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Meet Nigeria Nollywood Grand Actors
2009-07-09    
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They are the pacesetters in the Nollywood industry. Their presence in the film making industry has been felt and always appreciated by lovers of homevideos and soaps.
These are actors who have spent many years in the make-believe industry have survived the good, bad and ugly sides of Nollywood. And because of their wealth of experience and influence in the industry, the younger artistes and even the aspiring ones look up to them, not only artistically, but because their names open doors to several opportunities in the corridors of power.

They stand as pillars of the Nigerian movie industry known as Nollywood. Meet Nollywood grand actors.

Olu Jacobs: He commands so much respect, not only in Nollywood, but in Nigeria as a whole. Uncle Olu, as many prefer to call him, has, for many years, been a source of inspiration to the younger actors and adored by his peers. He is a though-breed professional that has been able to prove his worth in the international movie industry. He is married to one of the best actresses in Nigeria, Joke Silva.

Olu Jacobs, who has lost count of the movies that he has featured in, has stood the test of time in Nollywood and possesses the qualities of a godfather.

Pete Edochie: Based in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Pete Edochie remains one of the most popular actors in Nigeria. His vast experience and knowledge about the Igbo culture has earned him more Igwe or Chiefly roles in movies. Although, people say he is stereotyped, Pete has repeatedly debunked such allegations claiming that as an actor, his professional responsibility is to interpret whatever script is given to him.

He is a godfather, particularly among the Igbo-speaking filmmakers.

Justus Esiri: He can be described as a bundle of talent with a unique way of interpreting roles. He had on several occasions served as a counsellor or adviser to less experienced filmmakers and actors. He is one of the few that are often contacted when issues affecting the development of Nollywood are to be addressed.

Lere Paimo a.k.a Eda Onile Ola: he is a Yoruba actor with vast experience. Like Pete Edochie in
the English/Igbo sector, Lere Paimo also seems to have been stereotyped, but that has not in anyway hindered the Ibadan based actor from displaying his talent and ability to inteprete roles.

Peter Fatomilola: He is an Ifa scholar of repute and has made use of his knowledge to become a celebrated movie star. However, his vast knowledge about Ifa may be the reason why he mostly plays the role of an Ifa Priest in movies.

Eddie Ugbomah: Ugbomah, who celebrated his 40 years on stage recently, is a down to earth person. He is proactive and innovative. As far back as the 70s Ugbomah had shot movies in celluloid, setting a pace for the modern Nollywood. His intelligence has earned him the responsibility of playing the role of an adviser in virtually all the guilds in the English sector of Nollywood.

Adebayo Faleti: He has proved his mettle as a fantastic script interpreter over the years. This ageing actor for sometime now has been playing an advisory role in the affairs of the Association of Nigeria Theatre-Arts Practitioners (ANTP), an umbrella body of all Yoruba thespians in the country.

Faleti is one actor that has distinguished himself with the unique style of delivering his lines. Watching this icon act, one will be convinced that he has experience. He fits in perfectly in movies that tend to promote more of Yoruba culture.

Kola Oyewo: Apart from being an actor of international repute, Kola Oyewo has contributed tremendously to the growth of Theatre-Arts in Nigeria as a Lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
Oyewo is an actor that has no limits. He can conveniently feature in both Yoruba and English movies, but as a man who loves impacting more on people in his immediate constituency, he prefers Yoruba movies, particularly those that concentrate more on culture.

Sola Fosudo: Sola Fosudo is one of those that started what we today know as Nollywood. Before home videos and movies eventually became the order of the day, he had been one of the veterans doing stage performances.
Fosudo, who is a senior lecturer at the Department of Theatre-Arts, Lagos State University and currently the Academic Director of LASU Part-time studies in Lekki.

Prince Jide Kosoko: He is currently the National President of the Association of Nigerian Theatre-Art Practitioners (ANTP). Although he is still very relevant as an actor, he is more involved in the politics of ANTP lately.
Kosoko, one of the early actors in Nigeria, is married to an actress, Henrietta.

Adebayo Salami: Otherwise known as Oga Bello, this chubby actor has also contributed his quota to lift the make-believe industry up and has lost count of his movies.



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Anthony Itedjere Turkinson wrote:
I salute this honorary piece on the veterance of the Nigerian perfoming arts, although, there are a few I feel that were omitted, never theless, these few mentioned surly deserve their names written in gold in the history room of our movie industry, the Nigerian government has not deemed it fit to make the Nigerian movie industry as part of our tourism and rebranding industry by creating an atmostphere for Nollywood to be recognised globally, I have been out of Nigeria for a while and see that over here in Asia, other African countries have come to love Nigerian home videos more than their local movie, I have come across some Africans who are desperate to learn the Nigerian pidgin English because of the movies they have seen, I think a similar piece should be done on our music industry because believe it or not, in Malaysia, Singapore, China, hong kong, most international clubs there play Nigerian music, I have been to some clubs where I was supprised to see people from all over the world dancing to Nigerian music, it was an amazing expirience for me and it made me realise that I come from a great Nation, as Basketmouth rightly puts it, Nigerian is the greatest Nation in Africa, our only problem is bad government......
 
 
 
 
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