The Nollywood star is a Nigerian veteran actor, dramatist and scholar. He was born in Osun State, southwestern Nigeria at a town Oba Ile. Kola Oyewo has been seen as a source of inspiration to younger colleagues as he has greatly impacted hugely in their lives. He is widely known for his vast talents and productivity as well. No doubt Kola Oyewo will be always known as one of Nollwood’s finest to have ever graced the movie industry.
Kola Oyewo’s Biography
Kola Oyewo born on the 27th March 1946. He went to the Obafemi Awolowo University where he secued a certificate in dramatic arts, a certificate in Yoruba oral literature before he later got a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Theatre art from the university that same year in 1995. He then got admitted to the University of Ibadan where he secured a Master of Arts (M.A.) and doctorate degree (Ph.D) in drama.
He started his acting as an expert in the year 1964 after he joined the “Oyin Adejobi theatre group” and also the first role he played was Adejare in Orogun Adedigba, which was Oyin Adejobi’s autobiography. After he spent nine years with Oyin Adejobi, Kola got admitted into the University of Ife theatre, where he worked with the late veteran dramatist and scholar, in the person of chief Ola Rotimi. Kola Oyewo was known for the role he played as “Odewale” in the movie Gods aren’t responsible , a drama by Ola Rotimi.
Oyewo joined the services of Obafemi Awolowo University In the year 1996,, where he saw his rank rose to the senior lecturer before he finally retired in September 2011. After his retirement from Obafemi Awolowo University, he later joined the services of Redeemer’s University, where he currently is head of the department of dramaturgy . he’s currently performing at Elizade University Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State as a humanistic discipline lecturer.
A veteran actor and university lecturer, Dr. Kola Oyewo, shares his life experiences during this interview with FEMI MAKINDE
How does one juggle acting and teaching?
Well, it’s easy because I teach what I practise; it’s not a matter of teaching in just the Department of Mathematics then getting to act plays. I studied theatre arts, I practise theatre arts and that i teach theatre arts, therefore the experience I garner from film locations comes in handy while teaching in classrooms. The textbooks that I even have read help me in interpreting my roles at film locations and on stage, therefore the two (teaching and acting) complement one another .
Do you act on stage together with your students when teaching them practicals?
Aahhh…well, I demonstrate (laughs), I demonstrate to them and in some cases, we became involved in productions together. Students will participate , I too will participate also in the same production. I appear on stage with my students also in the same production. Even recently at Ado Ekiti , we staged The gods aren’t responsible . I played the role of Alaka and a few of my students played other roles, we were on the stage together.
As a teacher and a star, how does one handle female students who might want your attention?
Attention as how? (Laughs)…I see everybody, male and feminine , as my children. You know, i’m fairly old, i wil getting to be 70 in March, so, like they assert in Yoruba, the eyes that have seen the ocean and therefore the lagoon, what other river would cause you to feel surprised? So, I see them as my children, I even have my very own children, I even have male and feminine children and i also have grandchildren, so I treat them as my children. i’m happily married and that i don’t have marital problem, so why would i buy myself involved in what I call illicit feeling with my female students? i’m alleged to lay exemplar for them. So, that’s the way I see life, I don’t see being a teacher as a chance to start out messing around with female students. I don’t roll in the hay . While i used to be at Ife, I didn’t roll in the hay , my five years at the Redeemer’s University, I didn’t roll in the hay , and that i have spent almost two years at Ado Ekiti, I even have not done anything like that.
Kola Oyewo’s Wife
The Veteran is happily married to Ola Rotimi. He veteran actor said in an Interview with punch: “She came to hitch us at Ori Olokun. Ola Rotimi visited Ekiti once we wanted to try and do Ogun Onire. He wanted to conduct audition for women who could sing in Ekiti dialect and my wife was in Ekiti at that point , because her grandmother was in Igbara Odo and she or he visited live there together with her, so she speaks the dialect, she attended the audition and Rotimi employed her. That was how I saw her and said ‘ah omo re’…(Laughs)”.
Kola Oyewo’s Movies
The Veteran actor have starred over 150 Yoruba movies, of which some of the movies have been listed below;
- Sango (1997)
- Super Story (episode 1)
- The Gods aren’t responsible
- Saworo Ide
- Koseegbe (1995) and many more.
Kola Oyewo Age, Birthday & Year
The Nollwood star was born on the 27th of march 1946. Kola Oyewo celebrated his 74th birthday at Ile Ife few days ago before he was graced by veteran actor Dele Odule, Toyin.
Kola Oyewo’s Net-worth – $ 750,000
The veteran actor is one of the most influential in Nigeria with an estimated Net-worth of about $ 750,000 and with a number of exceptional eye catching movies that have received enormous sales, not excluding several endorsement deals and businesses as well.
Kola Oyewo is one of the few Nigerian actor that have left his foot print already in the Nigerian film industry, considering how influential he has been in recent years. Having said all of these, Kola Oyewo’s personal life, career and so many other achievements in the past has made he so famous that he his widely known both in Nigeria and Africa.
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