To say the new talents are gradually taking over not just the Yoruba movie scene alone but the entire Nigerian entertainment industry is like stating the obvious. This is because these sets of new acts are working endlessly to get to the top overnight. Their dexterity is incomparable. The Yoruba movie industry is no doubt produces several new actors yearly of which after a while, some of them get to limelight while others dumps the profession for another lucrative vocations. These sets of actors are the ones the industry recently produced and the boys are doing well for themselves in the industry. However, City People writes on 20 promising actors to watch out in 2016.
Abdulateef Adetola Adedimeji is one of the up and coming actors who are making wave in the Yoruba movie industry. Recently, he featured in a movie titled “Last Assignment” produced by Tawa Ajinsefini. They both got married in the flick which was based on contract, but this became an issue on social media when he was alleged to have secretly married the actress due to the location picture that was released.
Emmanuel Taiwo Tonade is one of the hottest new actors in the Yoruba movie industry at the moment after featuring and produced a lot of blockbuster flicks. Taiwo was born from the popular family of Tonade in Ipetu, Ogun state. He attended Saint Agnes Primary School, Yaba and later joined Western College, Yaba before he gained admission at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in 2010 to study marketing for his National and Higher National Diploma Certificates. He is currently pursuing another degree at the University of Lagos. Acting for him started in 2002 when he joined a movie caucus headed by Elder Samuel Showunmi and he got his freedom from him in 2010. Having not rest on his oars, he started producing his own movies in 2013. He has produced 3 fantastic movies including IFE OWU, OFIN ILUMI and IRIRI NLA.
Ololade Mustapha Sholagbade is a very popular actor in the industry. He joined the industry through Odunfa Caucus many years ago and he has carved a niche for himself. He was emerged the winner of the 2014 Yoruba Heritage Awards. The actor and producer won the most promising actor of the year category and many more awards.
Another young man in the industry who has on several occasions proved himself to be a professional is the producer of a popular blockbuster movie, Ahun that was released a couple of months ago, Olasunkanmi Akanni also known as Olohunyo. He is a native of Ondo Town, Ondo State; he started his career as an actor 7 years back at a movie caucus in Ondo before he later relocated to Lagos. Having moved down to Lagos, he joined late Musa Ajala Konka’s group before he later left to be part of Adekola Tijani Golugo where he finished all he needed to know about acting. He usually play the role of an herbalist and he is very good at it.
Seun Sean Jimoh is one of the actors currently making a statement in the Yoruba movie industry. He is known to be playing the role of a lover boy and armed robber. His role in the movie titled Eje Tutu produced by Rasaq Owooniran was exceptional. He also played a vital role in Tope Osoba’s recent movie titled Single Ladies.
If you have seen a movie titled 6:6 (Mefa Mefa), and then you will know that Yinka Salau needs no more introductions has the talented actor acted extraordinary in the flick. His acting prowess is fantastic. He got to the industry not long ago but he has carved a niche for himself.
Apart from the fact that he is among the new actors doing well in the industry, Korede Wealth Obasan is also a movie producer. He has produced several movies in the past including the one which made his face known to the followers of Yoruba movie industry, and it is titled Agbaje.
Kola Ajeyemi popularly known as Awilo is one of the fast rising actors who have kept us glue to our Television screens over the years. His incursion into action wasn’t an accident but a passion he has kept inside of him burning since childhood. The Ogbomosho born, Abeokuta based actor was with Odunlade Adekola before he parted ways with him to stand alone.
Ayanfe Adekunle, popularly known as MONSURU is a fast rising Yoruba actor. He is a graduate of Ajibode Grammar School and he gained admission to study theater arts at the University of Ibadan and immediately after his graduation, he delved into acting. He is known as a comic actor acting alongside Akorede Okunu. Ayanfe is also one of the lecturers at Femi Adebayo’s J-15 school of Performing Arts.
Akin Kolapo, otherwise known as Richie Banks is a new hunk off the Yoruba extraction. The rising actor who is living big in Ibadan, Oyo State is the producer of Motoroloju, Ebu Ika and Kuti. Apart from acting, he is also a businessman who travels abroad to get goods for his business. He is the boss of Richie Boutique and Richie Unisex Salon located at Bodija Ibadan.
A fast-rising star in the Yoruba movie industry, Muyiwa Olorode was in the news sometimes ago when he won his debut award and he dedicated it to Odunlade Adekola. Muyiwa, fondly called Mix Rozay by his friends and fans, emerged the Best Upcoming Actor 2014 at the Peers-In-Town award ceremony.
Debo Adedayo, also known as Mr Macaroni is a popular actor, compere, host and entertainer. He is currently a student of Theatre and Film Studies at the Redeemers University. He featured in series of movies such as Ifa Iwa, Omo Eko, Kajola, D.N.A, Ojo Keje, Imole, to mention but a few. He also featured in soap operas and English movies like Mistresses, Armour, Nowhere To Be Found, Face To Face. He is currently planning for his first movie production later this year which will be titled ‘Mr Macaroni. Recently, he won Youth Actor of the Year Award at the All Nigerian Universities Crest Awards (ANUCA) 2015.
Sola Olaibi aka Mr Gaji is a well-known actor, producer, production manager and a comedian. He joined Legacy Caucus headed by actor cum movie director, Kunle Afod a few years ago but he has been able to establish himself in the industry. Some of the movies he produced are Tiwon Si Konga, Obara, Elegede and Ayepemeji.
In the Yoruba movie industry, Ola Sarumi is one of the promising and popular actors who have carved a niche for himself. He delved into acting a decade ago via Odufa Caucus and after his graduation with them, he moved to the New York Film Academy for more knowledge about film-making. Ola has produced many blockbuster flicks including Oke, Toriola, Adalute and Iwa. Recently, the very industrious Saromi ventured into car business which he now dabble with acting.
Kolade oyewande aka Highlander is one of the actors currently rocking the industry. Apart from the fact that he is one of the hottest who make things happen in the industry, he is also a prominent movie producer. He is the producer of OMO COLONEL, which featured lot of star artistes like Odunlade Adekola, Akin Lewis, Bidemi Kosoko, Kolade Oyewande, Mide Martins and many others.
U.K –based actor and producer, Tomiwa Alajogun, is on the verge of making his mark in the Nigerian movie industry. Film lovers have begun to see his impact from April 2014 when he premiered his two Films. The movies directed by Tunde Ola Yusuf featured the likes of Jide Kosoko, Ayo Adesanya and Lola Ajibola. The producer, who horned his talent at the Manchester school of acting, has featured in a couple of U.K weekly.
Akinosho Ayodeji popularly known as Deji Coco is an Actor and a movie Producer, he acted in numerous movies like Jeje, Alajota, Itan Mi, Iku Doro which bagged him his first award, Revelation Of Year 2011, Best of Nollywood, Kijipa Ife, that also got him his first Nomination for City People Award Entertainment in 2014. Deji produced two movies, Jeje in 2005 and Ife Ewe in 2007.
Fast rising actor cum producer, Femi Oni who came into acting through the help of Idowu Balogun in 2006 is one of the wave making actors rocking the industry at the moment.
PRINCE ASAWALE ASANIKE
Ibadan born hip hop artiste Hon. Jerry K with real name, Prince Asawale Asanike is one of the sons of late Olubadan, Oba Yusuf Oloyede Asanike 1 . The multitalented actor joined Yoruba movie industry not long ago. He aspired for the Oyo State House of Assembly in the last general elections under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party but he was denied the ticket.
Babajide Awobona is one of the fast rising actors rocking Yoruba movie industry. He has featured in lots of soaps and movies including Family Ties, Champions of our Time, The Ransom, Tinsel, Edun Ara, Eku Meji, Igbinmo and many others. His role in a movie titled Ayipada made him an actor to reckon with in the industry at all time. He is one of the actors to watch out for in 2016.
-culled from city people magazine