Popualr Yoruba Actor, Olutayo Amokade, popularly known as Ijebu, says building his own house has saved him from the harassment he usually faced from landlords and estate security agents.
During the week, the actor took to Instagram to announce that he was now a landlord.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, Ijebu said, “This is my first house. I can’t find the right words to describe how happy I am but I feel so happy living in my own home with no landlord or estate security agents harassing me by asking to know my whereabouts or requesting that I come home early while I am at a movie shoot location. Those were some of the things I faced as a tenant. I started building the house in February 2020, and I am really grateful to God for helping me complete it.”
Baring his mind on the quality of Nollywood movies, the actor said, “Lack of financial capital is the major reason for having some low-quality movies in Nollywood. The people most affected are up-and-coming actors who cannot afford the cost of producing good movies, and end up making low-quality movies due to their low budget. Although I love being comical in movies, I always make sure I add value to whatever script I act. I infuse comedy into my acting with the intent to ease the tension of viewers’. The entire Nollywood is underfunded, not just the Yoruba section of the industry. There are people like myself who don’t like requesting money from marketers or anyone to produce movies. It would be better if the government supports the movie industry by funding Nollywood. That would help improve the quality of movies produced in the country.”
On disparity between the English, Yoruba and Hausa sections of Nollywood, Ijebu said, “I really do not understand the reason for the division within Nollywood because that was how I met it. Although we relate with one another across all segments of Nollywood, I do not think that it would ever change because some selfish persons who are in a position to unify Nollywood under an umbrella would never do that due to the benefits they get from the division in the industry. Meanwhile, if there was unity in Nollywood, it would be easier to get funding from government or appropriate bodies as it is obtainable in the United States of America.”