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Adeoluwa Akintoba talks about his favorite actors, thirsty DMs, the future of Nollywood, and more.

Adeoluwa Akintoba is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new talents in modern-day Nollywood. The young actor is swiftly becoming a recurrent favorite on the silver screens thanks to his meticulous show of skill and talent. Even when he plays supporting roles, Akintoba brings to the table performances that are usually reminiscent of a lead man. For instance, in the Biodun Stephen’s directed ‘Sista’ (2022), he plays the role of Fola jnr, who is a devoted Son of a single mother (Kehinde Bankole). In the flick, Adeoluwa Akintoba delivers an impeccable performance worthy of reckoning.

Akintoba replicates this delivery in his latest role in the ongoing drama series titled ‘Slum King‘ (2023) starring the likes of Tobi Bakre, Gideon Okeke, Charles Inojie, and much-revered actor, Kanayo o Kanayo. In ‘Slum King’, he plays the younger version of the lead actor, Tobi Bakre.

 His enthralling performance as ‘Edafe’ proves pivotal in depicting Slum King’s coming-of-age storytelling and has been lauded by critics and fans alike as one of the show’s most outstanding efforts.

Throughout his short yet blooming career as an actor, Akintoba has been blessed (as he acutely champions) and latches on to this blessing, seeking bigger opportunities to showcase his mettle as an actor.

One apparent thing about the actor is that he firmly believes in himself and transcends this belief through his commitment to the pursuit of excellence; such is evident in the actor’s daily routine, one that surprisingly involves a scheduled prayer and meditation session with his creator: an act that depicts his dedication to holistic building.

Kehinde Bankole and Adeoluwa Akintoba in the movie, ‘Sista

In this latest interview, Adeoluwa Akintoba shares some of his experiences and thoughts with Upper Entertainment’s Sijibomi Anifowose.

 Describe your childhood days.

Honestly, I have always considered myself a lucky lad. I grew up in a supportive and happy home. Growing up, if I were to keep it a buck, I was quite privileged. I had the best education, the basic toys and gadgets a boy could dream of and I lived in a decent environment. This is not to say that I had it all easy. Of course, there were also personal challenges along the way. But overall, I am grateful for my childhood for sure.

What drove your zeal for acting, was it always inherent or was it a talent you had picked along the road?

Acting was something I did for recreation at the time. I was often involved in church and high school drama, even extending to my university days. It was a thing I had fun doing but never gave much thought to it, up until I got laid off at a radio station where I was working in Ibadan. The incident changed my trajectory, as I was stuck in a dilemma. Luckily, an Uncle of mine urged me to pick up acting as I had already shown a prior interest in the craft. Honestly, I would say it’s the mixture of both inherent traits and a picked skill. I don’t know if that makes sense. I think it does.

What role would you call your breakout role?

I was featured in an indie movie called ‘Double Ransom’ in 2017, but it wasn’t until four years later when I starred in Niyi Akinmolayan’s ‘Prophetess’ that I started getting noticed and taken seriously as an actor. However, I would say my breakout role was in ‘Sista’ where I played Femi Jr. The role provided me with a real opportunity to shine.

What character of yours would you say has been the most tasking yet?

Has to be Edafe in ‘Slum King’. That character pushed me to extremes that I wasn’t aware I was capable of. I am thankful for the role and equally grateful for the loving cast and crew who helped me in shaping the character to life.

Who are some of your biggest cinematic inspirations?

 I have a few on my list of actors that inspire me. One of them is my co-star, Tobi Bakre. In fact,  I was telling him how much I admired his come-up only a day ago. He inspires me because he is such a go-getter. The way he transcended from a reality TV show character to one of the most sought-after leading men in Nollywood is beyond inspiring. His mindset is phenomenal.

 I also respect Timini Egbuson. At some point, I was eager to be his assistant (laughs). That was how bad I wanted to learn from the man. If not for my parents, who were reluctant because they felt I was way more than a personal assistant prospect, I could have worked under him. Because at the time, I didn’t mind at all oh.

 To be honest, it only made more sense when Timini himself had frowned at the idea of me being his P.A. He told me I was meant for more, and that stuck with me. I also love Ramsey Noah a lot. Internationally, my man is Leonardo Dicaprio. He is just so extraordinary, you know.

What are your thoughts on Nollywood’s current growth as regards financial backing from streaming companies such as PrimeVideo, Netflix, Amazon, etc.?

My bro, I can’t stress how proud I am of the heights the Nigerian film industry has been able to attain of late. Of course, there are still many areas that need improvement but the truth must be said. Nollywood has seen a remarkable shift in the quality of movie productions, which has been largely due to the financial resources provided by streaming companies like Prime Video, Amazon, and the like, and I think that is phenomenal, man.

I also think one of the best parts of this new era is that it allows youngsters like myself, Tomi Ojo, Mike Afolarin, Genoveva Umeh, and others the platform to soar. There are so many young and gifted talents out here In Nigeria and Africa as a whole, and I strongly feel that with the leverage gained from these giant investors, coupled with the power of social media, the opportunities are boundless.

If there was one thing you could change in Nollywood, what would that be?

I wouldn’t say change per se, rather, I would opt to include. I feel the Nigerian film industry should have more dedicated film institutions other than the very few renowned ones. This would help in the overall development and training required to be on the uttermost level.

Who is your Favorite co-star?

(Laughs) this is dicey. I have loved working with all my co-stars, but in particular, l have enjoyed working with Kehinde Bankole and Tobi Bakre the most. Kehinde Bankole is such a big sister and a huge inspiration to me, as well as Tobi. There is always something to learn from him.

Favorite Director and why?

Niyi Akinmolayan, simply because he was one of the few who gave me a shot at acting, especially when I wasn’t vast in experience. He had a seamless faith in me. Plus, his work ethic is amazing as well. I also doff my hat to Biodun Stephen. Honestly, all the directors I have worked with have been awesome.

What are some of the crazy fan encounters you have experienced?

I love my fans, and I consider it a blessing to be loved for what I do. I can not emphasize this enough. So far, I think my most crazy fan encounters, so to speak, are usually online. Sometimes, I get constant dms from female fans who express their love for me, and even go as far as sending me unclad images and stuff (laughs). I mean, it’s that crazy. Some of them are even married women. I make sure not to indulge them, by politely disregarding certain outrageous messages.

What is your Favorite movie of all time?

Wolf of Wall Street.

Finally, what advice would you give to an up-and-coming actor who is looking to start a career in acting but has no idea how?

I would say, put God first and put yourself out there. We are in the social media era, the opportunities are everywhere. In addition, if you are an aspiring actor who is serious about his or her craft, you must have an actor Headshot. It all boils down to putting yourself out there, you never know who is watching.

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