Nollywood Actors Baba Wande: It is God’s elegance working for me •Jimoh Aliu: I despite everything activity and encourage move steps •Kola Oyewo: I began when there was no film, no video, no film •Tony Akposheri: I ensure I’m unique, so I stick out.
In the course of recent years, the Nigerian film industry has lost a few of its veterans who were all on their games during their time. Truth be told, as per a portion of the contemporary star on-screen characters and on-screen characters, these veterans were the ones who yielded and made ready for the blasting Nigerian film industry, which is currently unarguably one of the main film businesses on the planet today.
Besides, as indicated by veteran on-screen character and legislative head of the Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) in Oyo State, Rose Odika, who talked with Saturday Tribune, there is a need to praise these veterans when they are as yet alive. In 2020 alone, the Nollywood has lost around 10 of its veterans.
In this report, Saturday Tribune recorded Nigerian film veterans who are maturing nimbly. They are entertainers and on-screen characters who have been making our screens for quite a while, who have satisfied their obligations and have now become protective and nurturing figures for the current day Nollywood stars.
Kareem Adepoju (Baba Wande, 75 years)
Conceived April 22, 1945, Nigerian film on-screen character, essayist and maker, Alhaji Kareem Adepoju prominently known as ‘Baba Wande’ shot to spotlight in 1993 after he featured as ‘Oloye Otun’ in the film, ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’, which was created by him. Baba Wande who praised his 52nd year in front of an audience in 2015, began acting in 1963 with the Oyin Adejobi theater gathering.
The on-screen character Saturday Tribune that he had the option to construct his image ‘Baba Wande’ throughout the years by being quiet and placated. He additionally said that it was not by his strength and he trusts it was God’s effortlessness that worked for him to stay pertinent. He asked the current day stars to consistently be tolerant and keep away from superfluous rivalry among themselves.
He is cheerfully hitched to his two spouses and has numerous kids.
Tony Akposheri (62 years)
Conceived in mid 1958, Anthony Akposheri, a Urohbo from Delta State, is a long-standing veteran entertainer, film maker and an executive, who has become a commonly recognized name in the Nigerian film industry. He started acting with stage plays in 1976 at the National Museum, Onikan after the dramatization school. He from there on joined the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) where he highlighted in ‘Disguise’, a TV arrangement that in the end shot him to spotlight. He has from that point forward included and delivered a few films and has gotten a few honors and praises both in and outside the nation.
In a talk with Saturday Tribune the honor winning veteran clarified that the mystery of remaining applicable and keeping his image is by and large genuine, unassuming and imaginative. “I ensure I am not quite the same as others, so I stick out. I don’t quit learning, I move with the time and what is in vougue and I utilize the great history of years back to address the ills of today in the business and life. On the other hand I take life straightforward tolerating whatever position I get myself. While on set or elsewhere I carry myself to the degree of others, regardless of whether you are a P.A or assuming an additional job, in light of the fact that a tree doesn’t make a woodland. I do realize very well that nothing is perpetual in this life aside from changes. At that point above all else I have the dread of God in me. I am that sort of man who accepts so well in the mantra ‘do to others as you need them to do unto you’,” he said.
Kola Oyewo (74 years)
Conceived on the 26th of March, 1946, Kola Oyewo is a Nigerian veteran entertainer, screenwriter and researcher and was conceived at Oba Ile, a town in Osun State. He went to Obafemi Awolowo University where he got an authentication in emotional expressions, a declaration in Yoruba oral writing before he later got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from a similar college in 1995. He continued to the University of Ibadan where he got a Masters of Arts (M.A) and doctoracte qualification in dramatization. He was noticeable for the job he played as ‘Odewale’ in ‘The divine beings are not to be accused’, a dramatization by Ola Rotimi.
Talking with Saturday Tribune on how he began and figured out how to stay applicable throughout the years, he stated: “I began when there was no film, no video and film. Begun with the Oyin Adejobi theater gathering, where we performed in front of an audience and later performed on the TV. At the point when the optical film went ahead board, I began participating, when the monetary circumstance of the nation didn’t allow that brand of film any more, everyone moved to video and I went along with them. I have not been doing this full time any more extended as I currently address in the college and furthermore go to areas to participate in motion pictures simultaneously.”
Talking further, Oyewo said he had the option to keep up his image since he was acutely intrigued and had the enthusiasm for what he was doing. He said it was anything but a matter of being compelled to do it yet he was intrigued and was doing it wholeheartedly, and he professed to adore being among his associates more often than not at film areas.
He prompted current celebrities to procure more information first, not pursuing cash and furthermore encouraged to remain humble and that just by modesty would they be able to remain significant.
Jimoh Aliu (85 years)
Noticeable and known far and wide for his blockbuster film, ‘Arelu’, veteran Nollywood on-screen character, Jimoh Aliu is no uncertainty one of the most established Nollywood veterans maturing effortlessly. During the festival of his 85th birthday celebration in 2019, Jimoh Aliu disclosed to Saturday Tribune that he didn’t have a clue what he has done to merit the kind of wellbeing and prosperity he has from God. “I should state it is God, regardless of whether you use ‘medication’ or anything, one day you will pass on. I can’t envision it myself that I am this old, since I despite everything exercise and in the event that you watch me while I train my students during move exercises, you will be astounded,” he clarified.
Jimoh Aliu a higly regarded old style Theater Arts specialist with an enthusiastic enthusiasm for the life of the network and its social legacy, just as reporter on Nigerian culture abroad, he shapes an extension between the old and the new Nigeria film industry. He is a multi-skilled entertainer. On-screen character, scriptwriter, maker, chief, artist, artist, make-up craftsman and area originator. He started his film profession in 1959, when Akin Ogungbe, a Nigerian veteran around then visited his old neighborhood, Okemesi-Ekiti. He got renowned for his hit TV creations, ‘Arelu’ and Yanpon Yanrin’ which additionally bore acclaimed characters like Fadeyi Oloro and Orisabunmi.
Lere Paimo (80 years)
Famously known as Eda Onileola or just Baba Eda, is a Nigerian on-screen character, producer and film maker. He started acting in 1960 with Oyin Adejobi theater gathering. He later joined Duro Ladipo theater bunch under which he ventured to the far corners of the planet introducing a few phase plays and winning numerous trees. Baba Eda was conceived on September 19, 1939. He was respected with national honor MFR by the organization of President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is at present maturing nimbly in his retirement in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State.
Pete Edochie (73 years)
One of the most adored entertainers in the Nigerian film industry; Pete was conceived March 1947 in Enugu, yet initially from Anambra State and he is the dad of well known Nollywood on-screen character Yul Edochie. He was conspicuous as Okonkwo, the job he played in the film Things Fall Apart, an adjustment of Chinua Achebe’s book of a similar title. He has been in the image from the commencement of Nollywood. Edochie has included in more than 100 films and he is prestigious for playing regal, rich and the dad jobs. He is likewise famous for his utilization of Igbo axioms in motion pictures. He began in life as a lesser program collaborator at ABS in 1967. He rose to the degree of appointee overseeing chief before stopping broadcasting for film. He as of late included in Genevive’s Award winning film ‘Lionheart’.
Idowu Philips (Iya Rainbow, 77 years)
Iya Rainbow as she is affectionately called was conceived on October sixteenth 1942; she is presently 77 years old. She joined the venue bunch began by her late spouse Ayanfemi Phillips, Osumare (Rainbow) theater gathering. She lost her significant other in 1984 in the wake of being hitched uniquely for a long time. She was an enrolled nurture and worked with General Hospitals which she joined with acting until 1986 when she took up acting completely. She has included in numerous motion pictures and still runs a few TV ads for a lot of brands.
Olu Jacobs (77 years)
Different honor winning veteran entertainer, Olu Jacobs was brought into the world 11 July 1942 in Abeokuta. He is an expert entertainer prepared at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. He has featured in a few British TV programs and arrangement and universal movies. He later resigned home where he had highlighted in more than 200 motion pictures. He is joyfully hitched to entertainer Joke Silva.
Jide Kosoko (66 years)
Jide Kosoko is one of Nigeria’s veteran entertainers who began acting at a youthful age, as he started his acting vocation as a youngster on-screen character in 1964 out of a TV creation ‘Makanjuola’. He has highlighted in a few Nollywood motion pictures of both English and Yoruba dialects. The youthful Kosoko experienced childhood in Ebute Metta and was motivated by the achievement of Hubert Ogunde to go into acting. Kosoko proceeded with going about as he performed with the Awada Kerikeri bunch comprising of Sunday Omobolanle (Aluwe), Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero) and Oga Bello and in 1972, he shaped his own theater troupe.
He has composed and created his own movies and stage plays including Ogun Ahoyaya. Kosoko got obvious during the video film period, creating his own film, Asiri Nla in 1992, featuring in Asewo to re Mecca and Tunde Kelani’s Ti Oluwa Nile (Part 2). He as of late highlighted in famous Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys and a few othe