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Baba Wande: Self-assured in his skillset!

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Baba Wande (Haji Karimu Adepoju), my keen observation in Yoruba Nollywood is an actor a producer only needs to text the address of a movie shoot to. Don’t call! Don’t bother with that inanity. And he’s too damn good to need a script. Just find a way for him to get to the set. He’s that self-assured in his skillset!

He embodies drama with his words just as he does with his usually, slight body interpretations. Whenever he smiles, the audience must follow suit. And when he deliver his flimsy, funny yet thought provoking lines, they must break out in laughter. He seldom wastes his emotion on the unnecessary and he hardly ever hogs his scenes.

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He is one Yoruba actor who consistently moves from one role to the other without leaving his assigned characters entirely lifeless. His characters are immortals! They are unforgettable! They stay on perpetually, like worn clothings on the hangers of our consciousness. We are able to revisit, dust them off and still reminisce with them from time to time.

I remember he was for long Kúyẹ̀ in the days of WNTV Ibadan. Kúyẹ̀, as the mute lead boy in the TV adaptation of Baba Adebayo Faleti’s eponymous, classic novel. Before then, he simply went by Lasebikan in the mid-week series “Kóòtù Ashipa.” Then he starred in another made for TV-movie titled “Èkùrọ́ Ọlọ́ja” as Ayelaagbe or Laagbe for short. He played a usurping villain in it. Then “Ile Tí A Fi Itọ́ Mọ.” In it he was Mr. Ọtọkiti, Baba Wande – an upward moving executive. He was that again for a while till the Nollywood boom of the nineties, when he became even more popular in “Ti Oluwa Ni Ile” as Oloye Ọtun. Without sounding like a broken record, a dramatist must strive harder at being both a character and a method actor. Baba Sala and mostly Nigerian comedians are examples of method actors. They live on the tube as one-dimensional characters all through their careers. Hard to ever imagine them in more challenging roles. It’s like conditioning a pig to a sedentary lifestyle. Haji Kareem Adepoju, is an essential actor with the versatility to bring any role to life without much ado. He plays a perfect hero just as much as does a tantalizing villian. One actor that makes villainy pretty much interesting, if only to prove a point that heroism- sometimes can be flat out boring!

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The late Oyin Adejobi, his old boss (his physical challenge asides), must have seen something qualitative in the man- early enough to have made him yield his deserving stardom to him. After all, he owned the marquee, the name recognition, and the damn Theatre group. Looking back at it now, that was magnanimous of the man!

Finally as for me and my household and as long as I see Haji Kareem Adepoju in the opening credits, I am definitely watching! And as long as I see Babatunde Omidina or Baba Suwe in the opening credits, whoever wanna watch may go ahead, but as for me and my spirit, I am taking my uninterested ass and spirit (even if I have to drag the stubborn fellow) – straight to bed!

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New Generation Actors Have Money, Older Ones Know The Craft – Nobert Young

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Nobert Young, is very clear about the divide in Nollywood — old Nollywood and the new Nollywood.

Explaining what it is and what it portends, Young opened up about the differences he saw between the older generation of actors, and the newer generation of actors.

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“The pioneers of any industry go through a lot. It’s like they’re discovering the wheel so to speak. You’re charting a path that you know very little about and you’re searching.

“So you go through a lot, but you learn in the process and that is what you pass on to your younger ones. Nollywood started by somebody who just took a risk to put what we know as television play, television drama into VHS tape and sell to the public.

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“And that’s how it started. And Nigerians basically embraced it, and gave it life really and a lot more people came into it. Some of us gave advice that was not taken, some of us gave advice that was taken, and we grew. The pay was very negligent then. We couldn’t survive on it alone as compared to today when actors are comfortable. Their throats are very wide now.

“What I would dare not ask for is what these children are asking for. Even till now, they’re very bold. And you see a lot of them did what we didn’t do. In our time we were not taught the management part of this business, but that’s where the money is.

“The management part, the administrative part of this business. That’s where the money is, we were not taught that. But these ones came with their face turned to the back. They’re looking at the money first before the arts. And then they make all the money, they have good packaging.

“We don’t have good packaging. For us, it was just the show, for them it’s the show business. I think that’s the basic difference. But I challenge them, they are not better than us, the old generation, in terms of the art. They’re not better. They have the money, but we have the art.”

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Mosun Filani blows hot, says she’s about to lose it

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Nollywood actress Mosun Filani Oduoye has hinted at causing havoc on social media.

The Yoruba actress, who always stays out of controversy, took to her Instagram page to vent out.

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Mosun Filani noted how she doesn’t look for trouble and is a peaceful person.

She added that she was about to loose her peace if the issue wasn’t addressed.

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“Everyone knows am a peaceful person and I don’t go looking for trouble…. But pls can English tell us why there is letter D in Fridge and there is no letter D in refrigerator….. bcos am about to loose my peace.

Our English Teachers/Lecturers come and defend ur career o…cos am about to cause trouble”.

Recall that Mosun Filani slammed those who didn’t support her when she was getting bodyshammed for being fat.

The actress who now claimed to be slim took to social media with claims that people were saying that they preferred her chubby look than her slimness now.

Mosun Filani wrote:

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“Flash back to this look. You all got used to my fat/chubby looks. Give it time, u will also get used to my trimmed looks again. You all didn’t use this same energy to always come to my defense “all those times I was being called fat and shapeless….. Now that I shocked u with my slim looks. Now you are quick to say we prefer ur chubby looks.
Chubby looks koor…. Orobo looks nii.
Awon alabosiaun gbogbo. You all are not ready walahi
If I hear pim…. Ijoba blocking”.

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Rita Dominic allegedly debunks reports she gave birth to twins

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic, has debunked reports that she welcomed a set of twins with her husband.

Reports made the rounds on Wednesday that the Nollywood star who tied the knot with her husband, Fidelis Anosike, a few months ago, welcomed a set of twins.

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Reacting to the report, many social media users trooped to the actress’ social media pages to express their immense joy and congratulate the couple.

However, in an apparent reaction, Rita Dominic took to her official Twitter handle to affirm that the claim was false.

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Taking to her Twitter handle on Wednesday night, she shared a GIF displaying a surprised look while reading through a publication with the headline, “FAKE NEWS.”

See her post below,

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