Dakore Egbuson-Akande is one of Nollywood biggest stars and very eloquent. She is so eloquent that many will not believe that she didn’t graduate from the university and was actually a dropout.
In an interview with Chude, Dakore spoke about how and why she dropped out of school.
According to 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 Comm. But I did a diploma.
“So I did a diploma in Mass Comm, 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 Comm, 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 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.”