•Through Their LEGACY Caucus In The Yoruba Movie Industry
Kunle Afod is a versatile actor, producer and movie director, he has spent over 3 decades in the movie industry and has featured in over 300 movies. He is happily married to Desola, and their Union is blessed with four adorable boys. Kunle is one of the most influential and highly respected actor in the industry. He hails from Oyo State started his Theatre Training under Ben. Tomoloju Jide Ogungbade and Jahman Anikulapo, later he joined Awada Kerikeri by Adebayo Salami.
After acquiring so much knowledge under Adebayo Salami, he decided to impact others too, so him and his two friends Samson Badejo Kunle Ramon came together 25 years ago to form legacy school of performing act, they trained up-coming actors, actresses, director, light men, and every other aspect of the movie industry and today, the school can boast of over 70 students, who already passed through the school, and are doing so well on their own while others have become stars, and there are some, who are still fast rising and upcoming in the industry. But the school has produced over 50 blockbuster movies and soap operas that has won awards home and abroad.
This much-talented actor, who is also called Mr Inspiration, by friends and colleagues in the industry has trained youths, who are now masters in their different area of specialization in the industry. Fast-rising actors and actresses like Qasim Kareem, Shade Abidoye, James Omotosho, Bidemi Okunubi, Tosin Timmy, Shola Makinde, Tolu Awesome, James Samson, Bunmi Balogun, Friday Aromire, Femi Sodiq, Mariam Abdullameed, Olusho Wilson, Dimeji Muritala, Yinka Adeyemo, Bimbo Popoola, Damilola Bakare, Yemi Eko, Amudalat Omoola, Lanre Makinde, Femi Johnson, Abiodun Zulukolelai, Deola Agboola, Florence Mesere, Folake Balogun, Mariam Gina, Tunde Mofe, Gideon Bankole, Olaiya Hameed Folake Sanni, Sanjo Kayode, Damilola Odewo, Temitayo Olajumoke, Saheed Temitope, Odeyemi Adedejn, Tolulope Ameachi, Saheed Makinde, Lucas Amere
There are other popular known actors and actresses who also passed through the caucus. City People Senior Showbiz Reporter BIODUN ALAO brings you lists of such stars.
Popular Yoruba actress and C.E.O of Extreme Beauty Place Bimbo joined the industry over a decade ago and has featured in over 100 movies, such as Eldorado, Ifejafunmi, Ajoje, Ifeofoju and lots of others. She has become a household name, and happily married to movie producer and director Okiki Afolayan.
Regina Chinedu Chukwu popularly known as Regina Chukwu was born and raised in Lagos State. A graduate of Business Administration from Lagos State Polytechnic. Through hardwork and dedication she carved a niche for herself in the movie industry. She started her career as a make up artist in 2003 before delving fully into acting with features in television soaps such as family.
Ties, Wale Adenuga’s “Super Story” and Face To Face’. Ever since she came to limelight, she has remain a force to reckon with in the industry. She has featured in movies such as “Arun, Awolu at Awalu, Ewatomi, Idaro, Ogunso and many others.
Multi-talented movies producers cum director Okiku Afolayan is one of the finest movie directors in the entertainment industry. He has directed over 500 movies and still counting and a good number of blockbusters. He started his career in 2002 and trained under different people before standing on his own. He also passed through legacy school of performing act, where he acquired knowledge on film making from Kunle Afod.
Popular actor, producer and master of ceremonies Samson Badejo joined the entertainment industry over three decades ago, he is a co-founder of Legacy School of Performing Act. He trained under Adebayo Salami’s Awadakerikeri group, before setting up legacy caucus. He is more into movies production, than acting, and has produced over 50 movies.
Versatile actor Deji Akinosho popularly known as Deji Coco is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye. He joined the industry over a decade ago, and through hardwork and dedication, has carved a niche for himself in the industry. He has featured in over 50 movies and still counting, he maintains a very cordial relationship with Sunkanmi Omobolanle.
Beautiful and talented actress Olayinka Solomon, popularly known as “Omo Mushin” is also a movie producer who has produced block buster Yoruba movie titled “Iya Oja”. She joined the movie industry few years ago, and currently, one of the fast rising actress in the entertainment industry.
Dewunmi Fatai is one of the talented make-up artist in the Yoruba movie industry. This multi-talented lady is also the wife of popular actor Mustapha Sholagbade. Besides being a make up artiste, she is also an actress. She has worked with the likes of Seyi Edun, Wunmi Toriola, Iyabo Ojo and a host of others.
Samson is one of the few wave making movie directors currently rocking the entertainment industry. He is highly respected among his colleagues. He has worked with A-List actors and actress in the entertainment industry and also directed outstanding movies in the industry.
He is popular known as “Mr. Quality” in the movie industry. He has been in the business for over 18 years, he was trained by Kunle Rahmon (Poster) and Kunle Afod.
Kenny Lanre is a movie produce and director, his story is so inspiring. He started his career as a generator buy in 2004, which he did for 2 years subsequently, he migrated to be a light man, then continuity manager for another 5 years. He graduated with the likes of Regina Chukwu, Segun Tom Dollar, and started directing movies proper in 2014. He is presently one of the renowned movie directors in the industry.
She is an actress and movie producer. A graduate of Philosophy from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife. She started her acting in the year 2000, with stage play, soap opera. Her first movie was titled “Basorun Gaa, produced by Adebayo Faleti, Imo Onikaluku, Mirage, Ariwo Oja, Apo to mention few.
OLAIBI FELIX SOLA
Popularly known as Gaji. He is an actor, production manager, started acting in 1997, and produced his first movie in 2007 titled. “Eti won”. He has worked with prominent people in the entertainment industry such as Funke Akindele, Odunlade Adekola, Adedimeji Lateef, Anita Laniyan, Femi Adebaya and a host of others. He has featured in over 50 movies and produced movies. Such as “Dr. Gaji” Eni Keji and lots more.
SEGUN TOM DOLLAR
Popular Nollywood actor and Master of ceremonies Tom Dollar started his acting career in 2006 and got trained under Kunle Afod’s Theatre group. He has produced over 20 movies, and has featured in over 100 movies. He’s a prominent member of the caucus.
YEMI TERRY ISIDAHOMEN
She is popularly known as Yemi Terry an accounting graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo University Happily married with 2 kids. She happens to be one of the fans of veteran actor Kunle Afod, and she joined the industry through his caucus, and has featured in over 60 movies, such as Sister Sister, Oboro, Mofeoluwa, Posh and a host of others.
American based film maker Kola Amusan is the younger brother of “Mr Latin” The current President of Tampan” A graduate of Computer Science from the Lagos State University. He has featured in over 50 movies and produced more than 10.
She is one of the fast rising actress in the entertainment industry. She was practically discovered by Kunle Afod and since then, she has remained at the top of her career, doing what she knows how to do best. She has produced over 20 movies, such as “Omo Ajilete” Atire” and lots of others.
Actress cum model Zainab Raheem is blessed with good looks and brains. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. She has always loved showbiz from childhood. Her first two movie productions titled “Nicki Minaj” and Ikoh” featured stars like Racheal Oniga, Kunle Afod, Yomi Lanso, Kemi Afolabi, Regina Chukwu and a host of others.
Actor, producer and movie director is one of the sought after movie producer and director in the entertainment industry. He has also worked with lots of A list actors and actresses in the industry.
And also produced outstanding and blockbuster movies, he maintain a very cordial relationship with Okiki Afolayan, one of the finest director’s in the industry.
Actor cum film maker Tunde Dickson is one of the leading film makers and movie directors in the Yoruba movie industry. He has contributed to most of the feature films that have been made in the industry. He is also a certified Photographer. He has been involved in movie productions such as Etan, Omo Ologun, Abefele and lots of others.
Fair skin actress Bimbo Adekele is one of the fast rising actress in the industry, making waves. She has featured in over 50 movies within her short period in the industry.
Beautiful Yoruba actress Shola Rose Micheal, is becoming an household name gradually. She joined the industry few years ago, after her training in the legacy school of performing act.