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Bimbo Akintola Actress talks career, Nollywood, advice to young actors

Advising young actors, Bimbo Akintola said "go to school please, get an education. Our lingua franca is English, try to speak it, don't speak phone(tics)."

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Bimbo Akintola in Pulse TV studio play

Bimbo Akintola in Pulse TV studio

On June 10, 2016, veteran actress Bimbo Akintola was a guest at Pulse TV.

During the interesting interview, the actress spoke on classic and disposable movies, Box office system in Nigeria, the award system in Nigeria and acting for the stage and TV.

The "Out of Bounds" actress also spoke about her upcoming movie "Comatose," playing the late Adadevoh in "93 Days," the movie culture of Nigerians among other interesting topics.

Advising young actors, Bimbo Akintola said "go to school please, get an education. Our lingua franca is English, try to speak it, don't speak phone(tics)."

Bimbo Akintola is Stella Adadevoh in "93 Days" play

Bimbo Akintola is Stella Adadevoh in "93 Days"



Read excerpts and watch the full interview below.

On how Joke Silva has influenced her career:

Joke SIlva. She has done a lot, but it's not even about the things that she did, it's about the things she didn't realize that she did.

My father thought actors were ne'er–do–well, you know how it is. Because at that time, most of the actors we had were so passionate about the art that even though they weren't making money, they were happy to be in the arts.

They were poor people, and what my father saw was me choosing a life of poverty, and he couldn't understand it. "Okay if you don't want to do anything else, go study English and become a teacher,'  he said. He wanted me to do so many other things.

We argued about if for a while, and I won because I knew I wouldn't be happy doing any other thing. But he still wasn't happy about it. And then I got to do this job with Aunty Joke, and I told her about my struggle with my dad. She said 'Oh, bring him to the performance,' and I did.

My father met her and he was so impressed by Aunty Joke that he didn't care. He was just thinking 'if this is the sort of person that is an actor, then my daughter should be an actor.'  From then it was okay. It wasn't the awards, it was just meeting Aunty Joke.

Bimbo Akintola and Joke Silva play

Bimbo Akintola and Joke Silva



On award system in Africa:

It could be better. Honestly, and I am not talking about in terms of the awards itself, I'm talking in terms of the glamour. It could be more," she started.

"They could be much much more to it. I mean when we watch awards ceremonies everywhere else, there are so important, it is epic. Everybody is dreaming about it, you know it's a great way to inspire people, because then, people are looking forward to it."

I don't think ours inspires anyone. Do people even watch it on TV? Do they? Because it is not glamorous enough I guess. We don't make a production of it, and we should. That is what I mean, maybe glamorous is the wrong word. We should make a production of it.

The Oscars, it's so important, it is so this, it is so that. We should make ours that important. And AMAA has been around for a while now, so it should have a massive following because most of these actors you are talking about have massive following. If you are talking about Genevieve, she has a huge following, Omotola has a huge following, people who are passionate about her, and we don't see that transfer to the award ceremony itself, which is weird.

In terms of giving the awards to the right people, I think they do that. But, we don't carry everyone along. We should be able to carry Nigerians along with our award ceremonies. That's what I see is missing for me.

Bimbo Akintola performing on stage play

Bimbo Akintola performing on stage



On playing Adadevoh in "93 Days"

It was an honour, and the woman was obviously a saint. She must have had her[you know] but she was amazing. In Nigeria, we have this thing we do, anyone who is dead is great. But this was different in the sense that everyone I spoke to had little stories to tell me about different things.

We were shooting at the hospital where she worked, and I had done my make-up upstairs and I rushed to my car to pick up something. Coming back to the lobby of the hospital, there were few nurses there, and they started crying. They said I looked so much like her and it brought back memories. Now that tells you all you need to know about that kind of person.

So playing that kind of person, and looking at the kind of role she played during the 93 days that we had Ebola in Nigeria, it was amazing.

It's like you saying 'I know I might die, but I don't care. It's important for me to save others.'  They gave their lives, all of them. They were selfless. They knew that being around Ebola wasn't safe and they stayed. I keep asking myself 'if it was you, would you do that?'  And I'm not sure what the answer is until I am in that situation before I can actually tell you the truth.

Bimbo Akintola at "8 Bars and a Clef" premiere play

Bimbo Akintola at "8 Bars and a Clef" premiere



Akintola made her acting debut in 1997 in the movie "Owo Blow." She came into limelight after her performance in "Out of Bonds."

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