How The Nollywood Trailblazer Balances Her Role As A Mother, Fitness Enthusiast And Biochemist


Somkele Iyamah is one of the fastest rising Nollywood actress, a mother of one, a certified Biochemist and an AMVCA 2017’s Trailblazer award recipient.

In an interview with Genevieve Magazine, where she was featured as the Fitness Inspiration for their latest issue as part of their “Bodyfidence” series, Somkele Iyamah talks about staying healthy and fit, how she deals with insecurities, balancing a workout routine with parenting and more.

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Haven featured in all-hit movies including ‘Gidi Up,’ ’93-Days,’ ‘The Arbitration,’ the Delta state Indegene was listed among the most inspiring women in Nigeria and also BuzzNigeria’s top 10 entertainers to watch out for in 2017.

Her popular resounding slap to Beverly Naya at the 2016 Best Cinema grossing movie ‘The Wedding Party’ remains one of her best scenes in her movie collections.

Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama And Chika Okpala [Zebrudaya]

Both AMVCA Award Winners receive car gift!

Read excerpts from the Interview below:

On what inspired her to focus on becoming healthier and fitter:

I was a ver active child growing up so I got used to the adrenaline and sore muscles. I was a soccer fan and player to my core, so were my father and brother so I had their support as a child.

I went fully back on board when I went through a break-up and wanted to occupy my time with school and everything else I enjoyed so I wouldn’t have time to relapse.

On how she finds time to incorporate a full body workout into her busy schedule:

A routine! I work best with a routine. I am an early person so I get my workouts done in the mornings before dawn. When I have some time to spare, I do longer focused sessions but other times, 15-minute bursts of intensity can do justice. There are so many options out there that are safe and time conscious.

Also, the physical demand of a job like mine is a workout in itself so I try to listen to my body. Stress and dehydration are things I deal with a lot of the time and I find it helps to carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go. I try, to be honest with myself and do what I can to see the results I want.

On how her routine changed after she gave birth:

I have an interval timer app with different settings depending on how much time I have to spare. My go-to routine is five intense exercises for 30 seconds each, with a 10-seconds rest, repeated five times.


The first set of five would be cardio-inclined with the subsequent exercises being body weight core building and strengthening styles.

I do yoga twice a week. On a weekday it is about 30-40 minutes long, while on Sunday it is an hour. This was my routine before birth and still is.

On how women can be Inspired, reminded and encouraged to love themselves and their bodies:

What would you like to hear about yourself from others? Tell that to yourself and keep moving. Your will eventually become your words. Affirmations are powerful.

On workout tips for new mum:

Pace yourself. Always put your child’s health first. The quality of what you eat is important. Tailor your diet to suit you and your baby if you are breastfeeding. Get cleared by a doctor to commence working out.

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Start with cardio to lose excess water weight, build upon your strength and core as you go. Any pain, please stop and seek medical advice. Love your new body along the way.

More on Genevieve Magazine [March 2017 Issue.]

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