Nikkyosblog has the profound pleasure to chat with a passionate actress and film producer based in the United kingdom.
Seyi Alabi is the founder of Voice of the Raped Foundation and of course the CEO of Seyi Alabi Entertainment and Productions.
Seyi Alabi talks about her acting career, her source of motivation and more.
1. What was growing up like for you?
Growing up was just like the next door neighbour. I had a normal childhood that is not so complicated. I was born and raised in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. My parent later moved to Lagos. I did part of my secondary schooling in Ikorodu, Lagos state and went back and graduated from the University of Ibadan before I relocated to the United Kingdom where I continued my education. I am the sixth child out of six children and as the last child, I was protected by my elder siblings so growing up as a child was alright.
2. When did you start your acting career and what was the inspiration behind this?
I initially started at around 2005, but relocated to the United Kingdom three years after. I recently started again just a little over 4 years in 2016. The inspiration behind it is when I watch movies as child, I knew that I CAN DO IT too so I worked towards it.
3. How would you recount your experience so far in film making?
To be honest, I didn’t have a great experience when I attempted to start my journey into being an Actor and a film maker in 2005 hence the pause. I made a conscious decision to travel and find greener pasture in the United Kingdom where I am now happily settled. I knew there was something missing as the years goes by. I attempted film making again when I was financially stable and I produced my first ever indigenous movie, IBI (The Birth) and my experience so far has been amazing.
4. You founded Voice of the Raped Foundation, what’s the motivation behind this?
Hmm, I was the motivation because I was a victim of Rape. I knew I didn’t want anyone to experience what I went through. Also, if anyone did, I wanted to help them find a safe haven with the foundation by lending a listening ear that is not judgemental or discriminative. Voice of the Raped also try to liaise with other foundations of like minds to give extensive support to victims such as, seeing a Psychiatrist, counselling or other therapeutic interventions that will help the victims to cope with what happen better than they would have without any help or support. Above all, seeking justice for the victims of Rape.
5. What motivates you and keeps you going?
Just like before. My motivation is me in 10 years’ time and the cycle goes like that. I see who I want to become and I work relentlessly towards being that person and when I do, I see myself again in another 10 years being better and greater than the last 10 years.
6. Do you have other passions aside acting and film making?
Yes I do, I love looking after people and caring for them and that is why I trained as a nurse associate to be a Nurse and I am presently practising as a Nurse Associate in the United Kingdom.
7. Do you have mentors and how have they influenced you?
I love Mummy Joke Silver, she is well respected and idolised and I want to be that and more.
8. What’s your typical day like?
My typical day is being a mum and wife. Nothing extra ordinary and when I want to spice it up, I do a TIKTOK video (Laughs).
9. What woman inspires you?
I don’t want to sound predictable but just the way I motivate myself, I am one strong woman. As a mum of four dependent children in the United Kingdom, working full-time and schooling without much help or much close family relatives, It’s not so easy but I do it relentlessly with the grace of God of course so I don’t let my kids down as I want them to be proud of me. So YES, my adorable 4 children inspire me to keep moving aside my children, my Mum is.
10. How do you balance your work schedules with other life responsibilities?
I am very grateful to God with the husband He blessed me with. We are both in sync with our daily lives and it help us both manage our other responsibilities and work well. He understands my needs to do my extra bits and he supports me in achieving them.
11. Is there any story or experience you want to briefly share with us?
Never cast anyone away as we are all VALID it’s just the TIME that is different. You are not better than anyone and no one is better that you.
12. What advice would you like to give the young girls/women and our diligent readers?
Just believe in yourselves. Whatever the mind believes in, the body can achieve through Christ Jesus. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Nikkyosblog specially appreciates Seyi Alabi for her time and for sharing a lot with us in this session.
You can follow her on Instagram @seyiealabi
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