Personal Details

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Hails from
Ibadan North, Oyo State
Iya Ibadan


Rukayat Soliu Lawal popularly known as "Iya Ibadan Sneh" was born and bred in Ibadan the capital city of Oyo State. She is an esteemed Yoruba actress, writer, and producer.

Rukayat Soliu Lawal (Iya Ibadan) Education

She started her elementary education at the Ebenezer Nursery and Primary, later switch to the Army Children School, Iwo road, Ibadan where she completed her First Leaving School Certificate.

She had her high school education at the Holy Trinity Grammar School, Old Ife Road, Ibadan, and completed her Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Rukayat Soliu Lawal (Iya Ibadan) Career

She started her acting career at an early age while still in primary when she joined the late Segun Ojo theatre group and remained with the group till the end of primary education.

During her high school education, she joined the school's cultural group and performed several stage plays. She was opportune to join the Adetunji Ibrahim Jawara theatre group when the group visited her high school for a stage performance. While with the group, she met with the likes of prominent Yoruba actor and producer Akinyemi Ganiyu Olaiya and renowned actor, writer, and director Muyiwa Ademola. She stayed with the group for some year after high school and did a lot of stage performances, worthy of note was the group's regular performances at the Angle Ninety Hotel, Iwo road, Ibadan.

She later joined the theatre group led by the veteran actor, writer, and director Rasaq Olayiwola "Ojopagogo". She shot to limelight while with this group, particularly when she featured as "Ade" in the Yoruba drama movie titled: "Afasegbejo", written and directed by Rasaq Olayiwola "Ojopagogo" and produced by Kunle Oketade. The movie featured the like of Moji Afolayan, Kunle Adetokunbo (Dejo Tunfulu), and Kola Oyewo.

She started her comic role when she co-starred with Kunle Adetokunbo (Dejo Tunfulu) in the Yoruba movie titled: "Iyonu Olorun" by Muyiwa Ademola.