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English Movie Genre And Yourba Actors

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vince

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This is a question i've been meaning to ask for some time now.
How come that there are so few yoruba actors and actresses in the english movie genre?
Apart from the obvious ones(omotola,bimbo akintola,ayo adesanya,lilian bach,ayo mogaji,shola shobowale,bukky ajayi),we don't have new hot young yoruba actresses and actors breaking on to the scene like the ibos.Why?
 

eyi-mofe

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You have to have been reading my mind I was afraid to ask for fear of being acused of injecting TRIBAL sentiment really apart from Omotola and once in awhile some of those you mention.never a new yoruba folks.you know something though,maybe the yorubas are not trying to get in. and again how many yoruba ENGLISH producers out there? yorubas should start producing Good ENGLISH movies in the likes of BACK TO AFRICA and THUNDER BOLT if they wait until OMOtola roles are that of MUMMY you know like some old lady it will be too late.
 

khamileon

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BETI YORUBA MOVIES DEY MAKE MORE MONEY PASS THE ENGLISH ONES BY FAR......MAYBE DATS WHY DEM NO HURRY TO JUMP INTO ENGLISH MOVIES
 

eyi-mofe

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You know something, you may be right. but you should never concede that angle of the business to any group once it is accepted that only a certain group of people are the ones to make ENGLISH MOVIES it is going to be difficult to break in later.
 

Sola

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Khamileon, I hope you have figures to back that claim. :). I know I don't.

The industry is really diverse, but the Igbo people are a strong factor and you cannot deny that. It is their injection of funds and zest that propelled a fringe thing into an industry, really. They are also a daring bunch, so while other ethnic groups may be hesitant that they lack the skills or contacts, the Igbo man just goes ahead and does his thing, learning on the way.

I think the ethnic groups playing in the background though are pretty well spread out. The Edo/Delta region is exceptionally strong. In fact, they practically blazed the obstacles aside for everybody back in the days. Zeb Ejiro, Opa Williams, Chico, the Amata Clan, Last Eguavon, Kingsley Ogoro, Charles Novia, Frank Vaughn, etc. I am yet to meet serious contenders from the Hausa/Fulani end, aside of a few I know of in celluloid. Know very little about that area. Yorubas have Tunji Bamishigbin, Tade Ogidan, Simi Opeoluwa, Bolaji Dawodu, etc. And by yoruba here, I speak of the yoruba people in the English movie business, NOT the yoruba movie business.

It is good though that we are all working together now - across language and genre. It can only get better this way.
 
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bimbo manuel

You all seem to be forgeting bimbo manuel (nduka in checkmate). He's acted in quite a number of english movies. such as broad day light, kingmaker to name a few
 

eyi-mofe

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I haven;t heard of bolaji Dawodu can you tell any of his work?The yorubas you mention are Quality bunch the best but apart from Bamishingin have they produced or I should say Executive produced any movies ?I think they are directors and good ones too.Like Sola has just said an Ibo man will put his money where his mouth is.A typical yoruba money bag man will dismiss an idea rightaway particularly if he can not understand the intricacy of a project.
 

Sola

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Originally posted by pat femi
I haven;t heard of bolaji Dawodu can you tell any of his work?The yorubas you mention are Quality bunch the best but apart from Bamishingin have they produced or I should say Executive produced any movies ?I think they are directors and good ones too.Like Sola has just said an Ibo man will put his money where his mouth is.A typical yoruba money bag man will dismiss an idea rightaway particularly if he can not understand the intricacy of a project.
Most people produce and direct now, expecially the names I listed. You need to seperate the Igbo marketers from the filmmakers. The marketers financed 99% of the early movies (English), giving Zeb or Chico money in exchanged for the master tape at the end of the day.

These days though, Igbo or yoruba, guys use their money to make their movie, then they sell outright or have it marketed for returns. The top guys can afford it.

BJ, been a while since I saw anything of his. He directed Checkmate for Amaka Igwe. He directed Rattlesnake and some other stuff for Amaka back then, before she started directing her own movies.
 

vince

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Re: bimbo manuel

Originally posted by cooljay
You all seem to be forgeting bimbo manuel (nduka in checkmate). He's acted in quite a number of english movies. such as broad day light, kingmaker to name a few
Yoruba actors who are still active in english movies are as follows:
1)Bimbo Manuel
2)Kunle Coker
3)Antar Laniyan
4)Desmond Elliot
5)Saheed Balogun
6)Mahmoud Arab
7)Olu Jacobs
8)Jide Kosoko
9)Sola Fosudo
10)Lanre Balogun
11)Gbenga Richards
Those are the ones i can remember as of now.You guy can add to the list.
 
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Dessy

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Have any one heard of Kunle..........can't remember his lastname. He acted in Saworoide. I think he was good.
 

vince

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Originally posted by pat femi
his last name is bamitefa my spelling may be wrong he is baba KEMI (Omotola's father in mortal Inheritance) he also in VIOLATED
Aah,ofcourse,i know him,just slipped my mind.Another one is FEMI OGEDENGBE.
 
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Dessy

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As much as I like English films, I really feel the Ibo's are monopolising the market for their tribe. Yeah........I know u'll say i'm been tribalistic, but i'm not. Sola rightly pointed out that the Ibo's are good investors and risk takers, which is where we yoruba's are lacking.

There are many fluent and talented yoruba actresses, the question is would they be given a chance. Stephanie Okereke and Genevieve Nnaji are prominent because they are Ibo's (may I quickly add talented before you bite my head off). Only English actresses and actors win Best actors and actresses of the year.

We all need to pull together, and please the English movie industry should comprise of Hausas, Ibos and yorubas. English is our common language, not restricted to Benin, delta and Ibo's alone. I feel like they are trying to say Yoruba's haven't got good intonation.

Let's fight tribalism and forge ahead together. Give yorubas and hausas a chance. Please...........................
 

Sola

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Re: Re: bimbo manuel

Originally posted by vince
Yoruba actors who are still active in english movies are as follows:
1)Bimbo Manuel
2)Kunle Coker
3)Antar Laniyan
4)Desmond Elliot
5)Saheed Balogun
6)Mahmoud Arab
7)Olu Jacobs
8)Jide Kosoko
9)Sola Fosudo
10)Lanre Balogun
11)Gbenga Richards
Those are the ones i can remember as of now.You guy can add to the list.
By this, Vince, I believe you are saying they are yoruba by ethnicity, not that they are yoruba actors, right? OK then.

There's also the issue of Oyinbo, truth be told. Many of our actors in the yoruba genre are brilliant working with yoruba, but they will have serious problems speaking English as the Oyinbo movies do it. This is not meant to be derogatory of cos. They may be avoiding a cross-over, knowing their limitation, or perhaps due to personal complexes. The confident ones amongst them do cross over.

Even our Englis actors doing yoruba speak the Lagos yoruba only, haltingly too half the time. But this agreement at the guild level is one of the best things to happen to the industry. We should see more guild collaborations, hopefully, in future.
 

Sola

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Originally posted by demab
...Only English actresses and actors win Best actors and actresses of the year.

We all need to pull together, and please the English movie industry should comprise of Hausas, Ibos and yorubas. English is our common language, not restricted to Benin, delta and Ibo's alone. I feel like they are trying to say Yoruba's haven't got good intonation.
Hassan Taiwo (Ogogo) won Best Actor for OwoBlow at THEMA (The Movie Awards), organised by the same brains behind Encomium REEL Awards when they were with Fame. It just takes a good enough production and actor to win, I think.

The Igbo people have a knack for coming together easily. I don't think it is a bad thing for them to use their own as they have been doing. They are really marketers and if they see a yoruba face good enough to sell a tape, they will use the face. We don't have that many, that's the problem.

Yorubas always have problems, busy infighting. Hausas are just beginning to forge a video presence that translates outside of the Northern market.

I think we should all focus on making good movies and selling them. The more movies we make, the more we will discover good actresses across groups. Don't forget these are just pioneers. The real productions will begin when the new generation enter the industry with fresh ideas and detribalised intentions.
 
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