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Popular Yoruba Actor, Pa Tunbosun Odunsi Reveal The untold Emotional story behind his crying in most yoruba movies

One of the seasoned Nollywood stars who has been rocking the entertainment business for more than 50 years is Pa. Tunbosun Odunsi. He wasn’t simply well-liked when he began playing alongside the late Hubert Ogunde in the 1950s; he was well-liked back then as well. Pa Tunbosun Odunsi was recently one of Dele Odule’s guests when City People Event Center hosted him in Gbagada, Lagos. And many were astounded by Pa Odunsi’s English fluency. You might find it interesting that despite only having a primary school diploma, he has perfect English. ABiola Orisile of City People contacted him for an interview.

How did acting begin for you?

Olatunbosun Odunsi is my name. how did I begin? In Lagos, I got my acting debut with the Olayemi Symphony Orchestra at Ile-Nla in Ebute -Metta. They gave performances for churches, and I was forced to join the late Hubert Ogunde since they wouldn’t leave Lagos and I wanted to travel. Before I left to start my group, the Araba concert, I worked with him for over 8 years.

You have been acting for how long?

I have been acting for more than 50 years.

And before I started acting, I was a student. I joined the Sycotration Orchestra as soon as I started school, and when I finished and received my G2, I fully joined them before moving to Baba Ogunde’s group. Additionally, I had a brief job as a machine operator at a business in Apapa before relocating permanently to Baba Ogunde.

Acting for over 50 years, was there, anytime you felt like living acting out of frustration?

We were well-known through our stage performances before the movies. notably when I was with Hubert Ogunde, who sadly passed away. Yoruba Ronu, “The Ologbo Dudu,” Otito Koro, and others. On stage, I was already well-liked.

Everywhere we went, people used to hail us since the stage was so well-known. However, as movies and television performances of “Idamu Padi Mi Kailu,” penned by Alagba Adebayo Faleti, began to be produced, “Inspector Adegboye also made me popular. I was well-known before movies ever existed.

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How many movies have you produced?

My first movie, “Ejo ni Igboro,” was produced in 1983. Ogun Abele came next, then Ayorunbo. “Ogun Abele” was a script I authored, but it was later bought and made.

How many movies have you acted in?

Haa! uncountable. The number of movies in which I have appeared is too numerous to count. I have worked on around 2,000 or 3,000 films, both domestically and internationally.

You also acted abroad? which movies was that?

The American release of the Nigerian film Changing Faces. The Japanese Sun. I took part in it while I was in Japan.

We hardly see you in movies these days, why?

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I still act, but I told you I am into farming. It a big farm at Ago Owu In Osun State. My mother is from Osun and I am from Ogun State.

You cry a lot in movies, what is the difference between crying-Tunbosun Odunsi and Pa. Tunbosun Odunsi?

Yes see, any good artiste given any role should be able to get into that character. Artistes are clay in the hands of the molder. You know clay must not argue with the molder, he bends you into whatever he likes. A good artiste must be able to adapt and bend into what the script says. Enter into that character and give the writer what he wants.

You were with Ogunde for 8 years, what were you doing with him?

I was teaching and dancing, I acted any role given to me.

Do you have any of your children towing this line of business?

Yes, I have a son, Gbenga Odunsi, who is also getting there by God’s grace. He has produced once too.

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How do you rest?

You see, I take my time to rest. When I am given a job to do and I know I can’t cope, I have the opportunity of telling them that it falls within my resting period, I may not be able to cope.

If the producer is the type who want me by all means, I ask him if he could postpone the shooting of the scene to accomodate me.

You have been in the  lime light for over 50years, how old is Pa Odunsi?

I will clock 75th on July 3rd.

You don’t look 75years?

That is what this job does to us. Acting and farming, most especially farming job. It gives you lots of opportunities to exercise. There is no time for laziness.

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How is it like turning 75 years?

To God be the glory. How we wish we can turn back the hands of clock and look at the youthful days. But there is no big deal especially when you can mix with the old and the young. If you try to seclude yourself, then there is a problem.

Do you belong to any caucus such as the Odunfa, and others?

I belong to the entire group and this is because I am a father.

You started acting with many veteran artistes, who are your contemporaries?

Hubert Ogunde, Oyin Adejobi, Kola Ogunmola, Duro Ladipo, Ayinla Olumegbon, Ibari Oloko, Isho Pepper and many others. Chief Akin Ogungbe, Chief Oluseyi Tiger, Chief Omilani, Chief Moses Olaiya Adejumo (Alawada) and several others.

Would you say being educated has helped your career?

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Yes, I will say that. You see the education we are talking about does much. If an illiterates decides to be a thief and a graduate decides to be a thief, education will go along way in prospering one better the other

How do you plan to celebrate your 75th birthday?

I don’t plan to celebrate it.

Why do you hardly throw parties?

You see, I took after my father. My father hardly attended any party. In fact, I saw my father dancing once in his life time. That was when Jehoval Jire African Church was to be dedicated in 1956. My father danced as the patron of the church. He danced for about 30 seconds. (Laughs)

Is that why you don’t want to throw a party?

You see, what I know about parties, my knowledge about parties, nothing good comes out of it. Many problems people face this days emanate  from throwing parties. If you don’t have any enemy try and throw a party.  You will immediately have enemies. This is because it won’t just be one.

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Many problems people face now, if you look deep into  them, you will know that they started from the day they threw a party. For example, many of the stories. I have written, series in  “Ogun Abele” on BCOS, my series on OGtv, “Amoye”, Eleti Ofe were true  stories from happenings in people’s lives. Ogun Abele emanated from somebody, who got married, 13 years without any issue.  The cause of the childlessness started from the story of how they threw a wedding party. But as the Lord  will have it, some body told them to go and meet Iya. The couple, played with her and she told them the reasons of  their childlessness just because of the food offered her at their party.

How is it like crying and mucus coming out of your nostrils?

Let me ask you, when you are given a huge sum of money,  how would you feel? You will cry. There is cry of joy and cry of sorrow. If you are expecting something and it suddenly drops on you, it will bring tears.

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Eniola Ajao: How I Met Adekola, He’s a disciplined Man i had to be going to Abeokuta to get His Attention

The relationship between my boss and I, Odunlade, is that of a boss and subordinate. I’ve known him for like over 10 years now. I’ve been in the industry for the past 16 years. I was somewhere before I went to school and came back to the industry.

What are the challenges of being a movie producer?

It has not been easy. Let me say capital wise you know you have to source for money, source for people who will help you handle the jobs because you cannot do it alone. I will just say I am at the right place and in a good hand. Whenever I want to produce my job, my boss always gives me time which is always okay for me because I know he brings out the best out of the job. Basically, I’m not always in a rush to do anything. I’m just privileged to be under somebody that is helping me out.

What is your first movie as a producer?

Daramola, that was my first production,

What was the challenge and experience?

The experience was not good because it was my first-trying to source for money, trying to think of the character, thinking of how to pay the people on set, and their welfare. As a producer, all the casts and crew members are on your neck. So you just have to look out for their well-being.

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Were your parents in support of you being an actress?

No. Actually, my dad wanted me to be an accountant. So he was against it before he died. And I promised him that I was going to finish my education, do whatever he wanted want me to do but at the same time I love acting. Acting is always what I’ve always wanted to do even when I was in secondary school. It has always been there. So, when I graduated I went into acting.

How did you get to meet him?

I met him in 2009 when I went to a location I think with the late Moji Olaiya. I saw him and I went to him. I told him I was a big fan and that I will like to join him. He then said he does not have a caucus in Lagos that his school is in Abeokuta. That was how it all started.

Did you go living in Abeokuta then?

No. I usually go for rehearsals every Wednesday. And I may come back that day if it’s not late or next.

Is that why you appear more in his movies?

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Maybe I should say I make myself available for his movies. He will not call you to say he has a role for you. He is a very disciplined man. So whenever I hear that there’s location in Abeokuta, I would pick my bag go there immediately.

So you have an automatic slot with him?

Because I am under him. Definitely everyone has a slot so far you make yourself available.

So what has been your experience, I mean, with male folks, male fans, I see a lot of comments on your Instagram page.

It’s not been easy. Some will call you a snob because most of them do not understand you. I’m not really an outgoing person so whenever they meet me, we just greet and move from there. Most want to create a relationship which I am not ready for.

Is that why they say you’re a snub? Don’t you want to make friends?

Not that I don’t want to make friends. It’s just my nature and at the same time, they don’t understand. Okay, you want to take a picture with me and you want to hold me and we are outside. I mean it’s not okay at all.

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How do you reply your male admirers without knocking them off?

I don’t always know what to say and I don’t want to be rude. So it’s better to ignore.

But what about the male folks in the industry, those who admire and love you? How do manage them, mixing emotions with profession

It depends on how you relate with them. I’ve people who have asked me out in the industry and I turned them down. You hear people say that in the industry they sleep with one another. But it’s what you want. Nobody can force you to do anything in this life. It takes two to tango. So anybody that’s harassed put herself in that position.

Have you been harassed sexually on a movie set, like no sex no role?

Never! At what age?

How do you manage your fellow ladies- the betrayal, the gossip?

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That’s a good question. I am more of an introvert, I don’t really go out. So most times, I have, you know, lovely people around me like my siblings. And most times, I don’t associate more with my mates. I associate with people who are older than I am. They tell me things and put me through about life, so you won’t see me where they are gossiping. I can’t control what people say about me but I can control their perception of me. Anybody that gossips about me it’s their choice, but you won’t see me gossiping about people because I won’t put myself in that situation. So you don’t just say anything about me. That doesn’t mean I don’t go to party.

You just came back from traveling from Ibadan and tomorrow you’re going on a movie set, Wednesday in Abeokuta, how do you balance this with the family life?

Well, my people understand the kind of job I do and they understand me.

Are you married?

No, but soon.

The relationship between my boss and I, Odunlade, is that of a boss and subordinate. I’ve known him for like over 10 years now

How do you find time to relax with your busy schedules, movie location and everything?

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Most times I take two days off or a week and travel out of the country.

What else do you do aside from acting?

There are other things I will be doing in the future. I’m a business person. Let’s see how things unfold.

It is often perceived that Yoruba movies are local and English is ‘posh’ and English actors make more money than Yoruba actors.

It is because they shoot their own films in English. There’s nothing spectacular about them and they can see us as razz people. Most of their productions are low budget productions. All those ones they did in Onitsha. They don’t have storylines. We do. Yorubas believe in helping one another. Feature in mine and I will feature in yours which doesn’t happen in English Nollywood movies.

Yoruba movie industry is always based on relationships which is killing the business aspect of the industry. It’s one of the things I’m not happy about. You call me for a role and you want to pay me 200k for a role I should collect like 1million for. It’s not nice. And if I agree to do it for 200k that means I will call you to do mine for me for that amount.

So professionally the English part of the industry has the edge

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They are not doing anything spectacular. We have a better story line. But we need to invest. They are investing their money in it. That is all they are doing. Absolutely, nothing else. So we need to cut our low budget productions. If you want to produce like five films in a year, reduce it to two or one, put your money together and produce that just one film and make it a standard one.

I’ve not seen any Yoruba movie in the cinema yet.

There are Yoruba movies in cinema. Yes. Some Southwest cinemas take it from us but if it’s not like 70% English and 30% Yoruba, some cinemas like Silverbird will not accept it from you.

You’re planning on working on cinema movie. Would you be producing a full length Yoruba movie?

Most definitely. I won’t want to do that because even this life, you have to mix both Yoruba and English together.

Are you a twin because people call you Ejire?

Yes, I am. I have a twin sister. We look alike but not very identical.

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“I hate Love, I caught my man in bed with another woman” – Adedimeji Lateef’s wife Mo Bimpe says as she breaks into tears (Video)

I hate Love, I caught my man in bed with another woman – Adedimeji Lateef’s wife Mo Bimpe says as she breaks into tears (Video)

In a recent video, actress Oyebade Adebimpe, also known as Mo Bimpe, who is the wife of well-known Nollywood actor Adedimeji Lateef, sobs as she discusses how much she despises love.

Mo Bimpe revealed in the video she posted on her official Instagram profile last night, January 6, 2023, that she had found the love of her life having a sexual encounter with another lady.

Mo Bimpe, who is currently in the United States with her partner Lateef, claims that the lady her partner has an affair with is an intern she brought to him.

In the video, Mo Bimpe voiced her extreme resentment as she said that her lover had broken her because of her love for him and further characterized him as ungrateful and deserving of death.

However, a closer look at the video reveals that the actress is delivering a monologue for the #KAVxLaCaseraMakeItHappenAuditions competition.

See reactions that have started trailing the video of Mo Bimpe below;

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Checkout Famous Female Celebrities And Their Pregnancy Photos

2022 has been an amazing year for most female celebrities, as many of them announced the news of their pregnancies on social media.

However, most of these celebrities could his their joy, as they keep thrilling their fans and other social media users with stunning pictures of themselves stepping out with multiple pregnancy outfits, as they flaunt their baby bumps.

Rounding up the year, let’s check out some of the female celebrities who followed the trend of showing off their baby bump online this year;

• Famous American singer, Rihanna didn’t failed to inspire her fans during her pregnancy period, as she thrilled many fashion lovers with multiple pregnancy outfits, flaunting her baby bumps. Below are some of her pregnancy outfits that inspire lots of her fans.

• Another Female singer that followed this trend is Kash Doll, the rapper keeping updating her fans with multiple pictures of her self flaunting her baby bump.

• Beautiful Australian model, Shanina Shaik, didn’t allow her pregnancy to interfere with her modelling career, as she kept walking on the runway of different fashion shows, flaunting their pregnancy outfits.

She also flooded her social media page with multiple pictures of herself flaunting her baby bump.

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• Another American singer that falls under this category is Jhené Aiko, as she welcomed a child with her celebrity lover, Big Sean.

During her pregnancy period, she took to her social media handler to show off her baby bump.

• American reality television personality, singer and actress, Heidi Blair Pratt is among the beautiful women that welcomed a child this year. Before her delivery, she flaunted cute pictures of herself flaunting her baby bump.

It may interest you to know that Nigerian celebrities are not left out as a good number of individuals from different sectors of the Nigerian entertainment industry showed off their baby dump on social media.

• Famous Nigerian dancer, Korra Obidi, didn’t stay a week without flaunting her pregnancy pictures online, as she kept her fans updated with videos and pictures of herself flaunting her pregnancy.

• Another celebrity dancer who did the same is Jemena, the popular dancer who welcomed her first child this year kept inspiring other women with her cute pregnancy photoshoots.

• Female comedian, Kiekie got lots of her fans talking when she first revealed her baby dump online.

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The actress and comedian, kept flaunting her pregnancy photoshoots online, as she received lots of congratulatory messages form her fans.

• Beautiful Nollywood actress and movie producer, Actress Amarachi Igidimbah made headlines on social media when she revealed she was pregnant and expecting her first child. Below are some pregnancy pictures she flaunted.

• Nigerian actress, Seilat Adebola Adebowale, welcomed her first child this year. See lovely pictures of the actress flaunting her pictures.

• Nollywood actress, Christabel Egbenya joined the league of proud mothers this year. The beautiful actress thrilled many of her fans with pictures of her baby bump.

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