MOVIE STARS WHO LIVE IN RENTED APARTMENTS (PART 1)
Kunle Bamtefa: Popularly known as Chief Fuji of the rested Amaka Igwe's Checkmate, a television drama of the early 1990s and now, Fuji House of Commotion, the veteran actor and broadcaster, is a role model to many upcoming artistes in Nollywood, having weathered all storms to rise to the peak of his career.
Despite his fame and wealth of experience, however, Bamtefa, who is a crossover actor, is still living in a rented apartment with his wife and children. Nollywood Reel even learnt that the landlord of his rented duplex recently sued him to court for not paying his house rent.
Saheed Balogun: Self-acclaimed 'African James Bond 007', Saheed Akolawole Balogun, is no doubt one of the most famous actors in Nollywood.
The crossover actor who was recently separated from his actress wife, Fathia, despite his fame, talent and good delivery of movie roles, still lives in a rented apartment.
Stella Damasus-Aboderin: No doubt, whenever successful actresses are mentioned in Nollywood, Stella Aboderin is usually among the first 10. This is because her antecedents and acting prowess has earned her the fame and glamour that come with stardom.
The pretty actress and widow of Jaye Aboderin, who had often been alleged to be in a love tango with some of her colleagues, is not yet a proud owner of a landed property. She still lives in a rented apartment in Lekki.
Wale Adebayo (Sango): This tall dude who hit stardom through his first role as the lead actor in Sango, an epic flick produced by Femi Lasode, is obviously living in affluence and wealth at the moment.
Adebayo, who was living with his parents' in Satellite Town until his sudden change of status after he featured in Sango, now lives in a rented apartment somewhere in Maryland, Lagos.
Fred Aseroma: When Frederick Aseroma featured in a promo for billionaire Mike Adenuga's Glomobile Network, many thought he had made mega bucks from the deal. But Aseroma is not living up to expectation, even if he made a fortune out of the deal.
The actor still lives in a rented apartment in Kings' Avenue, near Bemil Epiphany, Ojodu-Abiodun, Berger, Lagos.
Jide Kosoko: Apart from being the president of Association of Nigerian Theatre-Art Practitioners (ANTP), Kosoko is a Nollywood icon. For many upcoming artistes, he is a mentor and role model, due to his dexterity in the make-believe business. However, he still lives in a rented apartment in Lagos, despite his achievements and fame.
Jimi Iyke: Generally perceived as a 'bad boy' and 'sex symbol' in Nollywood, he is a popular figure in the Nigerian film industry. No doubt, he has made money, fame and connections after he quit his banking career some years ago for the make-believe business, but disappointingly, he still lives in a rented house.
Segun Arinze: Obviously, Arinze is a household name in Nollywood. This, however, may not be unconnected with the 'bad boy' roles he plays perfectly in movies, especially the most popular, Black Arrow which he did sometime in the 1990s.
Arinze, who has now added another feather to his cap by grabbing the microphone and working on his debut musical album, lives in a rented home.
Ramsey Nuoah: Although much has not been heard about this 'Oyinbo' actor, Nuoah after he had a close shave with death, is still a major player in Nollywood. Even though sources close to the actor squealed that he is still financially bouyant, he still lives in a rented house.
Shan George: Crossover actress, Shan George despite moving in and out of different marriages with successful and wealthy men living abroad, she lives in a rented apartment around Salvation Street, Ikeja. Meanwhile, her acting prowess is quite commendable and sometimes, beyond imagination.
•To be continued.