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Folake Olowofoyeku Shines In This Stunning New Photo Shoot

Dress by Retrofete. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

She's all heart! Bob ❤️ Abishola star Folake Olowofoyeku is both beautiful and inspirational.


Folake Olowofoyeku, the multi-talented star of the CBS hit sitcom Bob ❤️ Abishola, has a beauty that's more than skin deep. Born in Nigeria herself, she plays a Nigerian immigrant on the show, where she brings gravity and relatability in addition to a generous helping of comedy.

In this sleek photo shoot captured by photographer David Needleman, Folake gets playful and serious in outfits styled by Toye Adedipe. More than this fun fashion shoot, Folake Olowofoyeku's cover story and interview in the latest 15th anniversary issue of Watch takes a deep dive into her experience as an actress, an immigrant, and a Black woman in America.

Scroll to see all the gorgeous photographs, including bonus images!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

Bob ❤️ Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Candid Moment

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku with eyes closed wearing a white top

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku tells Watch that while the Bob ❤️ Abishola is a comedy, it's also something more to her, a chance to share the immigrant experince in America. "I don't feel a burden so much as a responsibility."

Playful In Purple

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku wearing a purple puff gown

Puff gown by BCALLA.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku is a musician as well as an actress, and she taught herself to play guitar when she first moved to NYC and began exploring the perfoming arts.

Stepping Up

Folake Olowofoyeku standing with her leg up looking sideways wearing a silver top and gold shorts

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co. Shorts by Ulla Johnson. Shoes by Vince Camuto.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The youngest daughter of 20 children, Folake Olowofoyeku knows how to make her own way. Indeed that's exactly what she did when she immigrated to New York City all by herself at age 18!

A Serious Side

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku wearing a silver top

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"I'm straddling so many experiences: the Black experience in America, the immigrant experience in America, the woman experience in America, the Nigerian experience in America." — Folake Olowofoyeku

Stature And Grace

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku looking into the camera

Dress by Fe Noel.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Olowofoyeku's feature film roles earned her a Best Actress award at the prestigious ReelHeART International Film Festival in Toronto, and a Best Actress in a Fashion Film award at the CinéFashion Film Awards.

Smile Bright

Folake Olowofoyeku smiling with eyes closed wearing a blue and orange dress

Dress by Fe Noel.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku's gorgeous gap-tooth grin proves that a show-stopping smile isn't about your pearly whites, it's all about genuine joy!

DISCOVER MORE: Check Out The New 15th Anniversary Issue Of Watch—Available Now!

Gratitude Attitude

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a floral dress by Fe Noel

Dress by Fe Noel. Shoes by Imagine by Vince Camuto.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Playing opposite Billy Gardell is a blessing for Folake Olowofoyeku , she tells Watch: "He's my role model. He's very kind. I go to him for advice, just about managing it all. And everyone tells me — how easy I have it working with Billy."

Keeping It Fun, And Real

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a siena and gold dress

Dress by Retrofete. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

"It was very important for me that Abishola not be a caricature. I wanted her to be real and relatable, not just to Nigerians but all immigrants, and, of course, Americans." — Folake Olowofoyeku

Rise Up

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a siena and gold dress

Dress by Retrofete. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

In Folake Olowofoyeku's in-dept Watch interview, the conversation takes a turn to the protests against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, where soldiers fired on peaceful demonstrators, and she shares a heartfelt lesson on the struggles of the Nigerian people (#EndSARS). Her political parents would be proud.

Power Performer

Black and white photo of Folake Olowofoyeku

Top by Rajo Laurel. Bracelet by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku's parents wanted her to follow their footsteps into politics and law, but she's found her own power in the performing arts.

Laid Back Lady

Folake Olowofoyeku laying sideways wearing a blue and white pattern outfit

Top and pants by Valentino. Shoes by Nine West.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The character Abishola on Bob ❤️ Abishola isn't a lot like Folake herself, and she admits that she plays her to be more rigid than the actress is in real life.

Her Musical Muse

Headshot of Folake Olowofoyeku with eyes closed wearing a white top

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku is a sultry singer, and in one upcoming episode of Bob ❤️ Abishola, she get the chance to sing a song of her own creation in the shower.

White Wedding

Folake Olowofoyeku lounging in a white top by Antonio Grimaldi

Top by Antonio Grimaldi. Earrings by Noa. Bracelets by Timelapse Co.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

The actress shares her hopes with Watch to take the show on the road in Nigeria, and mentions a Nigerian "white wedding" episode that she pitched and put "out in the universe."

Walking On Purple Cloud Nine

Folake Olowofoyeku modeling a Puff gown by BCALLA

Puff gown by BCALLA.

Photography by David Needleman. Styled by Toye Adedipe.

Folake Olowofoyeku feels fortunate for the turns her life has taken, and the strong-willed actress has worked hard for the success she enjoys.

READ: Discover More From 15th Anniversary Issue Of Watch—Available Now!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, January-February 2021.

Bob ❤️ Abishola airs Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

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