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Why I Chose Acting Over Sports, Dele Odule Reveals



Dele Odule

Veteran Nollywood actor, Dele Odule, in this interview with EBENEZER BAJELA talks about his passion for table tennis, his love for the Super Eagles and more

How do you relax when you are not on set acting?

I am a table tennis player and I play a little bit of it even though I am not a professional player but I know the game and when people see me play they know that I am good at it. I am not a football fan at all but that is not to say that I do not know what football is all about because I went to a teacher’s college and before graduating, Physical and Health Education was a compulsory subject, so I have a knowledge of football and other sports but the one I play effectively is table tennis.

Apart from table tennis, what other sport do you love?


I played volleyball for Ogun State. Volleyball was a game I played when I was in the teacher’s college and I played till the state level and I represented Ogun State in the early 80s. That is the only sport I will say I effectively took part in when I was much younger but occasionally I still play table tennis.

A lot of our readers will recall seeing you in the movie ‘Ti Oluwa N’ile’ where you displayed your table tennis skills as a king. Why didn’t you make a career out of it?

I couldn’t do the two at the same time. I have chosen theatre and I think I am comfortable with that. I started acting even before I went to the teacher’s training college. Immediately after my modern school I started acting and it was because I love to be well-read that I went to the teacher’s training college as an alternative to the secondary school that I should have gone to, It was when I got to the college that I developed all the likeness for sports because it was compulsory that you get yourself involved in PHE.

Did you ever put in for any competition and won medal?

I never put in for any competition because it was all just for fun for me.


Who will you rate as the best table tennis player this country has ever produced?

For me, I think I will say Waheed Ekun, he is very old now and there is also another player with the name Musa from Benue but I can’t remember his other name. For the female, I will go for Kehinde Okenla from Ogun State. Aruna Quadri is another great player who has been making the country proud. I may not know much about the young generation but I know a lot about Aruna Quadri and it is my love for table tennis that made me still know about him.

How did your love for table tennis start?

You know as a child we put benches together to play table tennis and because it was more fun, that was how I developed an interest, I later had the opportunity to play on a better surface and that was how I got better at that game. It is until recently that I don’t have table tennis kits at home anymore. I have always had the table and the kits but it looks like theatre has taken the better part of my time and I don’t have time for it but when I visit friends or go to places where I see table tennis I still joined to play.

You said you are not a big fan of football, does that means you don’t watch the Super Eagles when they play?


It is like asking me if I am interested when Yoruba culture is on display, I do watch the Super Eagles whenever they play because I am always interested in them even though I may not be able to stay abreast of their activities but the moment I learned they are playing I try to watch them. I am passionately in love with my country, passionately in love with my state and my town. I love Nigeria more than any other country and that is why I will not leave Nigeria for any other country. I pray that I don’t have any reason to relocate to another country and I will never do that.

The Eagles were once rated among the best football nation in the world but the last FIFA rankings saw us drop to 40th. How does this make you feel?

I think the problem with this is that we rely too much on overseas-based players and the bitter truth is that they will not put in their best. I am confident that the home-based players will put in more effort because they want to protect their country. During the era of Mudashiru Lawal, Segun Odegbami, they were in Nigeria and not overseas-based players and the passion was there because they wanted to make their country proud. When you travel abroad to go and beg a player to play for the country, there is a limit to what he will deliver unlike those born and raised here.

I can use myself as a case study when we wanted to shoot ‘Ti Oluwa N’ile’ some 30 years ago, they said they needed a young king that will deliver effective and I told them I was the right man for the job because they also wanted to bring someone in for the same role. If we can reduce the over-reliant on oversea-based players and get a good technical person I believe we will get our football back on track.

Nigeria seems to still be relying on the old hands in major tournaments, what do you think should be done to nurture talents?


My candid opinion is that sports should be put in the school curriculum and it has to be enforced. I equally laugh at some people when they say we are depending on old people to get things done but we shouldn’t forget that the old ones started when they were young. This new generation is an era where babies are parenting babies and a generation when the younger ones are not ready to do anything. Muammadu Buhari was 22 years when he became a platoon commander and to date, he is still there because those that should take over are not ready and doing fraud. That is the same problem with our sports and that is why it has to be introduced into the school curriculum and should be enforced. That is the only way we can discover talent.

When I was in a teacher’s training college, there was something we called intercollegiate and it was a yearly event in the country and that was how some top athletes were discovered but today I doubt if there are any competitions within the secondary schools. All these activities need to be reintroduced and students must take part in one sport to enable them to collect their certificate.

Your friend and colleague Jide Kosoko said he once played street football with Haruna Ilerika but no longer goes near the football and you are saying you hardly play table tennis…

(cuts in) Old age has a way of depriving you of doing sports and that is why it is almost impossible when you get to a certain stage in life. Even our own profession is an exercise on its own. Right now I am driving to a location and changing of costumes can be demanding because you keep bending down and standing up. Sports and acting have a lot in common.

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Actress Iyabo Ojo Shares Update as Deadline for Conclusion of Mohbad’s Autopsy Nears



Nollywood actress Iyabo Ojo has reminded Nigerians of the two-week deadline set by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, for the release of autopsy results and the ongoing investigation into the death of singer Ileriouluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad.

Iyabo Ojo, who has been actively involved in the case, issued the reminder on her social media page on Monday.

“2 weeks ends on Wednesday, and we are waiting on the CP to address us on the latest development in respect of Mohbad’s case…. as promised,” she wrote.

“I have a lot of questions to ask, but I want to wait until Wednesday.”


During her visit to the Commissioner of Police on September 20th, Ojo made public statements implicating Naira Marley and Sam Larry in Mohbad’s death, suggesting the existence of video evidence to support their alleged involvement.

The police subsequently requested a two-week period to conduct a thorough investigation and to provide autopsy results.

Ojo has expressed her eagerness to hear from the Commissioner of Police regarding the latest developments in the probe, in line with the promised timeline.

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Why ‘The Black Book’ Is a Cut Above Other Nollywood Films



In ‘The Black Book’ (2023) – After his son is framed for a kidnapping, a bereaved deacon takes justice into his own hands and fights a corrupt police gang to absolve him.

The Nigerian film industry continues to make significant strides, especially on a global scale through platforms like Netflix.

The most recent addition to this impressive lineup is “The Black Book,” a two-hour crime action film.

At its core, the movie delves into the timeless theme of the powerful suppressing the powerless, which triggers a transformation in the protagonist.


“The Black Book,” directed by Editi Effiong, stands as a testament to the extraordinary journeys that some projects undertake in the world of filmmaking.

The film had a budget of $1 million USD and it took nearly four years to produce.

“The Black Book” effectively engenders empathy for its lead character, leaving viewers eager to witness his evolution as the story unfolds.

Although the storyline may follow a somewhat familiar path, its impact is heightened by the skilled execution of the filmmakers.

“The Black Book” features a dynamic screenplay infused with a somber atmosphere of significant events.
Richard Eyimofe Evans Mofe-Damijo as Paul Edima in The Black Book – Netflix © 2023


The pacing is finely tuned to the demands of an action-adventure, ensuring that monotony never sets in.

While there are some minor technical imperfections, such as transitional flickers and minor inconsistencies in shot continuity, they are subtle.

The Nigerian movie industry consistently raises the bar with each new endeavor.

Recent offerings like “The King of the Boys,” “Dark October,” and “Shanty Town” (which was a bit too brutally executed, though watchable) showcase the industry’s commitment to pushing the envelope.

Overall, Nollywood continues to consistently set a high standard for filmmaking in Africa, surpassing many other countries on the continent.


South Africa also stands out as a notable player in the film industry.

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Tupac Shakur murder arrest: Who is Duane “Keffe D” Davis?



After 27 years, a significant breakthrough has emerged in the infamous murder case of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.

The alleged orchestrator of the drive-by shooting that claimed Shakur’s life, 60-year-old Crip gang leader Duane “Keffe D” Davis, has been indicted by a grand jury.

“For a long time, this community and worldwide have been wanting justice for Tupac,” said Clark County Nevada District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

A breakthrough in the case came from Davis himself. Authorities say Davis started publicly boasting on social media and major platforms like Vlad TV about his role in the murder and even wrote a book, “Compton Street Legend.”
Full interview: Former LAPD detective talks Tupac murder arrest


Greg Kading, a retired LAPD homicide detective who served on the task force investigating Tupac Shakur’s murder, says he’s “thrilled” by the recent arrest connected to the case. Here’s the full interview with FOX 5 NY’s Lisa Evers.

“He seemed to think he had some type of immunity but that was not the case, so he essentially talked himself right into jail. I think Las Vegas Police Department was just allowing him to go out there and essentially hang himself with all of these confessions,” says retired LAPD detective Greg Kading.

According to prosecutors, Davis is alleged to have purchased the firearm used by his now-deceased nephew Orlando Anderson, who is believed to have pulled the trigger.

Kading told FOX 5 NY that Davis’ self-incriminating statements, often referred to as “self-snitching,” provided the impetus needed to move forward with the case.

Kading explained, “The only thing that makes sense to me is that they were allowing him to continue, just giving him more rope to hang himself with until it got to the point where they knew they could secure a prosecution.”
ery gone wrong for Shakur; it was a betrayal. Biggie and Tupac had once been close friends. FOX 5 NY’s Dan Bowens has the story.


Tupac Shakur’s legacy as a hip-hop icon has remained unassailable, but the mystery surrounding his untimely demise at the age of 25 has bothered his devoted fan base for years.

“Some people are just straight up celebrating. They’re happy for closure, they’re happy to feel like they feel. Others are frustrated because it’s like tearing a scab off a wound. Others are looking at the suspect Keffe D like, ‘You’re an idiot,’” said Chuck Creekmur, CEO of

Davis will be brought before a judge on Wednesday to be arraigned on the charge of murder with a deadly weapon. The grand jury also added a sentencing enhancement of 20 years for gang activity.

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