She’s the much-loved actress who worked hard this year to break her playing stereotype and level up for 2019. Meet Sharon Ooja.

I didn’t always want to be an actress – I actually wanted to be a newscaster! Becoming a role model to a lot of young women inspires me, it’s like a push for me to show them that you can do it, you can work hard, you can be a voice. There’s a movie I just finished doing with Ebonylife, I was the lead character. It was about human trafficking and it was such a strong story with such a strong message, I can’t wait for that to come out. These stories, these characters that I play push me because I’m actually being a voice for a lot of people who can’t speak. You know sometimes when you watch a show or you watch a movie and you are like, “oh my God, that is so me”? Somebody in a movie is playing that character which means there are a lot of people like you out there. That is my number one push. I sincerely enjoy what I do, I wake up happy knowing that I’m going on set, I crave late nights on set and I have withdrawal syndrome when I’m not filming. I’ve turned down several roles and for different reasons. I’ve turned down roles because I felt like the pay wasn’t enough. I’ve turned down roles because, I feel like if I won’t be able to pull it off I would rather not take the role and not do justice to it. I recently broke the usual stereotype of the parts I play with the movie I just did with Ebonylife. I didn’t play my usual baby girl, character – long hair, pretty – I was stripped down, no makeup, no weave. So it’s something that I look forward to people watching because, like I said, if it was anything like what I’ve done before I would have turned it down. It’s very important especially at this stage in my career where I have been recognised to break out of being type cast. People know me, people identify with me and if I don’t break it now, I would continue like that for the rest of my career which means it will be a short-lived!


Our eighth giveaway today is a GA Beauty Box sponsored by Sleekstudio NG .


To win the giveaway for day 7, go to our post about Grace on Instagram and leave a comment telling us why you found this feature inspirational.

Your comment must include:

1) #12daysofglam hashtag

2) Why you find Sharon inspiring

3) Follow us, @sharonooja  and @Sleekstudiong

4) Tag 2 friends who’ll be inspired by her achievements

The most inspiring comment will win today’s price!

DAY 8’s giveaway is only open to NIGERIA residents.  Today’s winner will be announced on the 26th of December on our Instagram page.

Good luck! xo.


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