Veteran Nollywood actress and model Dakore Egbuson-Akande has opened up on why she had to flee from the University.
Many people got shocked when the news that Dakore Akande did not have a University degree and was a school dropout. In an interview with Chude, the actress spoke about how and why she dropped out of school. She also disclosed the experience her decision taught her.
“You know I did try. I did. Let’s break it down, so first I went in 1996/97 to UNILAG to study Mass Com. But I did a diploma. So I did a diploma in mass com, majored in PR and Advertising. Then I left for a year cuz you have to work for a year to make sure it’s something that you really want to do and so I started working at Casers which is an advertising place. “
“After that, I started working at a PR job, Y2Group which is where Emem (Isong) started off. This was before I went back to school. And then because at that time I didn’t have much – nobody knew who I was – my parents had just split up, there were a lot of things going on. My dad wasn’t really there to help me with the admission process cuz everything was different. Just tough.”
Then I had to write JAMB again because I didn’t have the leg to work my direct entry because I should have entered from Year 2 with a diploma. I now had to write JAMB again. I wrote JAMB and I did very well and I got into Mass Com., the course I wanted. So I started again from Year 1. This is after doing diploma, working, starting again Year 1, Year 2, then Year 2 half, the strike started.
During that time I was on television doing Sports TV so even when I was in uni, I was already on TV. So my people were asking what kind of efiko is this girl? But I was so driven cuz I knew that I needed this education to go where I wanted to go. But when the education started getting staccato, it’s not for everybody and I got disillusioned.
I’m trying to finish this thing so I can move on to the next thing and then you guys keep dragging me back, there was a time we were at home for a year. Just at home. So I worked with my uncle who also trained TY Bello in photography. That is to tell you the kind of person I was, I hated being idle and Nigeria was trying to make me idle and I was not going to have it. So I said okay, pata pata if I perish, I perish. Year 3, I was out.
Also, I was being harassed. I was also being harassed by my HOD at the time. So that was also a very difficult situation at the time. So I said you know what? I’m going. I’m done. It’s a wrap.”