MEET THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED STAR ACTRESSES, LOLA ALAO, MERCY AIGBE & MOJI OLAIYA
Olaide Olabanji is a popular name in the Yoruba movie industry. He has been in the business for a very long time having worked as an actor, producer and movie director. The Kwara State-born dude is the producer of blockbusters like Boya Lemo, Orule, Mawoju E, Final Year, Die Minute, No Comment, Sebi Eyan Ni and several others. He is the CEO of Laiban film productions. He got into acting about 2 decades ago and shot his first production, Omo Welfare in 1993.
Asides the fact that he developed the interest of going into acting from his days in primary school, he was inspired by late Ade Love before he eventually joined through Odunifa Movie Caucus. Before he delved into acting in 1992, he worked with Nigerian Port Authorities and ever since he joined, he has been doing well for himself in the industry.
One thing that stands Olabanji out of other producers is that he is passionate about helping upcoming stars in exhibiting their talents. Those he discovered include star actresses, Lola Alao, Moji Olaiya and Mercy Aigbe..
He met Lola Alao through his colleague, Ayo Mogaji and he introduced her in his first production titled, Boya Lemo in 1993 which eventually registered Lola’s name on people’s minds.
At the time he met Moji Olaiya, she was featuring in a TV weekly series called Ireti Nbe which Olaide was carried away with her performance before he invited her to star in his movie titled Mawo Ju E which was shot in Dayo Adeneye D1’s house in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria.
An inside source disclosed that Mercy Aigbe was working at an office on the Island while she was also living in the same compound with Olaide’s brother in Gbagada, Lagos before Olaide walked up to her to convince to go into acting. Her first appearance was in Olaide’s movie titled Sebi Eyan Ni where she played the lead role and it was that movie that brought her to the limelight.
These three actresses are today icons in the Yoruba movie industry. Come 16th November 2014, the multi-talented actor will premiere his latest movie at De Hall Event Centre, Awolowo Way, Ikeja.