Ireti Doyle is a Nigerian actress, writer, producer, presenter, and entrepreneur. She began her career in the entertainment industry in the 90s and over time has honed her skills in stage, television, film, and print works.
While following her passion, she established the Oge with Iretiola TV show where she talks about lifestyle and fashion. On the show, she interviews Africa’s finest who also serve as role models to young adults.
Altogether, Ireti has been in the industry for over two decades and is often regarded as ‘actor’s actor’ by her peers due to her excellent interpretation of roles.
Ireti Doyle Biography
Iretiola Olusola Ayinke was born on May 3, 1967 in Lagos State. After her primary education, she attended Christ School, Ado-Ekiti. Thereafter, she obtained a diploma in Mass communication and bagged a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos Plateau, Nigeria. Iretiola has lived in Nigeria and some cities overseas.
She is married to the veteran broadcaster, Patrick Doyle, and their home is blessed with children and grandchildren.
Ireti Doyle Early Career
Ireti is an entertainer vast in writing, acting, TV presenting and speaking. Basically, she started acting in 1995 during one of her school strikes. She utilised the opportunity and auditioned for a role in the TV series Riddles and Hopes. Prior to that, her motivation began in secondary school while watching Joke Silva in Lola Fani Kayode produced TV series, Mind bending.
While building her career in the movie industry, she also ventured into hosting television programs. She hosted shows like Morning Ride on STV, Nimasa This Week on Channels TV, e.t.c. She also became a social commentator and was writing columns for This Day Newspaper, City People, Saturday Vanguard, e.t.c
Along the line in 2000, she began her fashion and lifestyle show, Oge with Iretiola, which ran consecutively for 10 years. Subsequently, she began to write scripts. She wrote the Amaka Igwe’s Tempest, and other interesting stories.
Summarily, Ireti is highly respected in the industry due to how she excellently delivers her roles. As a result, she earned the moniker, ‘actor’s actor’. She has worked with movie stars like; Toyin Abraham, Ayo Makun, Odunlade Adekola, Helen Paul, RMD, Adesua Etomi, Banky W, Sola Sobowale, Joseph Benjamin e.t.c She has also starred in Nigerian award-winning movies like Fifty, Torn, The Wedding Party, Merry Men, e.t.c
Ireti has acted in several TV series like Fuji House of Commotion, Tinsel (2012-2015), Gidi Up (2013), Dowry (2014).
Some of the films she starred in also include;
- All About Ere, 1998
- Sitanda, 2006
- Across the Niger, 2009
- Torn, 2013
- The Therapist, 2015
- Fifty, 2015
- The Grudge, 2016
- The Arbitration, 2016
- The Wedding Party 1&2, 2016
- Dinner, 2016
- The Arbitration, 2016
- Guy Man, 2017
- Something Wicked, 2017
- Merry Men: The Real Yoruba Demons, 2018
- 1929, 2019
- Zena, 2019
- Kasanova, 2019
Oge With Iretiola
Ireti began the Oge With Iretiola show in 2000. It became a fashion and lifestyle show that celebrates and showcases Africa’s finest in terms of fashion and trends. In the show, she interviews entrepreneurs, entertainers, and icons who also double as role models to the young and upcoming.
The show ran for 10 years and stopped. But recently, it was revived and premiered on September 1, 2019. Now, it airs on AfricaMagic Showcase Channel 151 every Sunday. This time, she has interviewed young stars like Adesua Etomi and the popular singer, Simisola Ogunleye (Simi). Basically, on the show, she discusses issues relating to self-esteem, peer pressure, and other social ills plaguing youths with solutions to the vices.
Together with the show, she also runs a media consulting and production company called Sisi Ologe Entertainment. Sisi Ologe Ent. is an affiliate of Oge with Iretiola. It was established in order to build a project from the base to the top while ensuring its proper projection and reportage for maximum brand exposure and benefit.
As an entrepreneur, Doyle began an indigenous organic snail farm in 2017. Currently, she owns its entire production chain from farming all through to sales, with plans to become a leading supplier of 100% organic snails in Nigeria and abroad.
Ireti Doyle Net Worth
According to Film One Distribution, as of 2018, Doyle is one of the top-earning actresses. This is due to her role in Merrymen which has the second highest GBO of 2018.
Austinemedia.com named her one of the richest actresses with a net worth of $2 million.
Awards and Recognition
Ireti has been nominated for several awards some of which are;
- Best Actress ‘All About Ere’, Reel Awards, 1998
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role ‘Sitanda’, African Movie Academy Awards, 2007
- The Best Actress in a Supporting Role ‘Across the Niger’, African Magic Academy Awards, 2009
- Best Supporting Actress, African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, 2015
- Best Actress in a Leading Role ‘Fifty’, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2016
Apart from the nomination, she has also won the following awards;
- Best Actress in a Lead Role, GIAMA Awards, 2013
- Best Actress in a Lead Role ‘Torn’, Nollywood Movie Awards, 2014
- Actress of the Year ‘Dowry’, Late Ambassador Segun Olusola Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Awards, 2016
Ireti Doyle Quotes
“Never forget someone who has opened a door or created space for you… no, you don’t necessarily owe them your life or eventual success… but don’t forget: Gratitude is everything, and only creates more opportunity.”
“A broken life does not have to be your story. You can be free.”
“I can be a closed book sometimes, but know this – you have my heart.”
“For now, I’ll continue to keep my hedges high, paste on my smile and take my zen and joy wherever I find it.”
“When you stop to consider that old age is a privilege not granted to everyone, you will stop considering the term “old woman” an insult.”
“…I do strongly believe in Nigeria and that we have what it takes to be great (again) and take our place in the comity of nations.”
“You can correct, condemn, criticize, teach, be for or against anyone or anything without being vicious, or demeaning ourselves.”
“One day, we will recognise that a lot of our strength is in our diversity.”
“Until we recognise that our rights end where it begins to impinge on another’s and respect those boundaries, be it in personal space, speech or deed, we will not evolve as a society.”
“Character is like perfume… it precedes you…and lingers in the room long after you’re gone…make it sweet.”
“Then it doesn’t matter how much you earn, if you spend it all; all at once or over a period of time; eventually you will have nothing left.”
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Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life of Ireti Doyle
According to Ireti, she believes in starting small, growing gradually and expanding into new territories while learning along the way. She began her snail business with just two pens made out of concrete in her house, and today, she has her own outlet. Along the line, she got an acre of land in a community in Ogun State for expansion.
There is nothing bad in starting small. Every beautiful edifice you see today began with a foundation.
The right knowledge
While in business, she learnt that to own/run a successful business no matter the kind; you need to have a working knowledge of every aspect of it. So, she began to read and study while also looking out for consultants and firms that can help achieve her business dreams and aspirations.
Today, she is doing well not only in the entertainment industry but also thriving in her entrepreneurial journey.