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Yoruba Actress Iyabo Oko Biography – Age, Career, Education, Early Life, Movie, Awards, And Net Worth

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The biography of Kudirat Odukanmi well popularly known as Iyabo Oko, a veteran Yoruba actress who has been in the industry for decades.

Iyabo Oko was born on the 15th of November 1960 in Iwo Town, Osun State, Southwestern part of Nigeria.

Iyabo oko biography
Iyabo Oko Biography
Full Name: Kudirat Odukanmi
Stage Name Iyabo Oko
Date of Birth: November 15, 1960
Place of Birth:: Iwo, Osun State
State of Origin: Osun State
Nationality: Nigerian
Occupation: Actress
Net Worth: $300,000
Husband/Spomsor: Married

Iyabo Oko Biography

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Iyabo Oko was born 15th of November, 1960, and was biologically named Odukanmi Kudirat. She hails from Iwo, a local government in Osun State, Nigeria. She spends most of her early childhood life in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

She is a notable actress who is known for her superb acting skills. Iyabo had featured in a lot of movies with her colleagues. Apart from being referred to as Iyabo Oko, she is nicknamed Apoti Aje and Sisi Mama. She has come a long way to be referred to as a living legend in the Yoruba Movies Industry. She is being applauded for her acting style and her versatile appearance in different movies.

Iyabo Oko Early Life and Education

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Iyabo Oko was born and grew in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State in Nigeria on the 15th of November, 1960.

Report has it that Iyabo ran away from home during her secondary school days because she wanted to join a theatre group. due to her passion for acting.

After some time, her father came to Baba Eda’s house where she ran to and he took her back home and this happened on two occasions.

Iyabo began her education at Oke-Ola Primary School, Iwo in Osun State for her primary education before relocating to Port Harcourt, her meet her father.

She then attended St. Andrews Secondary School, Port Harcourt where she completed her secondary education. At that time, her father was a soldier in the Nigerian Army.

Iyabo Oko Career

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Iyabo Oko started acting at a tender age. She ran away from her comfort zone to a theatre group due to her love for acting. Her father often comes to take her away from the group, but that doesn’t stop her interest in acting. To be precise, Iyabo Oko joined Nollywood in 1973 under Eda Onileola Theatre Troup. She joined the group professionally without the consent of her parents.

Oga Bello brought her to the limelight after working under Oga Bello’s Theatre Group in Lagos. A film was titled Oko and was directed and produced by Oga Bello during that year she joined. Iyabo Oko got her nickname from Oga Bello’s produced film, Oko.

While she was trying to get her career balanced, she lost her father while her mother was able to see the transformation of her career. A few of the movies Iyabo Oko had acted in are Idunnu Okan, Mayowa, Okobo Dimeji to mention but a few.

She took a long break from the industry in the year 2018 due to health issues. After the break, she also disclosed that she would be starting a business of her own as she is not okay with the funds coming in from acting.

Iyabo Oko Cause of Illness

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Kudirat suffered from an undisclosed illness in the year 2016. She survived the illness and was flew overseas in the year 2018 for proper treatment with the help of her son.

When she arrived back in Nigeria, she made it known that she was advised medically to decrease duties with stress. She also decided to take a long break from the film industry.

On the 5th of January, 2021, Iyabo Oko was confirmed to be dead but woke up back after three hours. This incident had occurred twice; Iyabo Oko had been rumored to be dead twice, and this seems she is not ready to die. She was later diagnosed to be suffering from an Ischaemic Stroke.

Iyabo Oko Political Career

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Iyabo Oko is a card-carrying member of the Alliance for Progressive Change (APC), and she was among the Nollywood stars and actresses that canvassed for PVCs in 2015. During this campaign, she disclosed that she was a former member of the PDP but left since they had nothing to offer her.

Moji Olaiya, Remi Shitta-Bay, Remi Oshodi (Surutu), Ronke Oshodi-Oke, Eniola Badmus (Omo-Ghetto), Fadeyi Oloro, and L’Awori are among those on the APC team.

Iyabo Oko Movies

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Iyabo Oko Biography

Iyabo has featured in several movies over the years. Some of Iyabo Oko’s movies were

  • Idunnu Okan
  • Mayowa
  • Adesoro
  • Okobo Dimeji and many others.

Iyabo Oko Award

The City People Awards platform in 2016 awarded Iyabo Oko with a Special Recognition Award for her exceptional contributions to the growth of the Movie Industry in the country.

Iyabo Oko Personal Life

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Iyabo Oko Daughter

She was opportune to give birth to three children. She gave birth to two daughters and a son. Tajudeen Akanmu being the first son died in 2008 after suffering from a brief illness.

Bisi Aisha who tends to be her second child and the first daughter is a Nigerian soldier while her third child (Oduola Olamide) also is still alive.

A few years ago, Iyabo Oko lost her husband. Up till now, she did not reveal the identity of her husband. Iyabo is not always seen with men except on movie sets and she doesn’t use to dress in a seductive way.

Iyabo Oko Social Media

Instagram: @iyabo_oko

Iyabo Oko Net Worth

The net worth of Nollywood actress and producer is estimated at 300,000 dollars.

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