7 Sep 2016

I will reject N1million English film for N200,000 Yoruba film – Oga Bello

When veteran Yoruba actor,  Adebayo Salami, popularly known as Oga Bello speaks, there is little else to do than to listen.

With more than 50 years of experience in the movie industry, everything he says must be gold or one may just as well be doing away with wisdom as the man radiates wisdom, knowledge and experience.

In a recent chat with Vanguard, the veteran Thespian gave reasons he has not been appearing much in English-speaking films, reiterating that what matters to him most is the preservation of Yoruba culture.

He also admitted that he had not been getting many calls for English films even though the Yoruba ones are of more importance to him

“Well, I cannot speak for those people that did not invite me, they have their personal  reasons and I don’t want to go into it so much but I am sure if am invited I can express myself and I can interpret  roles in English,” he said.““ I don’t normally participate in English films like Jide Kosoko does  but  I must confess to you, if you come to me and you want to pay N1 million for a film and I have another script of  Yoruba movie  that wants to pay me N200,000 I prefer to go for Yoruba film. No harm meant by that, Yoruba is my language, and it is my culture I want to promote the most,” he added.

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