Adebayo Salami Oga Bello Blasts Igbo Movie Producers Picking On Yoruba Actors Accent

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Oct 29, 2016 – Adebayo Salami Oga Bello Blasts Igbo Movie Producers Picking On Yoruba Actors Accent

Excerpt from veteran Nollywood actor Adebayo Salami’s recent chat with Vanguard.

How many English movies have you done ?

Very few. The reason is simple, I don’t get many invitations. I cannot speak for those people that did not invite me ,they have their personal reasons and I don’t want to go into it so much, but I am sure if am invited as we are conversing now, I can express myself and I can interpret roles in English. Why they don’t invite me is left to them.“

But I saw Jide Kosoko in a film by Rita Dominic ‘Damage’ and in several other English films ?

Yea , Jide Kosoko do normally features in English movies and I must confess to you, if you come to me and you want to pay 1 million naira for an English film and I have another script of Yoruba movie that wants to pay me 200,000 naira , I will go for the Yoruba film. The reason for it is simple, my culture and my language are more important to me than money. What is most important to me as an African is the promotion of my culture.

There is this saying that Nigerian film industry started with ‘Living in Bondage’ and you have been saying that history is not correct?

It’s a lie. If they say the film industry started in 1992 with ‘Living in Bondage’, what happened to the films shot before then. I shot my first film on celluloid in 1985, the second one in 1987. Whether English or native, a movie is a movie. A Nigerian movie is a Nigerian movie. We own Nollywood together. If they want to mention Nollywood all over the country, they would say Nigerian movies. Forget about the medium of expression whether its Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba , or English. They know the right history, they know it. Wole Soyinka shot Kongi Harvest in 1970. Bisi Daughter of the River is there . Abiola’s film, ‘Dinner With The Devil’ is there. How can they say film industry started in 1992.

So, what do you think brought about this distortion?

It is their style. I called their production people and told them. If they invite Yoruba actor, to take part in their movie, they would say the accent is too Yoruba. What is their own accent? Don’t they sound Ibo in their own movies? What is their problem?

12 thoughts on “Adebayo Salami Oga Bello Blasts Igbo Movie Producers Picking On Yoruba Actors Accent

  1. That is the one of the biggest problem Nigerian people have today.. TRIBALISM.. if anything bad happens in Nigeria today., Yoruba will suspect Ibo, Ibo will suspect Hausa, Hausa will suspect Yoruba, instead they should both sit down and find a lasting solution to the problem, they will be there suspecting each other, how can we grow like that.. My advice for the youth weather Ibo,Yoruba and Hausa we are one, One love

  2. What message is mr salami passing to the public, am sure he knows his a public figure, u jus dont comeout baised to spoil others all becos u were not given recognition. There are many yoruba actors and actress who are making it big in english movies, just becos u dont fit in shouldnt bring all dat hatred and conclusivness that english movie is basically for some people.

  3. If u are good in yoruba movies then stick 2 it, we humans cant be in two places at a time, you shouldnt feel bad simply bcos one person is more blessed than the other, that is how God does his works. Mr salami is simply envious that is why he sounded that way…

  4. They are never one with differrnt language, dressing, culture and everything, there is no oneness here joor. Let the country just split.

  5. They are never one with differrnt language, dressing, culture and everything, there is no oneness here joor. Let the country just split.

  6. Oga Bello always sounds tribalistic in his interview.pls we r one Nigeria.stop putting segregation. It’s his choice if he prefers 200k to 1m.but don’t try to sell it to others.the English movie also shows our culture

  7. Yoruba ppl re too tribalisim’ Every one is praying for GOD’s intervention in dis nation nd the old fool is busy penetrating his evil culture mind as he claimed’ MR Olu Jacob nd co are there wit dos he said nonsense abt’ Is he beta Dan those yorubas acting with Igbo’s ‘ Nt to talk of the igbo’s he referred to’ Live in the so called misable culture nd be calm. Idiot

  8. Oga Salami pls take it easy, let me ask you,,,Olu Jacob, Dabo,Jide Kosoko,Desmond Elliot,,Joke Silva, Ramsay Nuoah, Funke,Biola Ige,Bukky Sanda and many many of them are they not Yorubas?
    They have featured in many English(you called Igbo Movies)movies produced by Igbos.
    Pls remove tribalism here

  9. Nwa Ikuku, are you not one of the many problems we are trying to solve here ?Ur utterances are bad and idiotic as well. What are you preaching, unity or division ?let peace reign.BIKO!

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