Renowned veteran Nollywood actress, Taiwo Ayayi Lycett, who has contributed immensely to the growth of the industry had a two in one event yesterday. The event was the celebration of her 75th birthday and a book launch entitled ‘Just Sharing’. The event was graced by personalities from different works of life and different generation. To mention a few, the likes of Wale Ojo, Tunde Kilani, Ireti Doyle and some of the Tinsel’s crew where present. The event was quite colorful with entertaining segments scheduled to trill the audience. Few personalities took to the stage to give a tip of the iceberg of the content from her book. The excerpts read were quite inspiring and educative as people couldn’t stop applauding while it came to an end.
Speaking to people from her generation, they described her as a woman of excellence, someone courageous and a woman of great virtues. About the message the book was passing to both generations, it was said to be humbleness, care, love and support.
Younger generations described her as a mother and an exceptional woman with a radiant personality. Speaking with the celebrant of the day, she was so full of life with a tip of her personality.
How do you feel being celebrated today at 75?
I am so happy seeing a lot of people around just to celebrate me, I am so honored. At 75 I’m just getting started. I am not afraid of getting old; one has to discharge all the assignment given to us in this world. It’s not over till it’s over.
What was the inspiration behind the book?
The ups and downs have been through and the nature of things I see on a daily basis.
What is your advice to the young generations?
There is nothing impossible, only if you can set your mind to it. To whom much is given, much is expected. I don’t believe it’s God that direct people because no one has seen God. People help people to know they are on the right path but people don’t make people. To young ladies, you don’t have to wait for a man, you can achieve all your dreams if you set your mind on it, don’t acquire things you can’t afford, manage your resources, in due time your hard work would pay off.
How do you relax?
By listening to music, you are serene and it’s quite relaxing.
If you are to wish for something, what would that be?
To have the opportunity of reaching out to lives the more. It’s quite refreshing to know the younger generations can learn one or two things from me, imparting in lives gives me joy.
What’s the secret to your young looks?
Happiness, exercises and plenty of water.