The Fruit Tree: Please tell us briefly about yourself and the projects you’ve starred in.
Ade Laoye: I’m happy-go-lucky and free spirited. I love ice cream and all things Broadway. Faith, family, great friends, music, good food and travel make life interesting. Some projects I’ve worked on include: Hush, Dowry, Saro the Musical, Wakaa the Musical, Tribunal, Lunchtime Heroes, Gidi Up, Inspector K to name a few.
ON HER PERSONALITY
The Fruit Tree: Where did you grow up and what was life like growing up as a child?
Ade Laoye: I grew up in Ibadan and Lagos as one of 5 girls. Growing up was fun. There was lots of song, dance and laughter in our home. Being part of large family meant there was never a dull moment.
The Fruit Tree: As a teenager, what plans and dreams did you have for yourself?
Ade Laoye: I wanted to be a dancer, doctor, computer scientist, psychologist, marine biologist, meteorologist, teacher, and pop star. I was very imaginative.
The Fruit Tree: How would your close friends describe you?
Ade Laoye: Loyal, a risk-taker, talented and a bit of a drama queen.
The Fruit Tree: Kindly tell us about your beliefs and what you stand for as an individual?
Ade Laoye: I believe in kindness, forgiveness, compassion, generosity and love.
The Fruit Tree: What aspect of yourself would you change if you could?
Ade Laoye: To never be afraid of anything, ever.
The Fruit Tree: What’s the most remarkable thing about you?
Ade Laoye: Probably my personality. People are often surprised by how petite I am when they meet me in person. I come across much ‘bigger’ than I actually am.
The Fruit Tree: What episode of your life would you term as the most difficult and how did you overcome this difficulty?
Ade Laoye: Losing my mom 7 years ago. I’m not sure how or if a person ever “overcomes” losing a parent. There’s no playbook that prepares you for when something like that happens. It’s still incredibly painful and I miss her every day. I’m grateful for my family and the support we provide for each other.
The Fruit Tree: If you had the opportunity to inspire someone with an event that changed your life, what would that story be?
Ade Laoye: Again, I’d say losing my mom was a life changing event for me. I was reminded that life is short and you never know when your time on earth will be up. It forced me to re-evaluate my choices and take bolder steps towards achieving my dreams.
ON HER CAREER
The Fruit Tree: What inspired your love for theatre?
Ade Laoye: I grew up in an artistic family where I was able to express myself creatively. Some of my favourite movies growing up were musicals. Being in that kind of environment certainly nurtured the gift that God put there….
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