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‘Acting Is My Destiny,’ Veteran Actor Okunnu Describes His First Big Pay In Nollywood

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Wale Akorede popularly known as Okunnu, who has been in the movie industry for over two decades, has recalled the day he earned his first big pay as an .

In a chat with Saturday Beat, 50-year-old Okunnu said that he was so happy the day he was 60 kobo after a movie role and that he almost ran mad . According to him, the amount motivated him to keep pushing on as an actor and put in more efforts to be the best on the .

“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.

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

Okunnu who is known for playing comic roles in Yoruba movies however doesn’t feel caged by such roles.

“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 thing is that even when I do serious roles, people still laugh because of the stereotype , ” he said with a smile .

On the reason why he would never stop acting, Plumbing 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 died . I even ran away from home several times because I wanted to be on location. My 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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