Veteran actor, Tajudeen Oyewole , popularly known as Abija , became famous in the Nigerian movie industry in the 80s and early 90 s for his roles as herbalist in movies.
However , fast forward to the present day and it seems the once vibrant actor’ s name has been consigned to oblivion as he has not been as visible on the television screen as he used to be.
In a chat with Saturday Beats , he said some people used to think he was an herbalist because of the roles he played in movies.
“ People often ask if I am an herbalist in real life because of my routine roles in movies , even though I have a background in Ifa divination , I am not an herbalist
People in my neighbourhood would call me Abija ; they used to be scared of me in real life but I always told them I was not a diabolical and that it was just acting .
My roles as Abija were my best performances ; interestingly, I can handle any role in the movie industry .
“ When I don’ t dress in my attire as Abija , some people don’ t recognise me . It still pains me that I didn ’ t further my education ; at this age even though I want to go back to school , it is too late because I have to cater for my wife and children .
It was quite difficult for my parents to accept my choice of career ; they felt it was only stubborn people that used to act in movies. They were only convinced when I started becoming famous .
“ I am happy about the positive developments in the movie industry ; things have really improved compared to when I started .
The youngsters in the entertainment industry have really helped in making the industry bright , ” he said .
He also added that the government should put more effort into combating piracy in the industry .
“ The government should help the movie industry because piracy has really affected its growth .
If they can help , artisans will be able to get reasonable monetary value for their sweat.
If the industry becomes more lucrative, when a colleague needs financial help , others would be able to render help .
Presently , aside from acting , I travel to the North to get meat to sell to people that have made requests for it .
“ My wish this year is that I complete my building project. I have lost some things in the past, and I pray that God will recover them for me .
For example , there was a time I was involved in an accident some years back , some people thought I was dead because of how damaged the car was , ” he added .