Olamilekan Ayinla 220 is one of the prominent names among
Nollywood’s role interpreters. In this brief encounter, he made some revelations concerning his world and his assessment of the industry.Enjoy:
Q: How would you describe Olamilekan Ayinla 220.
A: I will simply say Olamilekan Ayinla is an actor and a gentleman. A faithful muslim who believes so much in God.
Q: What was your growing up like
A: Hmmm. Growing up was seriously tough but God has always been there for me, even till date. He has been my strength and staying power. I give Him all the glory.
Q: Which part of the country did you grow up
A: Am a Lagos boy. I grew up in Mile 12, Ketu area of Lagos.
Q: How did you come into the film industry
A: I actually learnt on the job. I love acting so much. As a result of this, I became a part of a rehearsal group where I picked the necessary knowledge needed to excel in the trade.
Q: Since when have you become independent of this group and been doing stuffs on your own.
A: Its been good ten years now if am not mistaking. Yea, its been ten years. Ten years of hard work. Ten years of not too good and the very good experiences on the field. But I will say , so far so good. God has been faithful really. Its been ten years of God’s favour.
Q: when was the first time you ever featured in any film.
A: That was year 2008
Q: who are your role models among the accomplished acts you met on the job.
A: Without mincing words, I will say Ibrahim Abiodun Ajadi Omotola Chatta Baami ojoja.
Q: So how would you rate the industry
A: In fairness, there have been serious improvements in the industry , compared to when I joined. The improvements even include the quality of lives of practitioners occasioned by the increase in the level of exposure of Nollywood actors. And another area where a very visible improvement can be noticed is the area of quality of our productions.
Q: Have you done any production of your own
A: Yes.I produced ISORO MERIN in 2008, ADIGUN OLORIN 2013, amd JACKSON 2018 among others.
Q: Do you subscribe to the believe that ladies who can’t offer their bodies for roles won’t get patronage from producers. If this is true, how were you able to break the barrier as a man with no body to offer for roles.
A: That believe is erroneous . It’s a big lie that we demand for sex from female acts before giving them roles. We don’t do that, we do give them what they want.
Q: like how many directors have you worked with and which of them do you like most.
A: They are many and I love all of them
Q: where do you see yourself in the next few years from now.
A: It’s only God that can say but if am still alive, and I pray I continue to be, then I’ll be in good position to give people what they want in life and tell people about Allah cos if I stop acting today nothing to do than be doing lecture.
Q: In rounding off this session, can you tell your admirers how you have been coping with marriage
A: Haaaaa! Marriage? I am yet to travel that route for now.
By Faleye Oluwatosin