We are driven by poverty, not excellence, Bolanle Ninalowo opens up on becoming successful in Nollywood

We are driven by poverty, not excellence, Bolanle Ninalowo opens up on becoming successful in Nollywood

- Actor Bolanle Ninalowo recently opened up about his successful journey so far in the Nigerian movie industry

- The actor in an exclusive chat with Legit.ng disclosed that he never thought he would attain the level of success he currently enjoys

- Ninalowo also talked about how he has been able to deal with advances from female fans

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Nigerian actor, Bolanle Ninalowo, is no strange name when it comes to the film industry and those who manage to leave a lasting impression in the mind of movie lovers.

Just recently, the actor in an exclusive chat with Legit.ng’s regional reporter, Adeoye Adewunmi, talked about his journey into the movie industry and how he has managed to stay on top of his game since his emergence.

Actor Bolanle Ninalowo

Actor Bolanle Ninalowo opens up on becoming successful in the film industry. Photo: @iamnino_b
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The actor disclosed that he considered acting from his childhood days but never imagined that he would become successful at it.

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"Yes, I once thought of it that I could become an actor but I did not know I would be this successful at it. You know I have a goal and a vision of what I wanted to do. God has done beyond my expectations."

Ninalowo also explained he always knew that he wanted to become a successful public figure and acting afforded him the opportunity to achieve the goal.

"I wanted to become a successful person. I wanted to become that successful public figure. So, acting was the platform for me to get myself out there."

On the challenges he has faced so far, the actor said the profession comes with a lot of criticisms and ‘hate’ in society. According to him, many are driven by poverty and not excellence.

"A lot of criticisms. There is a lot of hate in our society. In Nigeria, we are all driven by poverty, not excellence. So, when you are driven by poverty, it is rush hour. So, everyone would just try to look for their moment."
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Fielding a question about the disparities between the English and Yoruba factions of Nollywood, Ninalowo explained that being a part of the Yoruba industry gives an actor more leverage.

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"The fact is that the Yoruba movie industry has much more leverage and a voice than the English movie industry. If you exist in the Yoruba movie industry, you will get more recognition because they have the numbers and the masses at hand. I have done more English movies than the Yoruba. There is a large Yoruba crowd than the English."

The actor also talked about how he has been able to stay professional when he gets advances from female fans.

He said:

"I don’t deal with it. I am a very serious person, bro. You must have control over things of such. Nothing influences anything I do but my decision."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the actor got his fans on social media gushing after he shared photos from his father and daughter moments on Instagram before they zoomed off to a chill spot.

People could not get over how cute and cool the duo looked in the photos.


Adeyinka Odutuyo is an entertainment/lifestyle journalist at Legit.ng with over three years of working experience in the media industry.

He has a degree in Linguistics and Communication Studies from Osun State University, Osogbo. When he is not writing about celebrities, you will find him blogging about local Nigerian recipes on Instagram (@playfoodbyyinka)

Source: Legit

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