Despite Our Looks, We Still Attract Opposite Sex-Ibeji Oran
Oran Taiwo and Kehinde Osuolale popularly known as Ibeji Oran are regular faces in mysterious Yoruba movies and play scary roles. The adults who are mistaken by most as kids because of their stature got their first role in late Ajileye's movie 'IDE' where they gained popularity.
The duo who are happily married have featured in many movies by the late producer like 'Koto Aiye', 'Seranko Seniyan' and others. Apart from acting, the multi-talented actors also play fuji with top fuji stars like Alhaji Muri Thunder and Pasuma. In this interview, they talked about their career, marriage, new movie launch and other important issues.
How did you start your acting career?
We thank God and late Alhaji Yekini Ajileye who took us into the industry. He saw the potentials in us and went to talk to our mother. She accepted and we started our acting career.
How long have you been in the industry?
It has been a long time. We started in 1993.
What was your first movie?
Our first movie was 'Ide' which we did with Alhaji Ajileye.
How did you feel during your first time on set?
We were always singing fuji before we started acting. We usually practise and play at events.
Did you train under any veteran fuji artiste?
No, we just started singing because we have the talents.
At which events have you played before?
We've played with Alhaji Muri Thunder in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Which one do you prefer more- acting or singing?
We don't really prefer any one to another. Both are good for us.
Tell us the movies you have featured in
We have featured in many movies like 'Ide', Seranko Seniyan', 'Koto Aiye', 'Alaga Council', 'Eran Iya Osogbo' and others.
Which one brought you to the limelight?
'Ide' took us to the stardom.
What have been your challenges?
There has been transportation problem and it has really been affecting us because people always think we won't be able to come whenever they call us.
People assume that you are related to late Alhaji Ajileye, please shed more light on this
Yes, we are related, his wife is our elder sister.
What can people say to make you unhappy?
There is nothing they say that hurts us.
Have you ever regretted the way God created you?
We have never regretted it. We always thank God, at least, we are still alive.
Have you produced any movie of your own?
Yes, 'Osuolale' and 'Okan abunu' but they are not yet out. 'Osuolale' will be released first and it talks about how we were born and how we were rejected. People will know that God exists when they watch this movie.
What are the names of your wives?
Our wives' names are Blessing and Modinat. We met our wives, we talked to them and they married us.
Some people think you are kids, how old are you?
We are 38 years old.
We heard that Taiwo's wife left, what was the reason?
It was Taiwo's wife that went away. She had a child for him. She ran away with a lot of money. We always believe that whatever happens to us is ordained by God.
What were the efforts of your parents on both of you?
It's a lot. Our mother tried a lot for us.
Tell us about your new movie that will be released and how you got money to shoot it?
A lot of top actors were in the movie. Afeezco International sponsored the movie.
Which schools did you attend?
We went to Okeola Nursery School, Osogbo but the headmaster didn't let us in because of how we look but he was sacked a week later. We went to St. Francis Grammar School. We did not have the opportunity to proceed to university.
Are you the biological father of your children?
Yes, God didn't make us impotent.
Tell us about your family
We are the last in the family of six.
When Alhaji Ajileye died, how painful was it and how did you come back into the movie industry?
It was very painful because he was our helper. We went to 'Dagunro' and he accepted us and also taught us how to produce movies.
Where is the launch of the movie going to take place?
It will take place at Natural Spring Hotel, Osogbo. Alhaji Pasuma, Alhaji Muri Thunder and Alfa Buhari will be present. People said Buhari abused us but that is a lie, he didn't.
We heard that the then governor of Osun State gave you cars during your wedding, how true is that?
They didn't do anything for us. Governor Oyinlola didn't support us in any way.
Do you hold any position in the movie industry?
No, we don't, we are still small in the industry.
Do you have people you teach acting?
Yes, we teach people and the name of our group is Ejire Iyanu Films Productions.
Who are your friends in the industry?
Everyone is our friend in the industry.
Which countries have you visited since you started acting?
We have travelled far and wide.
What are the names of your children?
Kehinde's children are Abdullahi and Abib while Taiye's child is Abibat.
What about your father?
He died when we were very young.