Soji Taiwo, a renowned Nollywood actor popularly known as Omo Banke, shocked his thronging fans by agreeing to an interview with BBC Yoruba. Omo Banke became well-known for using coarse language and acting like a gangster in movies. He made a point of stating during the conversation how different he is in reality.
He emphasized that the only time he consumes alcohol is when he attends an event and is feeling shy, noting that he does not smoke or drink in his daily life.
“When I go out, and I’m feeling shy I take a small sip of alcohol that will not have an effect on me to mishave or get drunk.”
How Soji Taiwo got his big break
The actor also mentioned that his late father, Yomi Taiwo, was a Juju musician, therefore he came from a family in the entertainment industry.
He stated that before being well-known for his slang and thuggery and choosing to continue with it, he had played a variety of characters, including lover boy and calm guy.
Before God revealed himself to Soji, he used to only be given one or two scenes to act in but never a starring role.
He delivered a heartfelt tribute to the late Alhaji Yekeen Ajileye, may he rest in peace:
“Ajileye gave me a big break with Eran Iya Oshogbo in the movie I killed Iya Gbonko’s cat because she was a witch and I gave her voice that was why I got my Omo Banke name.”
The actor further noted that it wasn’t an easy journey for him as he has been acting for 25 years and maintained that new entrants in the movie industry are enjoying it now.