Actress Sola Sobowale Clarifies False Rumors about Involvement in Drug Trafficking and Arrests in Saudi Arabia

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Actress Sola Sobowale from ‘King of Boys’ clarifies false rumors about involvement in drug trafficking and arrests in Saudi Arabia.

Veteran Nollywood actress Sola Sobowale has addressed rumors surrounding her alleged arrest for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia. Speaking on the ‘King of Talk’ podcast with Nigeria’s Teju Babyface, the 58-year-old actress reflected on the negative reports that emerged about her in Nigeria after she moved to the United Kingdom to work in menial jobs.

Sobowale revealed that one of the most damaging rumors was that she had been killed in Saudi Arabia for drug trafficking and that she had carried cocaine. She explained how shocked people were to see her alive upon her return to Nigeria.

She recounted, “The worst of the rumors I heard about me was when they said Sola Sobowale had been killed in Saudi Arabia and that I carried cocaine. It was written here in Nigeria. I was allegedly arrested in Saudi Arabia. They claimed they amputated my leg and my hand. I told them I am a star in Nigeria and that they should kill me. So when I got back to Nigeria, at the airport, they said, ‘Sola Sobowale is dead’. I said, do you believe in abracadabra? I said I am alive. I have never been to Saudi Arabia. I do not even know where it is on the map. So many negative things. But to God be the glory. God has compensated me.”

Sobowale also revealed that she temporarily paused her acting career to prioritize her children, not expecting anything in return. She recalled leaving her lucrative acting job, which earned her over N5 million within months in the early 2000s, to take on menial jobs in England.

She shared, “It was confusing because my tag read ‘Olu’. Because I did not put Olusola. Especially one of the top Ogas looked at me and said ‘have I met you before’ and I said no. Then he looked at me and walked away. After I saw him in the office, I went there and asked, ‘may I know you sir?’ and he said his name is Seye Fadipe.

And I said yes, you have met me before. I said my name is Sola Sobowale. You met me on television. He looked at me and said, ‘are you crazy?’ I said I am not crazy. He asked what are you doing? You are up there in Nigeria. But there was something better than that. My future. My children are my future. There will be a time when the energy that Sola Sobowale will no longer be there. Then it is what you sow that you reap.”

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