Yemi Shodimu, a veteran actor and direct character in the timeless film “Oleku”, on Friday explained quite a few Nigerians took him for a cultist, a function r he acted in the motion picture.
Shodimu acted the character of Ajani, a cult member in `Oleku’ made by Tunde Kelani in 1997.
He told the News Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the character was not his accurate individuality.
Shodimu, also a television presenter and motion picture director, said that Nigerians need to be capable to differentiate an actor’s identity from his part in a participate in.
“Some people are unable to even now differentiate amongst Yemi Shodimu in truth and Ajani in the participate in, `Oleku’.
“Imagine anyone stopping me a pair of months again, supplying selected indicators and expecting me to answer I bought to know that these indicators were being for a particular magic formula cult which I acted as a member in `Oleku’.
“The truth of the matter is that I have hardly ever been any where shut to becoming a cultist apart from staying a palm wine consuming club member which I also portrayed in the enjoy.
“I experienced to examine that specific job properly in advance of staying in a position to act it perfectly,” he reported.
Shodimu said that the finest problem he had in the movie was being familiar with Ajani’s character perfectly to depict the actual job Oleku’s producer preferred.
According to him, knowing the position concerned much investigate.
“Before I could interpret the purpose properly, I did a good deal of analysis into what existence was like in the College of Ibadan and other universities due to the fact I needed to imbibe the character of Ajani in the college.
“It took a extensive time to get into that character, it took a great deal of power to retain it and it took a considerably extended time to get out of it.
“It was seriously a challenging a single for me the film was released decades in the past and we by no means understood it was heading to be that significant.
“I really feel we shot the film earlier than we should since if it had been now, we would be telling a unique tale as it will even further realign us with our tradition,” he mentioned.
NAN reviews that `Oleku’ birthed the trend of knee-length `Iro and buba’ known as Oleku in Yorubaland.