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I was paid 60 kobo for my first movie role – Okunnu

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Popular comic Yoruba actor, Wale Akorede, 50, popularly known as Okunnu, has recounts the day he earned his first pay as an actor.

While speaking in a recent interview with Saturday Beat, he said:

“The first time I received money for acting was in 1984 and I was paid 60 kobo. When I was given the money, I almost ran mad. I was very impressed and encouraged to do the job; presently, I earn well for most of the roles I play,” he said.

Speaking on what makes him look younger than his age, he said, “God is the one who strengthens me; I don’t eat much but I take multivitamins to take care of myself.”

He added that:

“I don’t feel stereotyped by playing such roles because I can still take up any role. I have played all sorts of roles in movies. But the funny thing is that even when I do serious roles, people still laugh because of the stereotype,” he said with a smile.

On  why he would never stop acting, he said:

“I am always happy; I don’t allow challenges to weigh me down. I loved acting as a child but my parents were not in support of it. I started full-time acting after my father died. I even ran away from home several times because I wanted to be on location. My mother gave me her full support when she started seeing me on screen.

“I used to be a proper businessman before, but acting runs through my veins. The field of business is a playground for me but there is no other profession I would rather do than this. Acting is my destiny,”

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