It haunts me that I dropped out of school - Yinka Quadri


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Yinka Quadri has come a long way in the Yoruba sector of Nollywood, being one of the pioneers of the home video. He has also become a household name in the industry. He shares his story with ADUNOLA OLADAPO. Excerpts:

Tell us how your journey into acting started. Did you choose the career or was it by accident?
It started since I was very young. Before I went into acting, I was controlling my dad’s business, which was worth millions of naira then. So, I would say my going into acting was borne out of my passion for it. Though, my dad never liked it because he wanted me to remain focused on the business, but in the long run, he supported me when he noticed my tenacity for acting.
I was born in the early 60s and I attended St Catholic School, Idumagbo and proceeded to Christ High school, Ebute Elefun also in Lagos. But I quit school when I got to class three. This has got nothing to do with poverty, because my dad was very influential and wealthy. I opted out of school to learn business so that I could take over my dad’s business. It was not as if my dad encouraged me to drop out of school though. It was something I wanted to do.

So, acting for you, was it by accident or design?
It was not by accident. It was predestined, because my passion led me into it. Though, there were some challenges that almost forced me out, especially when I wanted to drop my dad’s business for full time acting. The decision to quit didn’t go down well with some members of the family, but they had no choice. Acting is my life; I dream it, I live it. I thank God that I chose the right path because I can say categorically that God has been so good to me and my family.

It haunts me that I dropped out of school