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Actor Saheed Balogun Shuns Ex-wife Fathia Balogun: “I Enjoy Being Single”

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Actor Saheed Balogun Shuns Ex-wife Fathia Balogun: “I Enjoy Being Single”

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Feb 1st, 2013 – Nigerian Actor Saheed Balogun Shuns Ex-wife Fathia Balogun: “I Enjoy Being Single”

Nigerian actor Saheed Balogun aka Saidi Balogun, a popular face to Nollywood Yoruba movie fans worldwide has remained on top of his career since he started years ago.

The talented Yoruba actor who spent most of his early years in the North claims he wasn’t resting on his oars.

In this recent 2013 interview with Nigerian Tribune‘s SEGUN ADEBAYO, the actor speaks on his latest flick, his ex-wife, Fathia Balogun and girlfriend Funke Adesiyan among other issues.

Interview Excerpts Below:

You led the pack of actors and actresses to Ondo State during the re-election campaign of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko as the state governor, but your decision was said to have pitched you against some of your colleagues in the industry who campaigned for Rotimi Akeredolu.

What informed your decision?

I have promised not to talk about this issue again because of the unnecessary dust it raised prior to the election and afterwards. The truth of the matter is that I did not vote for the party but for an individual whose style of leadership I so much love.

I have known the governor before the election and I had been planning to do some projects with the state government before the election, but when I was invited by the governor to lead his campaign team, I couldn’t have said no. And, let me make something clear to you today and some people who have been going around spreading false tales about my relationship with the governor, I don’t regret voting for him and I will never regret my decision.

It was rumoured that your involvement was financially influenced, are you saying that it had nothing to do with money?

What do you mean by it was financially influenced? If the governor required for my services, are you saying he won’t pay me for that? I am a professional actor for crying out loud. Let me explain few things to you for the sake of this interview. When I was invited, before I said yes to the offer, I had weighed the options before me. I did not follow the party, I followed the wisdom he possesses.

During campaign, his children followed him throughout and I asked him why he decided to have them on his train, he told me that everybody is working to achieve a goal. He also said that he does not believe his children were different or more special than any other person in the team, so if everybody could rise to support him, what stops his own children from following them to the nooks and crannies of the state to campaign.

You haven’t answered my question…
You mean if my decision was influenced by money? I can tell you categorically that you are wrong. Let me explain to you this way. When I clocked 45 years old, last year February, somebody very close to the governor’s heart also clocked 45. Governor Mimiko loves wearing Ankara; I produced an all cast Ankara movie last year and Ondo State was created on February 3 and the governor was born on October 3. I don’t want to bore you with the things that make our coming together unique, but trust me, the governor has a very good heart. So, if he had paid me, I am sure he did that because I offered him my services.

But you were said to have been approached by some key figures in the opposition party…
Yes, I was approached by a sitting governor, but I don’t want to mention his name. We chatted for a couple of hours and days before I decided that I was going to campaign for Mimiko. The man tried to convince me into changing my mind, but I was not convinced. I don’t have anything against anybody, I just did what I felt was the best for me as that time. No regrets though.

In the last few years, you have produced some movies that were said to have cost you a fortune and you were said to have not been able to recoup the amount you expended on some of the projects.

Is it true that you are broke?

This question is very interesting, because I don’t know why some people would have assumed that I am broke. How did they arrive at that conclusion?

I don’t want to say anything about being broke or not, because even if I am, how do I convince them it is not true. The truth is that I don’t like responding to issues like these. To me, they are baseless and silly. I am not broke. I thank God for what He has done for me and I don’t have to share what He has done for me with anybody on the pages of the newspaper, because I want people to know that I am living well.

I have been able to achieve some of the things I had set for myself, as young man, when I was growing up. So, I have every reason to thank God for His loving kindness over my life. You are granting this interview with me now; you should be able to tell if I am broke or not from my appearance and the little you have seen since you got here today.

How did you manage to raise money to shoot these movies?

Getting sponsors has been the major problem confronting the movie industry. It is really a big threat because it is forcing a lot of good producers into mediocrity. Raising money has not been easy, but I thank God that I have been able to attract a couple of sponsors who believe in my work. These people have seen what we have done before and they were impressed. So, if we come up with any new project, they will surely throw in their support.

Before now, you hardly appeared on other people’s movies but it seems that you have rescinded that decision.

You were reported to be jumping from one location to another. What brought you back?

I guess that’s why some people assumed that I am broke. I have been busy with a handful of projects, since the middle of last year. That’s why I have not been frequent at locations. Another fact is that if your payment does not go down well with me, I may not take your job. But above all, I didn’t come back because I had run out of cash.

Come to think of it, I am a public figure and I engage in other projects. I have raised my game to a very meaningful level in the industry that I don’t have to wait until I feature in movies before I could put food on my table and smile to the bank. The kinds of projects that had kept me busy were time-consuming that I had to drop other things. I don’t want to produce movies that won’t tell the story I want.

What are the projects you are talking about?

I released Eti Keta last year, an all cast Ankara movie, but the production had started before then. I have released Ala mi Aye mi, Modupe Temi, a two cast movie and right now, I am working on releasing another one, You or I that was shot in three or four different countries, Spain, South Africa, America and Nigeria. These are multi-million naira projects and we had made sure that nothing goes wrong with the production. I have set a standard for myself in the industry and my aim is to beat that standard each time I churn out a new project.

You were rumoured to have been lined up for the mouthwatering Globacom ambassadorial deal, but it did not materialise. How did you feel?

I don’t know about any deal. If they had approached me with a deal, I may take it and I may not. You never can tell. It depends on the condition of the contract. I appreciate what Globacom is doing to promote our industry, but a lot still needs to be done by other well-to-do Nigerians so that we can move the industry forward. If they had approached me, I would gladly welcome them with both hands.

But why do you think the deal was put off?

I don’t know about the deal, so I can’t tell you why it was put off. Who does not like a good thing? May be when they approached me, I will gladly ask them why they called off the deal in the first place.

You started as an actor before embracing producing that has brought out the best in you. Which do you enjoy most?

Honestly, I love acting and I am kind of missing it lately. But I have been in the industry since the early 80s. I started with Enu Orofo. I actually started as a stage person. It became imperative to build on the experience I had garnered over the years. I had been producing one man show across universities in Nigeria a long time ago. What you are seeing now had started way back, but it is getting more attention now, because everybody now appreciates what we do.

What is happening to the music aspect of your life?

Entertainment is general. Eddy Murphy sings, Will Smith sings and his son also. Late Hubert Ogunde and Isho Pepper sang. If you cannot learn like this, forget it. I will still go back into music very soon, but, for now, I am focusing more on movie production.

Some people believe that you should not have ventured into music in the first place...
(Cuts in)… I have learned not to react to what people say. People could be mischievous sometimes when they want to make you look stupid by dragging you into mundane issues. If music was not good for me, I would not have ventured into it in the first place.

Why do you think Yoruba movie producers don’t pay actors well enough, compared to their counterparts in the English sector?

It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens even outside the country. The solution is simple, if you cannot meet up with my fee, then it is not necessary I appear in your movie. I have decided now that if you don’t have a big money, don’t call me to your production, I won’t come.

At 46, you should be getting tired of staying single. You once said that you don’t plan to quit bachelorhood then, are you planning to remarry now?

I don’t want to talk about my marital life, for now. I would really love to talk about my job because that’s what I am particular about as far as I’m concerned. I am enjoying bachelorhood more now because it gives me enough time to think deeply on how I can better the lot of those who are looking up to me. I also want to concentrate on my new movies. I have a girlfriend that I love and respect so much, but I would like to keep it like that for now.

Is your girlfriend also in the movie industry?

There you go again. I don’t want to drag her into this interview.

Are you scared to talk about her because your former girl friend, Funke Adesiyan, was an actress and the relationship ended on a sad note?

Some issues are better kept undisclosed, so that you don’t raise another dust that would take many months to settle. As you can see, I am doing fine. I don’t want to talk on who was that or when did that happen and to who.

So Fathia Balogun’s chapter has been closed in your life?

I knew you were heading for that question when you started playing around with your questions. Anyway, I love the way you have coined it, but the fact is that I won’t talk about Fathia. I will just love to say no comment, if I am permitted to use that sentence.



  1. adeoye

    February 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Hello sir,i will appreciate it if u can settle with ur wife,i feel for u pple,pls for the sake of ur children

  2. iwuanyeiwu

    February 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    you have a sweet husband what do you think that you will gain after enjoy of your life without what is important.

  3. obembe olusola

    February 1, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Try and settle down God will help you

  4. Musa bright abiodun a.k icemancity

    February 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Pls forget about what happen frm d past coz who has found a wife find a good thing n obtain d favour frm d lord….pls try n burry d hachet

  5. U6me2

    February 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    That is what is majorly wrong about celebrities. Divorce and house breakage. I dont really no what behind their break-up. They are watch to learn from and to make an impact. But now thay contributed to the corrupt and damage of lives and homes. I dont really enjoy yoruba movie again,cos it is not like before that ther is sense in it. Now ther movie is not different from Ghanians movie. Very bad. Is dis always civilization???

  6. usman kay musa

    February 2, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Allah doesn’t accept quarelling without settleing so pls for the sake of ur children settle love uncle saidi a.k.a walata

  7. sarah tunde

    February 2, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    plz go back to ur wife i donot want to know wht happen for d lord jesus christ dat created u and allow u to get married to her have a reason for dat.plz go back to ur wife ur children and ur wife need u .god bless u as u do.

  8. shalom007

    February 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    We born to have misunderstanding and born to for get about it when its time to do so.pls and pls guys you time is up to come back together as a family.balo,did you know what I want from you now.pls act like a man I use to no on all your films.pls.that is why blble said that husband is the hand of the family.pls

  9. olinbaba

    February 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    after going about with different men and its not working who will want to take the thrash back….saidi…..carry go joor…

    • Funmilayo ayoade

      August 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      If someone said dat 2 ur sister wil u be api or she,is he nt goin wit different ladies so wat is d different and God said wat God has join 2geda let no man put assundant

  10. Falade oladipupo

    February 3, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Pls. Saheed balogun settle with your wife, bcos what God has joined together , don’t let people put assunder

  11. Bose Ogunbona

    February 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Pls walata,u av 2 4giv &4get cos dat it is a woman characters.

  12. Adebakin lateef (orilawe)

    February 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Saheed balogun, you as a muslim it’s must for you to mary, pls reconcile with your wife or you find another wife, the choice is yours….. May god help you. Think about your chidren. A yoruba adage says; ti a ko ba gbagbe oro ana…………….

  13. Kolawole Elizabeth

    April 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Pls walata settle wif ur wife nd continue livin happily 2geda 4 d sake of children,God wil c u 2rue, lord is ur strength.

  14. biodun

    May 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    uncle pls forgive and forget the past

  15. Saphire blue

    May 15, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Olibaba…….u ar an idiat for making dat comment….as for u saidi z tym to go bck home..we love u buh ur family love u more….may d good Lord be wif u as u reunite wif ur family

  16. United

    May 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I beg u wit wat u cherish most ALLAH, ur mother, and ur children sake pls dont mind dat ollin baba he an idiot stupidity is all ova him pls God w also forgive u ur worst sin pls ki oro yin ya ota lenu, pls pls & pls 4 Ta Allah sake pls


    May 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Pls faitha settled down with saheed bcos omo ale lo ma ri inu ti ko ni bi bako na omo ale lo ma be ti ko ni gbo nitori awon omo yi

  18. Alfa Alminteeqy

    June 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Mr. Saheed Balogun you said that you dont have for marriage now, but i thought you’re a muslim, and you know that ISLAM is not tollerate that. I’ll advice you to settle whit your wife, or find another responsible lady. Because the holy prophet MUHAMMOD (s.a.w) said that who ever said that he/she will not marry is not in my al-humoh

  19. Ambali

    June 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Bro. Saheed, pls rtn 2 ur wife. An adage in Yoruba says, ti a ko ba tori isu je’po, a ma tori epo je’su. Please think of children. May God help you.

  20. prince adeyemi adeleke

    June 29, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    pls mr saheed balogun an fathia balogun let baigon shd be baigon just think abt hw ur kids wil feel lik , about been seperate to deen will not help der life style, pls come togeda as one happy home.


    July 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    saheed pls u are the head of the family call your wife and settle what ever the problem is there is no marriage without its own challenges am sure u see ppl celebrating 30, 40 50…….. yrs of marriage, if they tell u what the marriage has passed through u wld be amazed. pls for the sake of God, ur children,ur fans and those who are looking up to u as mentor settle ur issue wt ur wife dnt even think of taking another wife. just imagine how happy ur children will be seeing daddy and mummy coming together again.remember these children are in ur hands today 2moro u will be in their hands.let me tell u every woman with her own character d one u a dating now dat looks like an angel 2 u, if u marry her dt is when u will discover her true colour.
    pls i kn dis has never happened b4 in d industry but we (ur fans) wants u to make the difference.good luck

  22. sonia

    November 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    bro saheed, i cherish u soo much n i love watching any movie u partake in like wise sis fathia, pls u guys should settle n reunite together so dat ur children we experience a fatherly n motherly love TOGETHER, by d tym Dey we be tellin deir life story in future they we av somethin to make refrence with. pls for GOD SAKE SETTLE NOW.

  23. Tunde

    February 3, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Saheed knows why he has decided not to go on with Fatiha,may be its becos of someone like Me cos I really Gbadun the Lady very well even better than Saheed used to Gbadun. Infact I see her as though she is mine. Pls who has her contact here?

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