MEET NOLLYWOOD ACTORS WHO DON’T HAVE AUTOMOBILES
A notable veteran actor, playwright and lecturer of integrity, elder Adebayo Faleti can be described as one of the few nollywood actors who inspire others in the 'make-believe' industry.
Regarded as a cultural icon and having spent several decades in the industry, 'Baba Faleti,' as he is fondly called, is known for his passion for epic movies.
It is also perceived that due to his personality and style, the ageing actor, who has taught many others the rudiments of acting, does not get involved in low quality films, especially those that lack cultural values.
Apart from acting, therefore, he has written many plays among which are Yoruba literature textbooks recommended by the West African Examination Council (WAEC), for secondary school students and others. Even, some of his children have started following his footsteps and are fast making-waves.
In spite of his immense contribution to the third best movie industry in the world, NollywoodReel can reveal that he is yet to acquire a 'wonder on wheel' to show for his 'sweat' in the industry for decades.
Esther Idowu Phillips a.k.a. Mama Rainbow
A prolific actress who has obviously paid her dues in the industry, Mama Rainbow has produced quite a number of films alongside her son, Femi, who is equally talented and hard working.
Even though she was said to have had an automobile which later broke down, she is currently moving about in town in hired cabs or her son's vehicle despite her tight schedules.
Francis Emmanuel, with his trade mark moustache, is one of the very enduring old actors in Nollywood. While some see him as a disciplinarian to the core, others perceive him to be an actor who would not compromise doing the right thing and at the right time.
He has also weathered all storms but financially, he does not seem to have hit it big.
He is one of the actors who have paid their dues in the industry, but have not gotten the best when it comes to reward.
Regarded as one of those who have contributed immensely to the growth of theatre arts in Nigeria, Fatomilola needs no introduction in the industry. Having taught some of those regarded as icons in the industry today, 'Uncle Peter', as he is fondly called, is fulfilled as an African actor.
Now a renowned theatre arts lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, he is one of the actors who passed through the tutelage of ace playwright and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.
The 60-year-old actor, who is currently planning to establish his own film institute where Ifa knowledge would also be imparted to the students, has not acquired an automobile to ease his trip to far-flung locations despite his acting prowess.
After featuring in many flicks both in Yoruba and English, Fred still prefers keeping a low profile.
A source close to the actor told NollywoodReel that he prefers taking a commercial motorcycle or cab whenever he is on official duty, and therefore considers buying an automobile, a waste of money.
Although there was a rumour that he was given a Kia Picanto car by Globacom for the promo advert he anchored for the telecommunication giant, he has no 'wonder on wheel' to show for his career as an actor.
Lanre Hassan a.k.a. Mama Awero
Prolific actress, Mama Awero, is no doubt a role model to many upcoming actresses in the movie industry, especially those in the Yoruba genre.
Having acted and produced many flicks, her effort has earned her many laurels both locally and internationally.
Coming to limelight with the likes of Prince Jide Kosoko, Adebayo Salami a.k.a. Oga Bello and Sunday Omobolanle (MON) a.k.a. Aluwe, during the days of Baba Mero Theatre Group, she had no problem adjusting to the latest demands of the theatre arts business in Nigeria.
Although successful, NollywoodReel can reveal that she is still not a proud owner of any automobile to ease her stress when called to duty as a crossover actress.
Gentle and versatile Ogugua, is a foremost actor in the English genre of the industry. Though not very popular by name, but by trade and style, he has carved a niche for himself in the industry.
He is also yet to buy a car. According to a source, he hardly loses sleep over not acquiring a fleet of cars, even though he has the means to do so.
This is one talented actor and film producer who works tirelessly just to make sure that his work speaks for him.
Having produced and acted in a number of hit movies, many would think he has acquired a fleet of cars to show for his success in the 'make-believe' act, especially his latest film Aso Odun, which was sponsored by the Lagos Television (LTV). He is yet to buy a car, after all.
Modupe Johnson a.k.a. Fali Werepe
She is one of those who hit the limelight in early in their career in the early 1990s.
Although she may have many stories to tell about her enduring spirit in the film industry, Fali Werepe, who has acted and produced a number of films, has no car yet.
Although less fancied by most movie watchers when it comes to choosing favourite actors in the industry, he has acted in a lot of flicks.
Even as he is perceived to be a very good driver in film due to his acting prowess, Adebayo is not a proud owner of any automobile.