She is not new to most viewers of the Yoruba movies. Hardworking, blunt in her deliveries and not one to suffer fools gladly, Nollywood actress, Lizzy Anjorin-Lawal is a reader’s delight.
The actress, who got married a few months ago to her lover of 14 year, Abdullateef Adegboyega Lawal, is an astute businesswoman. She plies her trade in gold jewellery, real estate, ready-to-wear, fabrics, haor/skincare products, household items and more.
Owambevibes magazine interviewed the pretty actress and asked how she made her money in the movie industry that has rendered some penniless.
Lizzy replied, “I knew there would not be future in Nollywood and I have bills to pay so I opted for business—I sell cement, I sell houses, I sell diesel, I sell clothes, I sell gold. I sew my clothes and spend hours doing the stoning myself—how many celebrities can do that? I don’t do my business like a celebrity. I operate my business like the market woman in Idumota. I know how to carry myself as a celebrity. I produce my own movie and I spend money hugely.”
Was that how she emerged a rich actress and the first to live in Lekki amongst all of them?
“Lets assume everything about me is fake, but how many artistes work like me? When they can get any artiste that works like me, then I can tell them how I make my money. When I opened my shop 10 years ago in Abule Egba and Ogba, Lagos, how many artistes had shops? I do a lot of businesses and as a very hardworking person, I remain the richest,” she said.
Does she have issues with colleagues, especially Toyin Abraham?
She said, “I don’t want to mention names but I don’t have any business with anyone, I am in love with my business. I mind my lane. I am a moving plane. I have friends in the industry. Who is saying I don’t have friends in the industry? I have and I am sure someone is sending the wrong signals to the society.I am facing my business and I need to make money because I have bills to pay. I started social media paparazzi because I started selling clothes. I don’t have knowledge of phone, I just post my wares and move on.”
According to Lizzy, she started her business over 20 years ago as a struggling student.
“My business is almost 20 years, I started from when I was in polytechnic. I was selling boxers, tops, shirts and jewellery. I would collect uniforms from custom officers and go to wash in Lagos and return. I also started selling cheap jewellery and gradually I could sell genuine gold jewellery. There was a time an actor’s son stole all my jewellery while we were on set. I was just struggling then and I cried.”
Talking glowingly about her husband, its obvious marriage is blissful with Lizzy, whose daughter is 23 years old.
She said, “I have a man who is caring, loving. When you are hardworking, good men would want to be your friend. Some will also want to marry you. Initially, I didn’t want to expose my husband but when some forces started making funny noise, I had to reveal his identity. I have always been uncomfortable with exposing my personal life on social media. If you observe my page on Instagram, I talk mainly about my businesses—clothingline, jewellery, properties, lands and now skincare. I am a very private person despite being a celebrity. I shield my life away from the media. My daughter, who is now 23-year-old doesn’t appear on my handles. She is currently studying in the United States and I’m sure not anyone will see her here or abroad and say, “That’s Liz Anjorin’s daughter.’