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Yoruba Actors and English Movies

Discussion in 'AFRICAN MOVIES, TV & WEB SHOWS' started by Meddeen250, Jul 30, 2009.

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  1. Meddeen250

    Meddeen250 Humanitarian

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    Over the years, I've seen some brilliant Yoruba actors that have acted in EMG movies. Guys like Sola Fosudo produced a lot of brilliant performances that thrilled Nollywood fans at the initial stage of the EMG. I cannot remember the names of all the Yoruba actors that used to star in Nollywood movies, but some of them were good. Peeps like Jide Kosoko, Kunle Koker, Lanre Balogun etc.

    During the later years of Nollywood, I noticed other Yoruba actors but one hardly saw them in EMG movies. The point of this thread is not tribal (cause I know what some you are already thinking), but to enquire whether these guys intend to stick solely to YMG, or whether they are willing to appear in more EMG movies. I've been watching lots of YMG movies lately, but it's frustrating reading all those subtitles especially when they sometimes take minutes before anything would appear on the screen.

    Most of these YMG stars speak good English and they should at least appear in more EMG movies so that we can appreciate their talent even more. I'm talking about peeps like Opeyemi Ayeola (I love that babehbeat:), Yinka Quadri, Faitia Balogun, Yemi Solade, Dele Odule, Funsho Adeolu and many others. Even Funke Akindele is now hardly seen in EMG movies.
    Super story is proof that these guys can fit in EMG movies, though I did not like that soap. But they're good actors.
     
  2. vince

    vince Well-Known Member

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    Meddeen,these actors have never closed the door on EMG,but the EMG funders,the marketers, closed the door on them for reasons best known to them.So they stuck to YMG only.Can you blame them.
    When things change for the better and better people start funding EMG,the playing field will become level again and we will begin to see more YMG performers in english speaking movies.But till then...

    With that said,a few YMG performers are beginning to appear in EMG flicks.Actors like Jibola Dabo(Away From Home) for example... Perhaps things are beginning to change.But we shall see.
     
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    Vince you made the point.
     
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    This thread is still saying same thing we've ranted and bickered about in NR when I was a newbie; tribalism in Nigeria movie industry. But Oga Med, before we're too fast at pointing fingers on the EMG sector, I'll like to clearly state ITS EVERYWHERE. How many Ibos, Efiks, Hausas.... despite how good they are, do you see in YMG movies?? True, the EMG sector is irritably dominated by the South Eastern and South southern regional Nigerians but a reason is attached. EMG's earlier movies were in Ibo language before the stakeholders saw a need to expand its viewers, thus fully commercialized to making English movies with a pinch of Ibo language induced.

    Afterwards, tribalism took its full stance when Alaba (Ibo) marketers showed its preference for and devotedly marketed movies with esp. an Ibo or Efik person as lead or sought, and this further led to the creation of other genres like Yoruba movie genres which also actively partook in the decay. Can you blame them?? Who knows!!, two wrongs don't make a right they say. To be in the YMG, you've got understand a high degree of Yoruba or be one to actively partake in it.

    Such segregation is what makes Opeyemi Ayeola appear in no EMG movies. The EMG feels they are doing thier thing, creating their own stars..... and the YMG, HMG.... feels same way too. When you see HMG or YMG investors make movies in English they star actors in their genre too, shekina!!

    As for me, I want likes of Doris..... to fully cross over. Some YMG and HMG actors are quite good but we should also understand not every Ibo or Efik good actress (though preferred by the EMG funders) automatically becomes a mega star in EMG.... she has to possesses a uniqueness before she is capitalized on. But the problem here is they are given no chances whatsoever.

    Na guys like me (and even you irrespective of tribe) gats to change am!! As for me, I'm a mixed blood and can't favor one to hurt the other.
     
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    Wow!
     
  6. vince

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    This is totally unfounded.A quick list;

    -Grace amah
    -Christy Okonkwo
    -Rikardo Agbor
    -Tuvi James
    -Kelvin Ikeduba
    -Uche Iwuji
    -Ngozi Nwosu
    -Jummai Joseph
    -Doris Simeon
    -Mercy Aigbe
    -Enebeli Elebuwa
    -Oby Edozien
    -Mercy Johnson
    -Chidi Mokeme(Omotara Johnson)

    EMG stars who have a good command of yoruba will always get a role in yoruba speaking homvies provided they can be happy with the fees offered them.YMG has never closed it's doors on other performers from other ehtnic groups who can speak the language.
     
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    One more thing on EMG stars not being featured in YMG flicks.
    Maybe sky will like to compile a list of the present EMG non-yoruba stars who have a good command of yoruba.I am curious to see such a list.
     
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    Sky, what do you mean by "Ibo"?
     
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    It is a recently discovered ethnic group in Nigeria. :bouncy
     
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    @VINCE - bros, can you look at it this way? Most Igbos born and bred in Lagos, Ijebu Ode, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Ogbomosho, Illorin, Ife, Kutuje, Owo, etc, tend to speak Yoruba, very well. That, I, think it's easier to have more Igbos in Yoruba films. The other way round, not as much Yorubas are born and bred in Enugu, Ngwo, Abakiliki, Ezza, Owerri, Ohaozara, Afikpo, Ngwa, Abriba, Ohafia, Arochukwu, Musanga, Kidnapper, etc. They neither speak Igbo nor are familiar with most Igbocentric themes and plot in the so called EMG. Just saying.
     
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    Aren't Tuvi James, Mercy Johnson and Chidi Mokeme Igbo?
     
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    And the discoverer is Mongo Sky?
     
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    I think Chidi Mokeme is Igbo. Not quite sure about Tuvi and Mercy, maybe "Ibos"?
     
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    Same thing you mean when you attach a "k" to every "pa" in the Yoruba language! Kpa kpa kpa, for instance, aka pa pa pa. Na as your tongue cut am you talk am. :roll
     
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    Mercy Johnson I think is from Kogi state.

    Who is Tuvi James?
     
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    To be fair, I'm not sure that kpakpakpa is necessarily of Yoruba origin...
     
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    You're not sure. I am. It predates home videos pa a pa.:laugh:
     
  18. rudeboy

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    I was looking for an address in Surulere: Oyinola. For more than two hours I was holding an okada park to ransome asking for OYIN-OLA! The daft okada people even after reading the piece of paper in my hand still told me the same thing: "no street called OYIN-OLA for hia!" Fortunately, an a woman overheard us and asked for the paper and burst into laughter: OYI-OLA! Yoruba folks don't say the "N" in Akinola or Oyinola!

    But Sola, that is different from my question! At least I know OYIN-OLA is a street, but "IBO" is what?
     
  19. Honourable

    Honourable Mr. Naijarules!

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    Apart from Doris Simeon, how many of the individuals on this your list have had successful, steady careers in the YMG industry ? We see them once in every ten Yoruba movie and that proves what exactly?

    Please be honest and face the reality.

     
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    "Ibo" is the English version of "Igbo," just like you guys say "Benin" instead of "Bini"
     
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