming actress who is also giving back through her non-governmental organization, the Jewel Empowerment Foundation (JEF), which is dedicated to providing for children, youths and the less-privileged. In this interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly, she spoke on a wide range of topics, including her career and plans for her NGO…
It’s interesting to know you just graduated, how have you been able to juggle academics with acting?
I would say my temperament. I’m a choleric and I’m a very good organizer. I plan ahead of time so I don’t get things choked up. I think what has helped me most is proper planning. I managed acting, academics and NGO and they all came out well.
Some lecturers or students might feel intimidated and would want to oppress you. Did you experience such and how did you overcome it?
I’m very open, free and friendly. I’m down-to-earth. So, one of the things that helped me in school was the fact that I was able to tolerate my colleagues, play with them and make them know I’m just like every other student. I’m well known in school and some of my lecturers know I’m into acting. I was not bothered, but at the same time, I was dealt with. I’ve been able to scale through that aspect of my life.
Concerning your NGO, what has been your pains and gains?
My NGO is basically for children and youth. And the main objective is to reduce societal menace by concentrating on children and youth. To me, the gain is the fact that I have been able to make people smile, because the motto of my NGO is: Created to make you smile. Helping the younger generation brings joy to me because I’m just like every normal young person. I’m a person that discovered herself early in life. Thus, my NGO helps younger people to know what they want to do in life, to help them positively and being fulfilled doing it. Talking about the pain, a lot of people ask me why I’m doing this NGO thing. The reason is because a lot of people believed anyone who starts an NGO is someone that has achieved a lot and is trying to give back. But I believe you don’t have to be wealthy before you make impact. I would say the pain is raising fund but basically, I think I have more gains than pains.
What’s your plan as regards acting?
Presently, I’m working on producing my movie and I’m looking at mid-2016. Aside that, I’m going to be working on other people’s projects. So, what I’ve got for 2016 is the best of me. I have more time for the acting now. I am available presently. People should expect the best from me, the really crazy me.
We hear stories of sexual harassment in the industry. Have you ever had an encounter?
Sexual harassment is everywhere. It’s in every sector. The only reason it is pronounced in the movie industry is because of the media. About being sexually harassed before, maybe. But before one is being harassed, you know you want to do it or not. And for me, it’s a No-No. I believe in working on myself, being good and facing reality. But honestly, harassment is no for me because I don’t give in.
How do you handle your male fans and what is the craziest thing any of your fan has ever done to you?
Person wey no dey inside TV sef dey get admirers. But the thing is, I love them and they love me too. I’m a very friendly person and down to earth. I know when to stop them whenever they are going too far. The craziest thing a male fan has ever done is kiss and hug me. I’m always happy to see them.
You just released some sexy pictures, so can you tell us what part of your body turns men on?
I love to say this: Every part of my body turns men on. From my hair to my toes, you will be turned on.
What turns you on in a man?
Funny enough, nothing physical turns me on in a man. I consider intangible things in a man. Things the eyes can’t see – care, love and most especially, someone that really believes in me, someone that can see what I will become in five years; trust, patience, among other things. Sometimes I could be temperamental and crazy but I need someone that can calm me down. Those are the things.
What defines your style and fashion?
I’m a bling-bling person. I like colours and I like to combine them. So, simplicity but colourful defines my style. I like something that glitters.
Who do you look up to in the industry?
Genevieve Nnaji, Mercy Johnson, Ini Edo and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
You featured in Jenifa’s Diary, can you tell us about that?
You know Jenifa’s Diary is comedy. So, I played the role of a married student who was harassed by a post graduate student not knowing that I’m married to a soldier. It was a funny scenario. The guy later came after me and my husband was so aggressive. It was cool. It’s nice working with the crew.
Will you describe the role as challenging or fun?
It’s both. You can’t say acting is challenging or fun. All of it makes it what it is and that’s why we want to be in it. Acting is fun and challenging because sometimes, the fun part of it is that you are happy doing what you are doing and people that watch it appreciate what you do. The challenging part of it is that you will be on set for hours under stress, pressure and all of that. It could be annoying and tasking.
We also learnt that you featured in the soap, This Life?
Yes, I featured in This Life by Wale Adenuga Production. The title is A Change of Heart. It’s such a funny character because I played the role of a Port Harcourt babe (prostitute). It was a role where I had to exhibit all those promiscuous character but it was challenging for me because it was not me.
Can you tell us about your first kiss and how was it?
When you ask of my first kiss, you made me remember my ex. I was in secondary school. My first kiss was sweet. It was really sweet and I was happy. This is so sensitive, you know all this kind of kiss while in your dormitory your body still vibrates. It’s like the picture played back on your head and then you vibrate. I had that kiss on Friday and till Monday, it was still playing on my head. So when I remember that kiss, I just vibrated. It was intimate and very lovely. I think after that time, I didn’t feel that way but that particular time, it was sweet and I was happy.