Funsho Adeolu: Nollywood Yoruba Actors Have Respect For Their Elders
You may call him bad boy because of the roles he plays in movies but in real life, Funsho Adeolu is a great family man with strong moral value.
In a recent chat with The Beats, the actor was quick to shut down the notion that he is a bad boy in real life.
He added that he’s an active church worker with strong commitment to the work of God.
He also revealed why his colleagues in the Yoruba sector rarely have ego clashes unlike their English counterparts.
“I was happy when people always said I was a bad boy because it showed that I was interpreting my roles well. People do not get to see me in real life; they only see on TV but once they get to meet me in real life, they know that I am not a bad man. For instance, I am a church person and when people see me in church, they are surprised.
“I have been in the choir since 1982. I have never been the kind of person that would attend a church service and just sit down; I have never been that kind of person. I have always been active in the church. Funnily, I do not do drama in church because they do not do it professionally; they just do it anyhow.
“Although I am a very spiritual person, my inclination to church has never clashed with my profession simply because if you give me a role, it means that I am telling a story and I have to achieve the end result.”
Why Yoruba Actors Don’t Have Issues With Each Other
“You would rarely hear about ego clashes in the Yoruba-speaking movie sector because it doesn’t happen. In this sector, we have respect for our elders. We have people that are coming into the industry now but they are quite disrespectful; very soon, we would flush them out. You learn a lot from this movie sector.”
“Nowadays, in the Yoruba-speaking movie sector, we hardly do free jobs for one another unlike in those days. We place one another in good hotels, provide good food and also provide good clothes. However, some people still do that (do things for free) in order to help the next person grow in the industry and by so doing, everybody grows. Due to this, the Yoruba-speaking sector of the movie industry is on top of the game.”