Saheed Oscar is a popular Nollywood Yoruba Director and Actor. He has been in the industry for over 25years. In this chance encounter, he talks about life in the gheto and how he got his break in the movie world….
Q:What are the real names of Saheed Oscar
A; I am Saheed Abolaji “Oscar”. And “SIMPLICITY” is the best word for describing myself… I simply like being myself.
Q: How did simplicity affects your formatio stages
A: It did a great deal may be because i grew up in the ghetto side of Lagos State, “Ijora Badia”. It wasn’t something easy at all due to life the kind of life we lived over there. Some of my colleagues even find it hard to believe that I actually grew up in the ghetto due to my personality in the industry but glory to the Creator.
Q: How did you come into the film industry
A :It developed interest in the art from childhood. Because of the interest, I joined IRON LOVE THEATER GROUP then during my secondary school days, that was my 1st group . Though my father was against it but my uncle supported me wholeheartedly. So there was this local film House then at “Ghana Village” railway area, Badia. I used to patronize the place that was where I met a friend around 1995, who later introduced me to my 2nd group by Late Oluwaseyi Olorunni aka “Chocomilo” (OLORUNNI CULTURAL AND THEATER ORGANIZATION).
So through my boss, I got to know Afonja Olaniyi (Sanyeri), Adekola Tijani (Golugo), Adebayo Tijani and Ibraheem Chatta (Ojo’ja) when my boss was invited to a stage play by Ibraheem Chatta.
Though we all stayed not far from each other in the area but we were not that close till I was introduced to them by my boss. I performed well on that stage then and one day Ibraheem Chatta visited our rehearsal ground, he sat me down and advised me more on the career. That was how I got Hon. Akeem Alimi (Ajala Jalingo) contact from him. I later went ahead to join him around 1998 and that’s how the journey really began.
Q: So, for how many years have you been in the industry now
A: I joined the industry professionally in 1995, so it’s 25yrs now.
Q: when was the first time you ever featured in any film
A :That was late 1996. It was a movie produced by my boss titled “AFIYEN”. It was a comedy concept.. I acted as a spoilt brat in the movie..
Q: Who are the people you can say have influenced your career one way or another
A: I have respect for quite a number really. Some have influenced me directly and some indirectly. Be that as it may, I can say I have lot of role models in the industry because I so much appreciates lot of them and their works… The likes of Saidi Balogun who I so much cherish and respect alot! Tade Ogidan, Izu Ojukwu, Muyiwa Ademola, Antar Laniyan…
Q: Can you give your unbiased assessment of your industry
A: Well we are trying our best, trying to meet up with the highest world standard with the little we have. I believe if the government support the industry, things will surely get better than this.
Q: What’s your opinion about male and female actors getting married. Don’t u feel its one of the reason people say Producers must sleep with ladies before they are allowed room in the industry
A: Laughs…. That’s a lie. There nothing bad in you seeing a lady, you appreciate and approached her. If she’s fine with it, you are both matured to know what you want. It’s not by force. But on my part, I don’t mix business with pleasure. It’s strictly business!!!
Q: Who is your favourite Director
A: I’ve worked with lots of directors in the industry and I so much appreciates their works and efforts. Each director with different experience but these six directors made me understand what directing is all about Saidi Balogun, Muyiwa Ademola, Antar Laniyan, Adebayo Tijani, Abiodun Olanrewaju and Razaq Olayiwola…
These directors drilled me to who I am today because as a continuity manager then, I asked a lot of questions and they never got tired of me. I so much appreciate their effort in my life… I even had to stay with Saidi Balogun for years just for me to improve and get better and I still call on them all till date for enlightenment.
Q: What do we expect from you very soon
A:Well I’m working on my wife’s project right now (THE SETUP “PAMPE”) while I’m also planning my own productions (OJISE, AREKUJAIYE, THE CLEANER & THE PAUPER”)… but ” The Setup” will be released soon.
Q: Can you project into your future
A: As my nickname implies, “OSCAR” award winner and a recognized Hollywood movie director by God’s grace….
Q: It’s obvious you and your wife are in this together. Has there been any sour moment in your marriage
A: Smiles… Well it has not been easy but glory to God. There’s no perfect relationship because we argue to understand each other. Love and understanding makes us whole.
Questionnaire: Thanks for your time. Really appreciate you.
Oscar: Thanks for having me .
By Faleye Oluwatosin