Veteran Actor Charles Olumo Reveals How He Got The Name ‘Agbako’

Veteran Actor Charles Olumo Reveals How He Got The Name ‘Agbako’

  • Popular Nigerian actor Charles Olumo has explained why he chose ‘Agbako’ as his stage name and also given the motive behind the name
  • According to him, he needed a stage name that everyone could call him as he was getting popular, so he settled for the name ‘Agbako’ because anyone who heard the name must fear him
  • The 98-year-old actor’s real name is Abdulsalam Ishola, and he has been in the industry for decades

Just like many actors called by their stage names, veteran actor Abdulsalam Ishola is popularly known by his stage name ‘Agbako’, and this has been what a lot of people called him for years.

In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the 98-year-old actor explained that when he was getting popular, and he was known for many movies like Ori Eye and Awoluda by Ogunde, it was obvious he needed a stage name that people could call him by.

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Actor Charles Olumo on the name 'Agbako'. Credit: @yfmfworks @temilolasobola
Actor Charles Olumo on the name 'Agbako'. Credit: @yfmfworks @temilolasobola
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He, however, revealed that he chose the name ‘Agbako’ by himself and not that anyone chose it for him. According to him, he knew anyone who heard the name ‘Agbako’ must be afraid, and that was what he wanted.

Speaking further on some of his embarrassing moments as an actor, Pa Abdulsalam said he was on public transport on his way to Lagos when he didn’t have a car, and the moment he got on the bus, everyone was scared and came out.

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He had to explain to them that he was just an actor and nothing more and that ‘Agbako’ was nothing more than a mere name.

Pa Abdusalam also revealed that focusing solely on God and not charms have been the secret to his long life and good health.

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Actress Foluke Daramola celebrates veteran actor Agbako at 95

It would be recalled that reported that Alhaji Abudulsalam Sanyaolu, popularly known as Charles Olumo or Agbako in Yoruba movies, turned 95 and actress Foluke Daramola- Salako decided to celebrate him while he is still alive.

The stern-looking skinny fellow with a devious character in most movies he was cast to play in was not expecting the celebration of his birthday as orchestrated by Daramola who went from Lagos to Abeokuta to make the day memorable for the aged actor.

During the early morning surprise visit, the aged actor, who was taken by surprise, was full of prayers and praises for all that made his birthday a memorable one. He was his usual jovial self despite old age.


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