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Odunlade Adekola Debunks Bad English Rumour

July 8, 2012 – Odunlade Adekola Debunks Bad English Rumour

It has once been rumored that if you want the best out of famed Nollywood actor Odunlade Adekola, make sure you did not speak English to him.

The versatile actor was reported to have lost many mouthwatering business deals because of his inability to express himself in good English terms.

A joke even went round that when the actor was contacted by GLO for endorsement; they had speak to him in his local dialect. But like Funke Akindele’s popular slang, all the actor has for his haters is “Worefa”.

According Punch, the winner of the Yoruba Movie Academy Awards, said he is not eager to accept a role in any Nollywood movie shot in English because: “I don’t believe in trying too hard to speak the language that cannot bring out the best in me as a core and proud Yoruba man,” he said.

But as point of correction, the actor told his critics that: “Contrary to what you think, I have appeared in two English language movies that have not been released. Soon, I will proceed (sic) on a location for yet another English language film.”

The actor also talked about popular foreign actors who are popular for exhibiting their talents in their local dialects: “Do the Amita Bachans and the Kapoors of India and the Yang Yin or Chang Chong from China try too hard to speak English? Why should my own case or those of us proudly projecting our indigenous language be different? “

In conclusion, the actor said: “They are complaining that I love to act in Yoruba films a lot, but what the complainants don’t realize is, I’m creating job opportunities for graduates of English language to subtitle my films in English.”



  1. S. Shittu

    July 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Worefa jare. Odunlade. Carry go with your Yoruba jo. Afterall, the nigerian english movie is already dying.

  2. Azeez abiodun

    July 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Ride on jare. Dont mind them. Oun to ba wu elenu lole fenu so. U’r d champion

  3. Robinson

    July 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Amebo! Hw does it concern dem.

  4. Abiodun

    July 11, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    Odunlade cari on…….don’t mind dem,english did nt determe dentiny

  5. Titi Jacobs

    July 11, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    Ma da won lohun jooooooooooooooooooooooo.

  6. Hadji

    July 11, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    He may not be the best but he’s his best. However,everyone should strive for self-upgrading at all cost. I cherish ‘Mr. Dadubule.’

  7. coryer

    July 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    My man carry go let them say worefa, continue your inovation and creative let them say

    • tops

      July 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      He his proud of his language. by the way are we English? thats why i love the Chinese people. carry go big bro

  8. Leye

    July 13, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Nigeria is full of millions of fluent english speakers who cannot afford to feed a mouth and they must be angry seeing someone who is not gramaticaly crazy as they are making waves B-)

  9. Lola

    July 20, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    It’s good u upgrade urslf trully bcos of ur status,u can get an English teacher 4 urslf 2 teach u at home,ds wl hlp u 2 stand anywhr like my swt Jenifa(sulia kan ayetoro kan)

    • bisi

      January 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      solomakinde,go get am 1.amebo ole ole

    • Oluwatomisin Elizabeth

      February 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      @ Lola, are u perfect? Can u come and help him to upgrade himself? We have many actors and actresses like Ogogo, Mama rainbow and many more who have not featured in English movies, yet, they have made it in the industry. Be proud of ur own language, English is not ur own language but a borrowed one. Leave Odun alone!

  10. Olabeecey

    July 30, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Anything wey dem like may dem talk,na dem sabi.english or no english we dey gbadun you big bros,make dem go hug transformer joooooo……….

  11. gege grace

    August 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    i think i love your idea you are cool

  12. Wolex

    January 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Well i’m less concerned abt dat but d only thing i’m interested in is when are the films will be release.

  13. bisi

    January 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    @lola,gbeborun,agbaya, if dey say mkeu cum marry am na uno go look back

  14. Oluwatomisin Elizabeth

    February 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Don’t mind them, bad English or not, you are already a star. I cherish ur acting. Kudos to u. Keep it up

  15. luckogunmokun

    February 21, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    let them say ooooooooooo


    April 30, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Is English Language Our Dialect? Wot Is Ur Problems Nigeria? Y Taking Other Pple Culture As Our Life Style. Pls Where U Go Always B Proud Of Ur Culture N Dialect Rmber U’re Nt An English Man. No Mata Wot U Do U Can’t Wash Out Afrianity Get Dt. carry On Jo Odunlade U’re A Genius Making Africa Proud(Yuroba)

  17. mrs ohio

    August 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I h*** you all in nigeria , you are a fool, you like to down grade people, when someone do not know how to speak proper English , you would think that there is no way out to get success in life, i want to ask you if the so called English people learn to speak yoruba, please odun ade i love your show and i like your personality , i will accept you for who you are, carry on , and do not listen to Mr and Mrs knocleheadullers. if you need money to do more show please contact me , i will help you out

  18. Oduntan Helen

    May 22, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Odunlade is a talented actor and there is no doubt his ratings will be much improved if he is fluent in English as well as he is in Yoruba. He should however not be discouraged at all. As he stated, English is not his first language and he has done well even with his current knowledge of the language. However, he may benefit from reading English classics ( for example by Charles Dickens) like Oliver Twist. Other english language speaking tools are online ( free of charge) and english language learners are encouraged to use them. Speaking english more often to friends and family will also help fluency. I believe he can hold his own even outside nollywood by working on the language. Above all, WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. I shall be praying for greater heights for our worthy ambassador from the gateway state. God bless you my brother ojare.

  19. fifelomo

    May 23, 2016 at 4:34 AM

    Odunlade is quite better now. I have watched 2 of his recent film and I can tell you he nailed it. The guy is making his money, its non of anybody’s business if he’s not fluent.

  20. carol

    September 28, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Odunlade our man if u like speak in Calabar or in tongues self, we will still love and enjoy watching ur movies, you are highly talented and God has favored you, keep shining.

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