Jimoh Aliu, MFR is a Nigerian actor, sculptor, film writer, playwright and director. Jimoh Aliu is a renowned actor. Over the years, Jimoh Aliu has gained a very good reputation nationwide. He his currently one of the most influential Nigerian dramatist Nollywood has produced.
Jimoh Aliu’s Biography
He was given birth to in a city at Oke-Imesi, a city in Ekiti State southwestern Nigeria. His father, Aliu Fakoya is an Ifa priest who hails from Oke-Imesi but is mother hails from Iloro-Ekiti. He began acting in 1959 when Akin Ogungbe. In 1966, after he spent seven years with the Ogungbe troupe, he established “Jimoh Aliu Concert Party”, a group based in Ikare in Ondo State southwestern Nigeria.
He later joined the Nigerian Army in 1967 but retired in 1975 with the aim of focusing on drama as well as promoting independent artist under the platform of Jimoh Aliu cultural group. He had produced several television drama series such as Iku Jare Eda Yanpan yanrin and Fopomoyo that featured king Sunny Ade.
In 1959, Aliu joined the Ogungbe Theatre and remained there until 1966. With Ogungbe Theatre he toured almost all towns in old Western Region now Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
Jimoh is a highly respected classical Theatre Arts practitioner with a passionate interest in the life of the community and its cultural heritage, as well as commentator on Nigeria culture abroad, Chief Jimoh Aliu form a bridge between the old and the new Nigeria. He is an actor, scriptwriter, producer/director, singer, dancer and makeup artist, costumes and location designer. He became famous for his hit TV productions, “Arelu” and “Yanpon Yanrin”, which bore famous characters like Fadeyi Oloro, Orisabunmi and Aworo.
In 1967, he joined the Nigeria Army. He was lucky that his superior officers quickly identified his talent as a dramatist. He was mobilized to tour the liberated areas, communicating soldiers in the war affected areas during the civil war. He used Pidgin English as a means of communication while he was performing for the Nigeria Army in the war fronts. He performed in places like Uyo, Eket, Enugu, Onisha, Aba, Port-Harcourt, Benin and some areas of the Northern part of Nigerian. Played acted for the soldiers include. Arugbo soge, Fesoyaiye, and Ojuenimala. He performed for the 12 State governments at the Police College Hall, Kaduna during the Nigeria Army Sports week in 1975.
He retired from the Army in 1975 to carry on as an independent artist, under the name Jimoh Aliu Cultural Group. Apart from touring many parts of Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Kwara and Bendel States, he has performed for Nigerian Television, Sokoto, Minna, Jos and Akure. He produced four series of play for ATOKA the Yoruba photo play magazine. He also produced many radio plays, including: Ma boreje, Afopina, Odu-Ifa,/gba-Oro, Orunmila, Orisa Adimula, Igbo Olodumare, Iku jare eda, Agba-arin, Laalu, and Kutupuu.
His Television play, Igbo Olodumare based on a novel written by D.O. Fagunwa and commissioned by Yemi Farounbi, as General Manager NTV Akure marked a watershed in his career. The programme was such a huge success in Ondo State, and represents till today, the most creative programme by any Television Station in Ondo State. Igbo Olodumare, was shown in all the Yoruba speaking states having been on NTA Ilorin, NTA Abeokuta, NTA Akure and BCOS-TV, Ibadan. His other television drama series Igba Oro produced by Yemi Farounbi Labs Deroy Centre Limited, was shown on OSRC-TV Ibadan, NTA Abeokuta, NTA Ikeja, OSRC TV Akure and NTA Ilorin. Jimoh Aliu is a resourceful actor, who has feature in many Ogunde’s films as actor, make-up artist, costume-designer etc. It is around the creative artiste, versed in Yoruba Culture, that Agba-Arin is woven around. AGBA-ARIN brings together a rich collection of the best artistes and Jimoh brings the authentic creative Nigerian.
Jimoh Aliu’s Age, Birthday & Year
Born November 11, 1939 The Veteran actor was born on the 11th of November 1939 . He will turn 81 years old by November 2020. Jimoh Aliu will be widely celebrated on this faithful day with his wife, kids and also his family members, colleagues and relatives who will wish him well on that special and unique day. Aliu was initially married to his colleague and Orisabunmi star, Folake Aremu, before they went their separate ways after 20 years of marriage. He now has two wives – Queen Adebola and Folashade respectively.
Jimoh Aliu’s Net-worth
Much can’t be said about his Net-worth, but research is on going and very soon we will make known the estimated figures of where his net-worth ranges.
Jimoh’s ability to execute several roles (Nigerian lawyer, film actor, director, producer perfectly shows how versatile the renowned actor has been in recent years and also, it gives him that slight edge over many of his colleagues. His influence in the Nigeria film industry has increasingly grown in exceedingly over the years and not excluding the fact that he has paved way for upcoming actors and actresses. The Nollywood industry has lots of talented actors specialized in different roles be it rooted in culture or not, upcoming actors watch closely how this actors in the likes of Jimoh Aliu, fared in their respective roles in order to take proper lessons before execution.
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