Nollywood actress Jemima Osunde, has revealed how she struggled to successfully combine acting and medical school.
The actress who graduated with a degree in physiotherapy in a chat with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, on an episode of “Rubbin’ Minds” revealed that combining school and acting was not an easy task.
Osunde explained that she started acting as a part time job at first, but gradually she became very dedicated to her craft.
” I was in my first year when I started acting. To be honest, this might be the first time I am actually admitting it, I thought acting was going to be a while in university thing, just to pass time, have some extra change to what daddy was giving me, but here we are.
I have always wanted to do something medically inclined, so even when I started acting and it was going well, it wasn’t a thing of I would leave college of medicine for acting. It was a thing of let me see how I can combine both. I made my debut probably in 2014, I was in my first year.
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My parents were very supportive then but my dad’s only concern was if you say you want to do both, I won’t stop you but you just have to prove to me that one won’t suffer for the other and the one he was talking about is obviously school.
So it was really hard but I had a lot of help. My roommate Folakemi was my go-to guy to give me updates on what I missed when I was out there acting and people were in class. you know she would write her note and I would photocopy them and read them while I am on set filming.
To be honest, it was harder than it looked. I think because I am always smiling and I am always cheerful people forget that or they fail to see.
Jemima Osunde also revealed that keeping up with classes and filming took a toll on her physically and mentally, yet she remained resilient.
“There were days when I was losing my mind. There were days where I have lectures from 8 to like 12 and I have a call time of 1 pm. School is all the way in Surulere-Mushin and set is Lekki phase 1. Lagos traffic. I am in traffic and sweating, the AC is on, I am panicking.
There were times when I am filming in different states and I have exams in Lagos or I have lectures I have to keep up with.
All I kept telling myself all through is nobody sent me. I am the one that choose to do it, so one way or the other I will make it work. I will find a way.
I’m very invested in healthcare, especially in Nigeria. We almost have no health care here, and I really have faith and hope that there’s stuff to do to improve it one way or the other.
My entertainment is a means to an end, so as I gather my funds and I have a strategy, I can then go forward and do what I want to help the healthcare system.”
Jemima Osunde is a Nigerian actress who gained prominence after playing Leila in the television series “Shuga”. Osunde was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 15th Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in 2018 “The Delivery Boy”.
She is also a physiotherapist from the University of Lagos.
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