Meet 30 Movie Veterans Who Are From KWARA

Meet 30 Movie Veterans Who Are From KWARA


It’s no more news that the movie industry is blessed with multi-talented stars from all works of life and different parts of the country. But the fact still remains that a lot of ‘A’-list highly celebrated and respected movie pioneers and veterans especially in the Yoruba movie industry are from Kwara State. The state is indeed blessed with multi-talented people who have kept us entertained for decades and still doing that and we feel it is necessary to once in a while celebrate these highly talented stars, who are not just good in what they do but also made us proud to be Nigerians at all time. City People Senior Showbiz Reporter, BIODUN ALAO brings you names of movie stars from Kwara State.

Femi
Adebayo is a Lawyer, famous actor, producer, director and special adviser to
the Governor of Kwara State and above all, he is the son of the highly
respected movie veteran Adebayo Salami popularly known as “Oga Bello”, though
Femi was born in Lagos but he is from Ilorin in Kwara State.

He is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in-law. He began acting in 1985 and till date he has featured in over 500 movies and won several awards both home and abroad. He is also the founder of J.15 Movie Academy, which has produced a lot of movie stars in the industry today. You can’t talk about the top 3 best movie actors in the Yoruba movie industry and Femi’s name will not make the list, he is very good at what he does and his role interpretations is close to perfection.

Adebayo
Salami popularly known as Oga Bello is not just a famous actor but a highly
respected veteran in the indusry, who has not only produced over 200 “A”-list
movie stars that pass through his training in the industry but also most of his
children took after him in the entertainment industry. This multi-talented
veteran actor is popularly known for playing the role of a father in movies and
he features both in English and Yoruba movies. He is from Kwara State, though
born and bred in Lagos State and he began acting in 1964 under the leadership
of Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, which later metamorphosed into Awada Kerikeri
Theatre Group following the death of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, and this group has
produced lots of “A”-list stars today. He is a pioneer member of the
Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and in the cause of his
career, he has won several awards home and abroad for his immense contribution
to the entertainment industry in Nigeria.

Yomi
Alore popularly known as Yomi Gold is another fantastic actor from Ilorin in
Kwara State, he had his primary education in Kwara State before proceeding to
Ibadan for High School and later to University of Ilorin, where he bagged
Diploma in Public Administration, he started acting professionally in 2010, he
joined Odunfa caucus in 2004 through Alhaji Yinka Quadri who is his mentor in
the industry. He is no doubt a successful actor cum producer in the Yoruba
movie industry. He has featured in a good number of movies and also produced
few in the industry.

Yinka
Quadri is a highly respected movie maker, actor and director, born and bred in
Lagos Island but from Oro in Kwara State. He is the President and Co-founder of
a Theatre Art Group Odunfa caucus, which has also produced notable stars in the
industry such as Funke Akindele, Fathia Balogun, Saidi Balogun, Bimbo Oshin and
a host of others. He is from Igbomina in Kwara State. He had his primary and
secondary education in Lagos State.

His
acting career began in 1976 when he formed Odunfa caucus alongside, Taiwo
Hassan, Abbey Lanre and Ara Osan when you talk about the pioneers of Yoruba movie
industry, definitely names like Yinka Quadri will definitely make the list.

Kunle
Afolayan is a famous and exceptional filmmaker cum director in the
entertainment industry is of the Igbomina Yoruba descent in Kwara State.

He began his career in the Banking sector and later decided to move into full filmmaking and took a course at the New York Film Academy and he has worked with practically all the big names in the entertainment industry and he is popular for producing blockbuster movies such as Figurine, October 1st, Phone Swap and a host of others. He is no doubt, one of the very best movie producers and directors Nigeria is blessed with and he is in the industry with his other siblings.

Gabriel Afolayan is a multi-talented and multiple award-winning superstar cum singer and popularly known as G fresh and the younger brother of an award-winning movie producer Kunle Afolayan, and the son of one of the pioneers of the Nollywood industry.

Adeyemi Afolayan popularly known as “Adelove”. He is from Agbamu Irepodun Local Government Area in Kwara State. He had most of his educations in Ibadan and also a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan and further study of Performing Arts at Drama School, Brixton London. He started his acting career in 1990 and was shot to limelight with his role in Tade Ogidan’s movie “Madam Dearest”, his love for acting and music has really stood him out amongst his colleagues, he has released several albums with hit singles such as Kokoro Ife, Awelewa, and others. His talents and role interpretation is close to perfection.

Aremu Afolayan is another successful actor and businessman, he is one of the Afolayan brothers doing exceptionally well in the movie industry. He is very popular for his movie Idamu Akoto, though you don’t get to see him feature in movies back to back like his other siblings because he is concentrating more on business.

Moji Afolayan Olayiwola is an actress cum filmmaker and known for her natural beauty and very calm nature. She is the daughter of the late filmmaker Adelove. She hails from Agbamu in Irepodun Local Government Area in Kwara State but grew up in Lagos Staet. She is the first and only daughter of Adelove and a sister to actors Kunle, Aremu and Gabriel Afolayan. She got married in 2004 to fellow actor Rasaq Olayiwola a.k.a. Ojopagogo after they met at a movie location in Ibadan and their union is blessed with children.

Toyin
Afolayan popularly known as “Lola Idije”. She is the aunt of movie producer,
Kunle Afolayan, it was the late Adelove that introduced her to acting. She was
born in Agbamu Kwara State and her role in the movie titled “Deadly Affair”
shot her to limelight in 1995. She is also popular for the movie “Irapada” by
Kunle Afolayan. She is known to play hard roles in movies.

Ibrahim Chatta is also a multi-talented and multiple award winning actor, producer and director who is known for his roles in Yoruba movies. He is from Kwara State and he came to limelight for his role in the movie “Aiyekooto” and has sense featured in loads of movier and due to his exceptional role interpretation in movies, he as won several awards home and abroad and worked with the very best in the movie industry. One thing many love Ibrahim Chatta for is the fact that he fits perfectly into any role and interprets them exceptionally well and this explains why he is rated one of the very best in the Yoruba movie industry.

Lasun Ray Eyiwunmi is an actor, director and brilliant filmmaker from Kwara State. He is a Computer Science graduate and one of late Pa. Ray Eyiwunmi’s children. He started his acting career in 1972 and produced his first movie titled “Korede”. He is the founder of Lasun Ray School of Drama and he is happily married with kids.





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