Divorce Rate At All Time High In Nigeria Because Couples Are Emulating The Western Culture – Oga Bello
Excerpts of veteran Nollywood actor Adebayo Salami’s recent chat with Ekaette Bassey and Ebirim Juliet.
Tell us about your recent production – Alagbara?
Alagbara in Yoruba means a powerful person. It can also be interpreted to be those in power. But it is used in a different context here, as question – Who is more powerful: Man or woman? It is a reality and a reflection of what we see around us on a daily basis. The story is about the display of power in marriages, in relationships and how people, especially men, are controlled despite their strong personalities. Alagbara is a powerful message for everyone to enable us handle some marital issues and personal challenges in our relationships.
What actually inspired the story line on marriage?
Naturally, I always base my stories on social satire – happenings in the society, marital and family issues… It was my desire to promote the Nigerian culture that inspired me to write the storyline. A lot has been happening and our culture has lost its place, so I just had to come up with this educating series that cuts across everyone in this society. Marital issues and family affairs are common in the society. There are series of issues regarding marital life, that if I decide to do a story on around them, I will get one thousand episodes.
What makes this particular series unique? The series is one of a kind, it is a clear picture of what is prevalent in our world today. A lot of marriages are undergoing problems even the strong men are falling victims. This series Alagbara is a beautifully, crafted indigenous series which sheds light into the lives of different men from all walks of life and how they are controlled, manipulated and influenced by the women in their lives. It also gives ideas on how to handle these issues when they occur.
Your son Femi Adebayo also featured in this series. Why do you cast him in most of your movies?
If I have someone in my house that can interpret the role I want, I would rather pick him or her first.
Have you ever experienced any awkward moment while working with your son?
Oh yes, if he doesn’t meet up with the role interpretation, we fight. If he doesn’t maintain a high level of discipline in the production, we fight.
Prior to this production, we don’t get to see you feature in TV series?
Well, I guess it’s due to my busy schedule and time factor. But in all honesty, if I get a good script I will go for it.
As an African man, what’s your opinion on feminism in marriage?
I must confess to you that we have lost our culture. We are emulating the western world too much and that is the root cause of marital issues. If we go by the ways our forefathers treated their wives and how there was co-operation in the home in those days, all these won’t be happening. Don’t emulate the western world.
What’s that one thing you’re unhappy with in the entertainment industry?
A lot of things… but the common issue we all grapple with is piracy. Despite your busy schedule, how have you been able to maintain a healthy and youthful look? It is peace of mind. Give yourself peace of mind and you will see the magic. I give all the glory to God.