If you ask Any keen observer of trends in Nollywood to point to
an actress that should be crowned queen
of the core Nollywood acting skies, you are
sure that the observer will point at the
popular Nollywood actress, Funmilayo Adelusi Paloma .
The Sociology and Anthropology
graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
Awka is undoubtedly a leading actress in
An actress of vast credit and extraordinary
beauty who has had more than a steady
run in the movie since she joined the
industry in 2004, Funmilayo has continued to
reign over the Nigerian home video scene
and has outlasted a few of her peers in
terms of sustained relevance at the apex,
not only because of her grace, beauty,
artistic carriage and devotion to the job,
but because the Ekiti State born
actress is simply a naturally talented
Generally viewed as a gem that has
remained unshaken and unbeatable,
And In every movie I take part in,
there must be something memorable about
it. And I watch most of them over and over
again to see what I have done and how I
can improve on my next job
You have been walking tall off and on
In fact an entertainment website
recently named you the reigning queen of
What is the secret?
My relationship with God is the secret. I
think what has kept me going in the
industry is prayers and the fact that I really
have passion for the job. Again if you ask
all those I have worked with, I am sure
they will attest to the fact that I take my
work seriously no matter what role I am
given to play. I started with the popular
saying that ‘no role is too small’ and I
have kept at that. Again, I also do my best
to interprete my roles well. Once I am given
a role, I commit personal resources to
researching the character and getting it
right. I am sure my fans are generally
entertained because my producers tell me
that they keep asking for more.
How will you assess the Nollywood
I think we are not doing badly at all except
that we need funding and the right
structures including distribution structures
so that we can sell movies and so that our
producers will have enough to make more
movies and that way we can earn monies
At the moment what I take
home is not bad. But I am very certain that once we curb
piracy, improve distribution and properly
regulate the industry, things will improve.
But was acting really your career interest
as a child?
No, it was not. Well before I came into the
industry, I wanted to be a nurse . I was
actually about to start my nursing School before fate brought me into d
entertainment industry and since I joined
over a decade or so ago, I have worked in A law firm as a secretary.
What would you say are the pains of
No pain, no Gain
Well, you know everything that has an
advantage and also its disadvantages. For
me, I think the major pain is seeing a lot of
false information about me. False stories.
People impersonating me on social media,
sending out false information and using it
to defraud my fans. It is so painful. But I
know the pains come with being involved in
a glamorous industry such as the entertainment industry.
Are You Expecting Any Award This Year?
Yes By The Special Grace Of God.
What Is Your Full Name…
My is Funmilayo Adelusi Paloma,
Who Is Your Role Model?
Joke Silva Is My Role Model.
How Many Movies Have You Being Featured In?
Is up to 50 Movies..
Do You Have Any Crush In The Industry?
No for Now..
In Your Next Movies, who would love to be Featured With?
I think I Prefer Odunlade Adekola.
What is Your Advice For The Upcoming Actress Out There?
Like I Said Earlier, No Pain, No Gain, Whatever You Do just make sure you do it Well, And don’t give up, You Must Be Patient..
Have You Been Norminated For Any Award Before?
No.. But I believe Soon..
Which Tribe Are You From?
Yoruba.. The western Region of Nigeria.
Apart From Movies, What Else Do You Do As A Woman?
I cook And am also a Mother.. Thanks.
In Your Movie Titled Who Are You (Ta Ni E),
What is the scret Of Your Beauty
Still the trim and amazing
Queen. What’s the secret?
You mean I still look amazing? Wow,
thanks for the compliments. But honestly I
haven’t been doing much. Too busy I
guess. I just exercise once in a while. I
really don’t have enough time to myself
because of my work schedule. But I have
been trying to create time because one has
to take care of self to be able to remain in
business. But when I am not working, I just
go home and stay with my family. I also
like relaxing with a good novel or cool
How Many Movies Have You Produced?
I have Produced Two Movies Which Are Feyinti’ Oluwa And Who Are You (Ta Ni E)
What Was Your Role In The Movies?
In Feyit’ Oluwa I was Damola Olatunji’s Wife And In Who Are You (Ta Ni E) I was Odunlade Adekola’s Wife
Will You Still Maintain Your Shape? Because i love Your Structure
Thanks, I will..
And what are your expectations for the
AMAA’s. You sure looking forward to
Of course, yes. I really have a high
expectation for the coming AMAA awards. I
am still trilled at being nominated. They
have kept it going for the past ten years
and it is very commendable.
Any regret being an actor?
No, I do not have any regrets being an
actor. The job satisfaction I get from it is
awesome. Plus the joy and laughter I bring
into people’s lives is something I cherish a