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
Atorise Dazzles At Youth Corpers Orientation Camp
The Corps members who were having their social night came lively when the singing bird walked in at about 10:30pm and was welcomed by all the corps members and staff of the orientation camp with the Ogun state coordinator Dr Mrs Belinda Ameze in attendance.
Speaking, the state coordinator expressed surprise at the visit even as she mentioned that she has been hearing about the act for years and that she hasn’t set her eyes on him.
She described the Night as a night she will not forget so soon and she admonished that corps members always be good ambassadors of the their family and the nation in general
The star of the Night, Atorise, was presented with an award of recorgintion for his exploits in the field of gospel music and in the entertainment industry at large.
Receiving the award, Atorise advised the Batch B Stream 2 set that after passing through their various institutions and graduating, they should always be proud to defend their various courses and show the stuff they are made of.
He further implored them to be good in all they do.
The visit was rounded off with photo sessions between the Singer and corps members, amidst dancing and exchange of pleasantries.
DJ Cuppy Reveals Reason Behind Her Single Status
Popular Nigerian disc jockey, DJ Cuppy, has revealed the reason why she is still single. Dancing to Drake’s song, Way Too Sexy, the entertainer, via a video posted on her verified Instagram account, noted that her single status is because she is ‘way too sexy’.
She captioned the playful video, which also featured her two puppies, “I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason that I’m single is that I’m way TOO SEXY.”
Although in the past, the disc jockey had been romantically linked with Nigerian international footballer, Victor Anichebe, and talent manager, Asa Asika, in recent times, the singer has made it known via her social media accounts that she is not in a romantic relationship.
Born Florence Ifeoluwa Otedola in 2014 she was the resident DJ at the MTV Africa Music Awards in Durban.
In July 2014, she released House of Cuppy as her first compilation mix in London and Lagos, before launching it in New York on September 2, 2014. With House of Cuppy, she produced EDM-Esque remixes of songs by leading Afropop artists. In June 2015, Cuppy released House of Cuppy II.
In July 2018, Cuppy launched the Cuppy Foundation. In November 2019, the foundation organized the Gold Gala and raised over N5bn for the Save the Children initiative. Nigerian business Dangote and her father donated to the cause.
Meet Adenike Animasahun, Fast Rising Teacher Turned Actor Goes To Location With Teniola
Adenike Animashaun has just completed her new movie titled Teniola, a movie Content she has described as a master piece that would correct vices in the society that border on marital squabbles, especially in some homes of renowned men of God.
According to the Ekiti State based Nollywood Actor, she said, “This is a project I believed would go places and it will better the lives of so many out there that are suffering in silence.
Teniola is a true life story of a man of God whose quest to serve God made him jettison his responsibility to his beautiful wife. The Pastor at a point had no time sexually for the wife again and the woman did seek solace elsewhere and trouble began in the house that used to be peaceful.”
Adenike said many out there would gain a lot by watching the movie from how the trouble began and how the family was able to settle their differences and putting it behind them.
Her sojourn in the movie world dated back to a decade ago when she wrote a story meant for book publication but she later turned it to a home movie.
She said, “My quest for drama fell into place during my undergraduate days at the university. Being a language student, it’s paramount to take courses in drama, and we had drama classes almost all the sessions in school. One of my lecturers that handled the course was very good at it and this gingered my interest and here I am today. I have been in the industry for over a decade and to my name, I have five different movies.”
Her first movie she titled Imado had Nollywood Actors based in Ekiti as major cast and in quick succession, she came up with another one titled Ogun Odun. This time, fellow actors that are veterans in the industry were called to location and this gave her a facelift in her career.
Adenike said, “Having discovered the passion and my love for movie making, this propelled me to visit Lagos and I went straight to Odunfa Caucus to polish the talent in me. I met Sunny Alli who introduced me to Alhaji Yinka Quadri, and the whole of Odunfa gave me the necessary support I needed and the story has been a great one today.”
Reacting to how she has been able to manage her profession as a teacher-cum-actor, she said, “Acting is more or less a holiday job to me. I love teaching and part of my plan is taking it further than being a classroom teacher in a secondary school to a lecturer. So, this I believe would tell people how much I love teaching as a profession.
“Meanwhile, acting is like a passion- something I do anytime we are on long vacation. To God be the glory, I have been able to do well despite having it as plan B in my thought.”
She stressed further that taking her location to Lagos for her movie, Teniola made it a much bigger project than the rest four she had done before now. She said, “Having to feature top stars like Yomi Fash-Lanso, Yetunde Wunmi, Bukky Biola, Ladi Foarin, Silver Animasahun, Funmi Ladepo and others gave the movie more plans and better prospect than the previous ones from my stable. Teniola is directed by Lekan Oropo, and all these are wonderful people that made my coming to Lagos to shoot a movie for the first time an act to remember.”
Taking an insight into her new production, she said, “There is no crime if a woman begs her hubby for sex. I can beg my husband for sex, this is what many out there don’t do and in the cause of that, many have stooped so low sleeping with their security guards, neighbors and their drivers despite being married.
This was Teniola’s mistake and it almost ruined her home before something drastic was done to safe the situation. Women should stop dying in silence, do what will prevent your home from collapse and protect the future of your children. Talking to one’s partner is the best remedy in today’s marriage. There is always a big gain in talking to one another in a marriage; this and many more are the reality in Teniola.”
The Ebira born actress said she picked interest in Yoruba language right from her childhood. “I am from Kogi state, I am an Ebira lady by birth but my parents lived and had all their children in Yoruba land, hence we were given names in Yoruba and along the line, I married and have children for a Yoruba man.”
Her next movie according to her is Afusa Olofi. She said, she will be going back to location soon to shoot this breath-taking movie that will rule the entertainment industry.
“Afusa Olofi is another big one coming from me. It is a story that will give people another phase of deceit, intrigues in an educative and entertaining way.
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