How I Joined Nollywood Industry 21 Years Ago” – Pretty Actress, Kareem Mariam Reveals



Kareem Mariam Abisola stands out among the wave-making actresses in the Yoruba movie genre of Nollywood, boasting a career that spans over two decades. As an actress and movie producer, Mariam shares insights into her journey, upbringing, and experiences within the industry.

Born to a father from Odogbolu and a mother from Sagamu Remo, both in Ogun State, Mariam was raised in Lagos State, specifically in Fadeyi. Her educational journey began at Lagos Mainland Local Government Primary School, followed by Mainland High School, Onayade Fadeyi, Lagos, for her secondary education. Subsequently, she gained admission to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, before crossing over to Olabisi Onabanjo University to study Industrial and Labour Relations.

In 2002, Mariam joined the movie industry, influenced by Mr. Olumide, whom she met at a shop while purchasing a VCD. Expressing her interest in acting, Mr. Olumide invited her to the rehearsal ground at Sipeolu in Somolu. There, she became connected with the late Dejo Tufulu, under whose tutelage she honed her skills for six years before graduating. Following this, Mariam sought additional knowledge from Kafila Salem and Bose Joseph to learn the intricacies of makeup.

Since her entry into the industry, Mariam Kareem has produced over 6 movies, showcasing her versatility and creative prowess. Some of her notable productions include “Iwalewa,” “Omo Eru,” “Eruni Baba Onaloji,” “Oju Kan Epa Oju Kan Ere,” “Omo Alagbe,” “Iboji Alaye,” “Akuko Oru,” Akiti and many more.

Reflecting on her journey, the actress shared, “I met a man known as Mr. Olumide in 2002 at a shop where I visited to buy a VCD. Expressing my interest in acting while still in secondary school, he invited me to their rehearsal ground at Sipeolu in Somolu. Upon arrival, he connected me with Dejo Tufulu, who became my mentor for six years until I graduated. I produced my first movie in 2007.”


Kareem Mariam Abisola’s story is a testament to passion, dedication, and the transformative power of mentorship within the Nollywood landscape.

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