3 Sep 2016

No Babalawo Is Behind My Success - Odunlade Adekola

Nollywood actor, Odunlade Adekola, has addressed rumours that his career success has been as a result of his reliance on metaphysical powers, in a recent interview with the Punch.

The Afro-Heritage Broadcasting and Entertainment Award winner denied the story, adding that his belief in God had been the reason for his success.

“I never knew I would be successful as an actor; my belief has always been that God should elevate me in my endeavours. I always prayed that God should make me a successful person.

“Some people say that I used voodoo or metaphysical powers to be successful. I hear when they say such but I tell everyone that I can never do such. During the graduation of my students last year, I addressed this issue because it was during that time people were peddling rumours of my demise. When the rumour of my death hit town, some people said that I did ‘jazz’ to be successful. That was why during the graduation of my students last year, I said it in public that if I had ever thought of doing ‘jazz’ to succeed God should make me lose everything I had ever worked for.

“I hear these comments but they do not move me at all. I am a writer, director, producer and an actor. It is normal for people to talk but it has never upset me.”

The actor told Punch that he has always been a funny actor since the beginning of his career in his church. He said although people loved his performances, he never thought of making it a career.

 “I started acting in church when I was a kid. When I was in church, I was like Baba Suwe, whenever I mounted the stage, people would start laughing. A lot of people really loved me but I did not really have interest in acting.

“There was a friend of mine, Tunde, who also acted. He told an actor about me and the man asked to see me. When I got there, the man asked me to act for him and ever since then, I never stopped acting. I later joined the man’s acting group and that was how I started. This happened in 1996,” Adekola added.

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