Ini Edo and Dakore Akande open up on their brush with drug abuse for the first time


Nollywood stars, Ini Edo and Dakore Akande have advised the youth to stay away from drugs at the just concluded Drug Convos, a virtual event hosted by MTN Foundation in partnership with Businessday, MTV Base and Nigerian Entertainment Today (Netng) in commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking marked annually on June 26.

Dakore Egbuson-Akande recounted her path crossed with drug traffickers while she was an undergraduate in the University saying, “I remember when things were difficult. I was in the university and I could travel abroad at that time.

Someone came up to me and said ‘oh, would you want to carry some drugs when you travel and you’ll get paid when you get there?’ I was only 21 at the time!”

She added that her strict upbringing played a role in the decision she made relative to the situation she found herself in.

.”Due to upbringing and the discipline my parents had instilled in me, I didn’t have to run home to ask my parents what to say to the guy. I just knew that omo dat one no go happen!”

Ini Edo on her part said the adverse effect of drugs should be portrayed through movies to sensitize the youth. She said:

‘The Censors Board [National Film and Video Censors Board] has a huge role to play in this. If you are telling a drug-related success story, there has to be a certain result that shows that if you get into this type of lifestyle, this is what you are likely to get at the end of the day.’