Jemima Osunde on how she managed to juggle medical school, acting

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Jemima Osunde, a Nollywood actress and Doctor of Physiotherapy, has revealed how she managed to combine acting and finishing medical school at the same time.

In an interview with TV host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on an episode of “Rubbin’ Minds,” the actress revealed that juggling both professions was not as easy as she made it appear, but she had a lot of help from her parents and her roommate, whom she referred to as Folakemi.

“I started acting in my first year, and to be honest, this might be the first time I’m actually admitting it, I thought the acting was going to be a while in university thing, just to pass the time, have some extra change to what daddy was giving me, but here we are,” Jemima explained.

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“I’ve always wanted to do something medically related, so even when I started acting and things were going well, it wasn’t a question of leaving college of medicine for acting; it was a question of figuring out how I could combine the two.” I probably made my debut in 2014, when I was in my first year.”

“My parents were very supportive at the time, but my father’s only concern was that if you say you want to do both, I won’t stop you, but you just have to prove to me that one won’t suffer for the other,” she continued.

“It was difficult, but I had a lot of support; my roommate Folakemi was my go-to guy for updates on what I missed while I was acting and people were in class.” You know, she’d write her note, and I’d photocopy it and read it on set while filming.

“To be honest, it was more difficult than it appeared, I believe because I am always smiling and cheerful, people forget or fail to notice.”

“There were days when I thought I was going insane, days when I had lectures from 8 to 12 and a call time of 1 pm, school is all the way in Surulere-Mushin and set is Lekki phase 1,” she said. Lagos traffic is a nightmare. “I’m stuck in traffic and sweating, the air conditioner is on, and I’m freaking out.” There have been times when I’ve been filming in different states while also having exams or lectures in Lagos.

“All I kept telling myself was that nobody sent me; I chose to do it, so one way or another, I’m going to make it work, I’m going to find a way.”

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“I’m a big supporter of healthcare, particularly in Nigeria. We have almost no health care here, and I have faith and hope that something can be done to improve it in some way.

“My entertainment is a means to an end,” she says, “so once I have my funds and a strategy in place, I can do whatever I want to help the healthcare system.”

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