He is popular as Ben O Ben. An influential operator in the make belief industry. In this brief chat, the man of many parts divulged many of the things fans are dying to know about him. Read on….
Q: How would you describe the man people love to call Ben O Ben.
A: Actually, my name is Temitope Benedict Ayoola a.k.a Ben O. Ben. But the nickname seem to have taken over from the real names over time…laughs
Q: Okay, so can you give a brief about Temitope Benedict Ayoola before we go to Ben.
A: I am the last child and only son of the family of Hon. and Mrs Ayoola Adeleke. My birthday is 22nd of June and I was born in Kafanchan where I also spent my early years. I attended Unity Nursery and Primary school, I proceeded to Royal kids international for my secondary education and finally to the University of Abuja for my tertiary education where I studied Industrial Chemistry. I am also an alumnus of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and I speak English, Yoruba and Hausa Languages.
Q: Now, lets talk about Ben. Who is he.
A: Ben is an actor, a movie producer, director, consultant and a Business Entrepreneur.
Q: How far has Ben gone as far as the movie world is concern
A: I have featured in over 200 Nigerian movies and have directed a lot of movies such as Lost(Yoruba), My dream(Yoruba) Asunle(coming soon) and Iyawo producer(also coming soon).
Q: But there is this gist about you being into other areas of entertainment beside what many know you for. Can you dwell more on that.
A: Yea, I will be most glad to do that, because Ben O Ben has really moved miles away from where he started and there are still more grounds to cover. For instance, I also have a registered company where I train young and aspiring filmmakers and supply equipments for production, Ben O Ben multimedia and in 2018 I created Ben O Ben International Leadership Award (BOBLIA Award).
Q: That a big one. I want to guess these ideas may not be unconnected with your growing IP dreams, can you tell your lovers what growing up was like.
A: Like I said previously, my place of birth and position as the only son in the family, I was highly respected by my sisters which I never took for granted and growing up in a family that believed and practiced mutual respect I must say has been of a great help for me today. I grew up in the Northern part of Nigeria, Kafanchan in Kaduna state to be precise.
Q: How did you come into the film industry
A: Late Century Films introduced me to Murphy Afolabi the founder of Fatuns films. I served there for some years and graduated successfully.
Q: How long have you been in the industry
A: I have been in the industry for 11 years now and still counting. I came into the Nollywood industry in the year 2009 and joined Murphy Afolabi acting troop in the year 2010.
Q: When was the first time you ever featured in any film
Q: Who are your role models, if you have any
A: My role models are Tyler Perry, Less Brown, Saidi Balogun and Funsho Adeolu.
Q: How would you rate the industry
A: I will rate the industry 60percent because we are not yet where we are meant to be but we are getting there.
Q:Have you done any production of your own, if yes what is the title and which year is that
A: Yes, I have produced Alabahun(Produced in 2013, released in 2016)and Last Night(2017). I also Co produced Kodoro(2018)and Woli Ben O Ben(2018).
Q: How were you able to penetrate the industry despite stories of ” rub my back i rub your back’ among the beginners and the established actors as it affects both sexes .
A: Whatever you desire in the industry you will get, for instance, if you want to be in the limelight you have to pay the price in the right way but if you want the fame overnight using cruel means you will surely get it rough, in fact, you must be ready to smell real pepper, because there is no short cut to real success.
Q: How many directors have you worked with and which of them did you like most
A: I have worked with over 20 directors in the industry both in English and Yoruba movies. They have all been wonderful and have individual strengths that I admire and take from.
Q: Where do you see yourself in the next few years
A: I see myself at the top as one of the Best film makers in the world.
Q: Lastly, Are you married, how are you coping with your marriage?
A: I am happily married to my Lovely Wife Mrs Yetunde Susan Ayoola and we are blessed with a son Demilade Benedict Ayoola. Marriage, they say, is not easy but God has been our helper.
By Faleye Oluwatosin Simon
Poison scare: God will Expose Wicked People Around Me- Davido
Multiple award-winning Nigerian singer, Davido, has taken to his verified Twitter account with over nine million followers to state that God will expose any “wickedness” around him.
In his tweet, the iconic singer wrote, “God will expose and deal with any wickedness around me; near or far, Amen. I’m blessed.”
His tweet comes shortly after a video snippet surfaced online where a cleric claimed that he had a revelation the pop star would be poisoned by someone living under his roof.
“I told you about one singer, Davido. They will poison him; I don’t know him and I have never seen him in my life. They will put something in his drink; he will be rushed to the hospital, will be admitted, and unconscious. The person that will poison him is sleeping in his house,” the cleric said.
More so, the singer’s former personal assistant, Aloma, in a recent interview, revealed that in 2017, he was offered N100m by someone in the music industry to implicate Davido in the death of his friend, Tagbo.
Aloma said, “When we were at the Police station, Lion Building, they took me to a room and said that I am a ‘fall man’. Beware of this music industry, everyone is trying their best to pull David down.
“They told me to write a statement which will state that David killed Tagbo. They gave me a cheque of N100m just for me to write that David killed Tagbo.”
Actor, Donyayo Dumps Etisalat Lucrative Job, Plans Double Movie Release
Adeyemo Adeyemi aka DONYAYO, a Nollywood Actor, was born in 1981 Oct 31st into a family of 5..four boys and a girl.
Yayo Who is from the Brown roof city of Ibadan, the political capital of the Yorubaland,attended Ikolaba Grammar School and passed through The Poly Ibadan and Later graduated from the University Of Ilorin.
Well traveled, Adeyemi has visited a lot of countries in Africa and outside Africa of the continent. Donyayo, started his art career in 2004 and produced his first Movie in 2005. He has since then produced many other movies.
Among them ALE EREBE ,OMO KAMPUS, OPA ORO, BACHELOR’S EVE, SCHOOL LIFE with his latests awaiting release :DONYAYO and DRAMA which features saidi balogun, shola kosoko, rotimi salami, bukola awoyemi, bose akinola, ayoola Benedict and tunde odejimi. The movies are directed by BEN O BEN..
A dedicated and focused worker, Yayo once worked with Etisalat, now 9mobile. in his quest and passion for entertainment he dropped his white collar Job with the telecommunications outlet, for car selling business.
LAGOS CLUB CUP SEASON 3 ENTERTAINERS, HOSPITALITY OWNERS PLAY FOR PEACE IN LAGOS.
Entertainment Celebrities and Hospitality Business Owners are set to kick off the 3rd Edition of the annual Lagos Club Cup (LCC), which will hold between Sunday 13th & Monday 14th of June 2021.
The football competition, which is in its third year, is aimed at promoting social interaction through grassroot football in the country.
This year’s edition tagged #FootballForPeace, will see Entertainers and hospitality companies ranging from different night clubs, lounges & Bars in Lagos gather at the Landmark Beach Football Arena in Victoria Island for a novelty match against Entertainment Celebrities in both male and female categories.
Speaking ahead of the event, Project Manager and Lead Consultant at 5Stars Football Consultancy, Olumide Aturu explained that this year’s edition is aimed at lending voices towards peace advocacy for the country amid the violence, insecurity and social injustice.
According to Aturu, “Considering the whole unrest and other vices in the country, this year’s edition is tagged #FootballForPeace, because we intend to create awareness about the role of Nigerian Youths in becoming lead advocates for Peace and not Violence in the country”.
Notable Stars including Ex-BBNaija & Supersport Analysts, Ozo, Neo, Jimmy, YoungJohn, Naira Marley, WofaiFada, Beverly Osu, Pearl Hart and popular Instagram and YouTube comedians like Josh2Funny, BelloKreb, Amadi Man will feature in the match, which will have English FA Cup Winner, John Fashanu & Ace footballer Odion Ighalo in attendance.
Beer barn won the inaugural edition of the Lagos Club Cup in 2019 after beating Quilox in the finals, before they were dethroned by current holders, Czars lounge who won the last edition.
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