Nollywood star, Foluke Daramola; Abula Something. Photo by Ayodele Efunla

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Award-winning Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola-Salako on Sunday officially launched her new restaurant and bar, called Abula Something which she described as “a new phase” in her life.

The filmmaker in a chat with P.M News said she set up the business at a grass rooted environment to offer mostly middle-class premium services.

“The truth of the matter is, what we want to offer is quality and affordable products, our food is gonna be top-notch, good taste and will affordable for everybody,” she said.

Speaking about maintaining the business, she said; It is just for you to be professional and humanitarian at the same time. You should be able to know when to draw the line, you are making a profit and also filling a gap, the gap of been able to reach certain people.

“My goal is to make money but not that I will be making a hell kind of money, some people will see this place very beautiful and feel they cannot afford it, that’s why I wrote as low as N300 outside.”

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Responding to question on tax management, she said; “the truth of the matter is that the tax comes with the environment and other things in place, now the environment I’m targeting now, the tax will not be as much as tax in Lekki because of what I’m starting with.

“So basically, for me is to know that I have to meet up with tax-paying, and at the end of the day, my tax will not be as high as that of Lekki or anywhere premium. So, all that have been put into considerations before starting up this place,” she added.

Foluke Daramola launches restaurant and bar, Abula Something. Photo by Ayodele Efunla

The actress who is also the founder of Passion Against Rape And Abuse In Africa Foundation, PARAAFRICA, which also celebrates Nollywood veteran actors gave updates about the foundation’s activities which have been put on hold in order to set up her business.

According to the humanitarian, it is when you have your business in a place that you can stretch out a helping hand.

“I have to set my business up first because at the end of the day if you are not made, you cannot help others. It is when you have your business in place that you can stretch out a hand.

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“I have few cases I am handling now but I told them they should allow me to set this place up, then we continue from where we stop. Hopefully, we might have our event this November again, it is a 50/50 chance because the COVID-19 has spoilt a lot of things. Even if we don’t have the event, we still have a lot we want to do for our veterans.”

She also disclosed that her fans should be expecting her new project latest, early 2021.

“Part of what Foluke Daramola Abula Spot is meant for, production is part of it. I am a filmmaker, that can never be overemphasis, so because I’m a filmmaker, it’s just for me to prioritize my time and have things to be done at a point time and I also have a manager who manages my time for me as well.”

“All things been equal, a new movie will be out in December or January,” she said.

Foluke Daramola launches restaurant and bar, Abula Something. Photo by Ayodele Efunla

The Abula grand opening which held at Ayinla Bus/Stop, off Agbado Road, Iju Ishaga axis, Lagos was graced by friends and colleagues from the Nigerian movie industry.

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Abula is a soup of Yoruba people from Western Nigeria. It’s a mixture of Gbegiri (Bean soup), Ewedu (draw vegetable soup), and obe ata (stew).

It is typically eaten together with Amala but can be eaten with other swallow foods.

However, Foluke Daramola’s fans and colleagues are expecting a good African kitchen from the gorgeous actress.

Foluke Daramola launches restaurant and bar, Abula Something. Photo by Ayodele Efunla

The actress made her acting debut in a Tv series titled, “Palace” in 1998 and has gone on to feature in many movies too numerous to mention.

She was nominated for Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2013.

Daramola is happily married to Mr Olukayode Salako.