Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji, has revealed how his role in “Ayinla“, has become a gamechanger in his career. The 35-years old actor said he had always wanted to feature in a Tunde Kelani film, even if it was a cameo appearance.The actor made the revelation on Wednesday 7th July 2021 at the unveiling of ‘Ile Alayo’, a comedy series produced by Femi Adebayo.
“Ayinla set me on a mood way beyond my imagination. I have always prayed for all my life that someday I’ll do a “waka pass” on a Tunde Kelani’s set, so it was shocking to me when I got the lead. Ayinla was away from my usual,” he said.
“For me, it was a shock when I saw the reception of Ayinla. I saw the way people appreciated it. It was a shock that people can really appreciate our own culture and our own movie like this.
What are we waiting for? If that can be done, then we all just need to wake up from our slumber and do some meaningful projects that will portray us well and then people can come and appreciate it.”
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Lateef Adedimeji said playing the lead role in the “Ayinla“ biopic was “quite challenging” because he had never read or watched any video about the late Apala singer, Ayinla Omowura.
“I’m never a fan of Apala music, I don’t know who Ayinla is until I got the script. So it was quite challenging for me. There was no video recording of him, no documentation of him at all. Every characterisation and mannerism was me building it up from stories about him. It was a very challenging task for me, and I really loved it.”
Directed by Tunde Kelani, and co-produced by Jade Osiberu’s Greoh Studios, “Ayinla“ has become a box office success since its release on 18th June 2021.
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