How I was arrested – Nollywood actress, Yetunde Wunmi opens up

7 years ago by: micheal leke
(m) at 3-06-2013 09:34AM (7 years ago)

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Nollywood actress, Taiwo Akinwande popularly known as Yetunde Wunmi has been a regular fixture in the Yoruba film industry for many years displaying exemplary acting talent and nurturing others until six years ago when news circulated that the pretty lady was nabbed with hard drugs.

In this interview with Sun Newspapers, Wunmi speaks about the drug incident, her jail sentence, her regrets and the future.

Read excerpts from the interview below:

In the ears of many a movie fan, the name, Taiwo Akinwande would hardly ring an immediate bell. But mention her stage name, Yetunde Wunmi, and a lot of faces would light-up instantly. In the Yoruba film industry, Yetunde Wunmi has earned a name for herself. For over three decades, the pretty actress enjoyed tremendous popularity. That was until about six years ago when she was nabbed with hard drugs at the airport on her way to Europe. She was convicted and sentenced to a two-year jail term which she has served.

Getting her side of the sad experience was very difficult. It was like engaging a two-year-old kindergarten pupil in a difficult mathematical question. In  this  interview, Wunmi confessed that the drug incident is her only regret in life.

“That was the bitter pill that would remain in my system for the rest of my life, and it’s my only regret in life,” she tells The Entertainer. Excerpts:

How I was arrested

It was on September 19, 2006. I was billed to travel to the United Kingdom. So I got to the airport early enough to catch my plane. But then, I was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency at the Murtala International Airport in Lagos. I was arrested on drug related offences. Initially, I thought I was in a dream, but it later turned out to be a reality. It was a sad experience for me to remember because that event almost cost me my life. I ended up serving a two-year-jail term. Really, I lost so many things to that incident. And it did a lot of damage to my image  as an actress and  even among my colleagues in the industry. It’s my only regret in life that I had to get involved in drugs. But I thank God that I came out of the mess after serving a two-year jail term. I also thank God that though the situation I found myself was that bad, the news of my drug offence wasn’t that of my obituary. Truly, I have learnt my lessons  the hard way.


winace (f) at 3-06-2013 09:50AM
(30118 | Addicted Hero)

Move on now ma . Its in d past now.