Why Lateef Adedimeji will be the biggest Yoruba movie star after Femi Adebayo and Odunlade Adekola
For a keen observer of developments in the Yoruba movie section of Nollywood, it should be known that there is a certain way star actors come on the scene, reign for their God appointed period of time, and then step aside for another star to take the centre stage. Yes, that has been the norm for years and it still continues.
For instance, time was when Saheed Balogun was on the centre stage and it seemed no one else could surpass him, but it happened. And same applied to others like Babatunde Omidina better known as Baba Suwe, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Funsho Adeolu, Muyiwa Ademola, and few others. They all came, saw and conquered at their God appointed time by taking the centre stage like a collosus in the industry.
Currently, and arguably so, the two major stars in the Yoruba movie industry that have been sharing the centre stage have been Femi Adebayo and Odunlade Adekola. For the two of them, the world has been their oyster for a couple of years now and they don’t seem to be ready to yield the centre stage for anyone else. In fact, their dominance on the stage is so pronounced that two competitive beer brands have the two of them as their separate Ambassador. And interestingly too, they have been winning the award for best Yoruba actor alternatively, for years. That is, if it is not Odunlade Adekola winning it, it would definitely be Femi Adebayo.
But there has surely come another actor who will be giving them a run for their money. And in the nearest future, he should be taking over the centre stage. He is no other than Lateef Adedimeji. This is an actor that is not just talented but very intelligent and dynamic. Anyone who has seen his acting would know he is made for the topmost level in his chosen career. Just give the lanky actor any role and you can be sure of getting the best interpretation of the script. You can even ask him to leave the regular Yoruba role and give you an Ibo character, and you would marvel at his delivery. Not many actors can do that switching effortlessly.
Without doubt, it is only a matter of time for a complete actor in the mould of Lateef Adedimeji to dominate his industry like an emperor ruling over his empire. Yes, Femi Adebayo, Odunlade Adekola and others would still be doing their thing, but Lateef Adedimeji promises to be the next biggest Yoruba movie star to take over the main stage. Just watch out for him.
Alhaja Risikat Ejide, the first wife of veteran actor and movie producer, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello has opened up on how she coped with his lust for women and his infidelity when they got married.
Noble Reporters Media recalls that Oga Bello recently admitted how much he desired to have just one wife which is Alhaja Risikat Ejide, but along the line, he couldn’t stay faithful.
“I love my wife for many reasons and this is just few of the reasons. I remember one I did, I had to run away after I sent my friend to tell her. It was not an easy thing and this is why I said: “maybe it is my destiny”. I knew I didn’t like what I was doing but I didn’t stop.” Oga Bello had revealed.
Opening up on the 45 years they have spent together in their marital home, her husband’s many children and more, Alhaja Risikat Ejide in a chat with Tunde Kelani TV started with how he ill treated her during the early days. NobleReporters
“Well, I met my husband in our primary school, Ansarudeen Primary School, Oke Popo, Lagos Island. Then we just knew each other as primary school students. My husband, Adebayo Salami used to be so full of himself. We used to call him “Oba” (King).
I don’t like any man that is so full of himself but I noticed that people loved him a lot. But I didn’t like him because of his attitude (laughs). We were all in primary school. So when he noticed that I didn’t like him, he used to give me a tough time too.
He was a Prefect so whenever I am found wanting, he had special ways of dealing with me. Whenever they say we should do our ablution and I didn’t do it, he will beat me. Whenever he beats me, I always go to his parents to report him.
So one day, I went there as usual and his father sent me away to stop coming to report him. As kids, I could go to his parents 3 times a week to report him. That was how I stopped reporting him. So after that scenario, he will beat me to stupor until we later became friends. NobleReporters
Well, despite all the things he was doing to me, I didn’t blink an eyelid. This is because I like him. I like him so much that everyone in his area knew that we shared an inseparable bond. Do you know that whenever I go there, I don’t always meet anyone? So I also won’t spend much time because they will be looking for me at home. I may now go and see him 10 times a day until I am tired.
On how she coped with his stardom, she said
“Just like my husband said, when he became so popular, many women were frolicking around him. He couldn’t manage it. But my mum is a very tough person. I remember she told me that I can’t come back after marriage and marriage is all about endurance. So going home to tell her wasn’t a choice.
Then my immediate elder sister that was very close to me doesn’t have an enduring spirit like me. So I told myself that I will keep it to myself. I felt telling people or seeking advice may make people instigate me against him. I love my husband and I don’t want us to fight.
It took me many years for me to tell my parents that my husband has other wives.
They couldn’t do anything since I wasn’t complaining to them. I was also working and making good money. I also believe its destiny. So whenever I hear that he impregnated somebody, I don’t ask him, but sometimes he will tell people to beg me. He also formed the habit of running away whenever that happens.
I think he also saw that it was too much. This is why I didn’t have friends. I don’t want friends to tell me things that will make me fight my husband. So the last one he did and ran away; I had to tell his friends to help me look for him that I am not angry. I love my husband so much.
When asked if she ever got angry, she said “Angry, no, but as a human being sometimes it is painful. Sometimes I think about it but love won’t allow me get angry. I just tell myself, I have my own kids. I have boys and girls, what else? So I told myself, I will be patient with him and look after my children. While doing all that, my husband brought his other children for me to train and that was how I trained them.
Talking about his other wives, she said
“Oh! I have to accommodate them. I love my husband and anything he stands for. How many people do I want to fight? I am not saying it is not painful but what do I do? Let me shock you. There was a day I cried from morning till night but after that, I told myself, “why are you crying, you better stand up and make food for these poor children. Then we were staying at Atitebi in Ebute-Metta. Look at those kids now, you won’t even identify their individual mothers.
They love me so much. One should accept destiny and trust in God.
Oga Bello and some of his children She concluded by saying she will marry Oga Bello if she came back to the world again.
“Yes. My husband is so caring. Even if it is with my family or with his family. He loves me a lot and always shows it. He loves all his children to a fault. I have been living with my husband for over 4 decades and a day like this has never come. I thank God that a day like this is here. I thank God that our children are making us proud.” NobleReporters
Femi Adebayo is one of Nigeria’s leading actors and son of legendary actor dad, Oga Bello has revealed how Covid-19 forced him to cancel shows in the US and run into isolation in Nigeria.
Read excerpts from his chat with Seye Kehinde below:
How have you been coping with the COVID-19 Lockdown in the last 2 months?
Well, we’ve been trying. It’s not easy actually, but then, what do we do. It’s better to stay safe than to go out and put one’s life at risk.
Have you ever gone through this kind of experience before?
Obviously not. Not even for 5 days not to talk of 2 months. I don’t think I have slept in my house for 5 consecutive days not to talk of 2 months except I travel abroad. This is a totally different experience, but like I said, it’s for the safety of all of us. It’s making me see myself in another way and it has taught me a lot.
Tell us some of the lessons you’ve learnt?
The first thing I learnt is not to be too desperate about anything. If things were normal, I would have said, by this time, I have to be here and there. Now, everything stands still and there is nothing happening to anybody. Life still remains the same. It has really taught me to take things easy. Everybody globally has been forced to take things easy. It has really taught me to be calm with almost everything.
And it also gives me the opportunity to bond so much with my family. It’s a very bonding time. When I was a Bachelor, I prefer to wash the bathroom myself, but because of my busy schedule, I’ve not been able to do that for years. Now, I do it myself. I assist my woman in the kitchen even when I’m doing anything with her in the kitchen, I will stay with her and start gisting. I also have time to really sit down and plan again, on projects I want to do and how I want to make an impact on people’s lives. I have enough time to call my family, my friend who I’ve not seen for so long. Thank God for technology too. I can do many video call with my people. Though we are all shouting it has really affected everybody, we are not making money.
We are only spending the one that we have; we just pray it ends very soon. The Government is not to be blamed in any way. The government is trying all its best to make sure that we don’t have so many loss of lives, but unfortunately, so many of us are getting it wrong. We understand the fact that we need to eat, that is why lots of people to are doing palliatives, helping people in the area of feeding. I think the Government should just do more. Then we need to take it easy. I saw the way people trooped out after the ease. It was alarming. So many people still do not understand this Covid-19. If you understand it, you would know that if you don’t have any serious things to do outside, you should stay indoors. But all the same, we pray for the end of this Pandemic, so that, everybody, businesses can get back full time.
Are we likely to have a movie on Covid-19 after?
Definitely. As a matter of fact, we are putting the script together. It’s worth talking about because it has never happened. I’ve never experienced this. I was in the US for the survival of Jelili’s tour when it all started. We’ve paid for several halls, advertisements. People were already showing interest. Some people have even bought their tickets online, and all of a sudden, we have to stop and I have to rush back to Nigeria. I got back to Nigeria on 21st March, isolated myself for 14 days, I did all protection possible when I was coming home. I ensured that I didn’t have any contact, on when I got back I still isolated myself, thank God, I’m all right, I’m safe. I must be sincere, the NCDC people are really working, they make calls to every one of us who came back every day to ensure that we are safe. They told us if we feel any symptoms we should come for the test.
How did you feel at that time you isolated yourself?
Don’t let me lie to you, I was scared. I was more conscious of myself. If I have a little headache, I will be thinking otherwise. I read about all the signs and symptoms and I discovered that I didn’t have any, or show any. After 14 days, I was excited, I must be sincere.
Fast rising Nollywood actress, Rasheedah Jolaosho, popularly known as, Toksbarbie who recently made the rounds for allegedly getting pregnant for her married colleague has been blessed with a car gift from an unknown source.
The happy thespian took to he Instagram page to share photos of the car gift as she wrote:
“Birthday Gift Came So Early❤️🌹 kiku Mapa Alanu Mii🙏🙏”
However, her colleagues have taken to the comment section of her page to congratulate her.
Olayinka Solomon wrote: “Waoooooo mum olamide …..my baby is a blessing in our life ALHAMDULILLAH am happy baby jasmine…..congratulations darling”