- Shagamu, Ogun State, Nigeria
- Hails from
- Shagamu, Ogun State
Temitope Solaja with nickname Aruga or "Star Girl" is an award-winning Nollywood actress, writer, producer, and entrepreneur. She was born and breed in Shagamu, Ogun State, her parents are also from Shagamu. She is the firstborn of her parents but brought up by her mother because her parents parted ways due to a divorce. She is a Christian, although she was brought by Muslim parents.
Temitope Solaja (Aruga) Education
Temitope Solaja attended the Ohani Nursery and Primary School in Shagamu, Ogun State. Where she obtained her First Leaving School Certificate.
Aruga (Star Girl) obtained her Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) from the Ikene Community High School (ICHS), Ikene Remo, Ogun State.
In 2007, she gained admission into the Tai Solarin University of Education to study Mass Communication.
Temitope Solaja (Aruga) Career
Temitope Solaja's acting career started in 2007 when she auditioned to be an acting extra (among the witches extras) in the movie titled: "Bamitale" by Afeez Eniola aka "Onile Ere". He was shooting part of the movie in the Tai Solarin University premise, he requested for interested would-be extras and Aruga was shortlisted by her friend Mr. Ejalonibu who was his friend. She was successful during the audition which had Adebayo Tijani and Afeez Eniola as the panelists.
Propelled by her first experience in a movie, she picked up the enrollment form and joined the Afeez Eniola group a few weeks later.
She continued to act while still in school, she had to shuttle between the school and movie locations mostly in Oyo state. This led to her having an extra year in her studies.
She has featured mostly in Yoruba movies, she featured only once in an English Nollywood movie: "The Antique" (2014) directed by Dj Tee, written and produced by Darasen Richards.
In 2015, Temitope Solaja wrote and produced her first movie titled: "Aruga", directed by renowned actor, writer, and director Antar Laniyan. She got her nickname from the movie title owning to the movie successes.
In 2017, she produced the movie titled: "Ashabi Akata" by directed by Ibrahim Yekini (Itele d'icon), written by Azeezat Shoronmu, and featuring lead stars like Bimbo Oshin, Niyi Johnson, and Jumoke George.
As an entrepreneur, Temitope Solaja owns an exquisite fashion outfit named: Star Girl Luxury Store that deals in original natural human hair and selected ladies wear.