As a lover of Yoruba movies, you can’t help but admire the skills of Odunlade Adekola. He has shown in a thousand movies that he has what it takes to stay as the number one Actor in the Yoruba movie industry even in years to come.
However, there just one obstacle that has been stopping this talented Actor from gaining his fame in English movie. This is his inability to flow in Queen’s English.. The problem has become a thing of worry in the minds of fans who love him very much.
According to one of them who complained bitterly about his deficiency, ‘Odunlade is a fantastic actor but he needs to improve a bit on his spoken English. We were together when film-maker, Kunle Afolayan had its first airing of the movie ‘CEO’ on Air France flight 149 from Lagos to Paris. While guests were being interview by various news media outfits on board, the actor sounds incoherent in his speech. His body language, composure while the interview lasted shows the fear in his voice in expressing himself in Queen’s language.The interactive section with other guests was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Odunlade was so laid back; in fact it was an eye sore to behold’.
Further revealed that the producer of the movie CEO, Kunle Afolayan is a great fan of Odunlade Adekola. And would have prefer to star Odunlade in lieu of Wale Ojo in the movie CEO, assuming Odun is eloquent in English language. The CEO project would have been a turnaround for Odunlade’s career; because he would have been opportune to tour so many film festivals around the world alongside the award-winning Producer which would have been a platform for networking and exposure on a bigger stage.
Aside losing out in Kunle Afolayan’s CEO project, Odunlade has also rejected countless of scripts from top producers from the English arm of Nollywood. Also, it was reported that politicians, businessmen and corporate brands do invites Odunlade to their gigs to act as Master of Ceremony (MC) in order to use his status as a popular face for publicity gimmicks but no matter the amount involved, as long as it will require him speaking English, Odun will turn down the offer.
Further digs revealed that Odunlade’s lack of sound and proper education affect his ethical behavior, though he has eventually put in for a degree course in university of Lagos.
Although through the help of good management team, Odunlade Adekola got himself few juicy endorsement deal with Glo (Tele Communication giant) and Conoil (Multinational Oil Company)
However, the countless opportunities that he has missed in time past and recently due to his deficiency in Queen’s language seems to be a source of major concern and worries for the highly revered actor.
[Source: Playground NG, Slickson]