The university operates two campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria.
In this post, I will be sharing with you 3 famous nollywood actors that studied there:
1. Sadiq Daba
Sadiq Abubakar Daba, known simply as Sadiq Daba died 3 March 2021, was a Nigerian actor and broadcaster. In 2015, he won Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as "Inspector Waziri" in October 1.
He had his secondary education at St. Edward's Secondary School. He got higher degrees in many institutions including Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.
Daba has worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority. His acting career came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.
Daba announced his diagnosis of leukemia and prostate cancer in 2017 and was supported with fundraising by several Nigerians including Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Mabel Oboh.
On 3 February 2018, Daba joined Project Pink Blue to walk against cancer to commemorate World Cancer Day He died on 3 March 2021 at the Ayinke General hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.
2. Ibrahim Suleiman
Ibrahim Onimisi Suleiman was born on the 25th of September 1983. He became an official member of the human race in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. The graduate of Architecture of Ahmadu Bello University. After dancing professionally for 11 years, he decided to venture into acting where he met his wife Linda Ejiofor.
Although he was birthed in Northern Nigeria, his state of origin is Edo State and the juxtaposition of these two cultures has gone more than a mile in informing his work as a performer. This is why apart from speaking well articulated English, Ibrahim also speaks Hausa and Pidgin.
As an actor, Ibrahim has played major characters in everything from movies like “Lucky Me”, “Ibukun”, “Chat Room”, “Up North”, and “For Closure” to taking on roles on mini and web series like Ebony Life’s “MMM” and “Breaking Out”. He currently plays a core character, “Damini White” on AFMagic Tinsel. He also plays “Cornelius” on AFMagic E.V.E. and has had cameo appearances on AFMagic Jemeji.
When it comes to working with brands, Ibrahim is no novice. He has worked as a consultant to a handful of advertising agencies over the last decade on ad campaigns which had dance content, like the PING ME campaign for MTN, the iCre8 Ads for GTBank, MTN Pulse Ads, Verve, Malta Guinness and so much more.
He has also appeared in TV commercials for Peak Milk, GTBank, Malta Guinness, and MTN amongst others. The role he is perhaps most popular for is being the “Man In The Box” for MTN’s SME campaign.
3. Yemi Solade
Yemi Solade is a veteran Nollywood actor and film producer. He was born in Lagos on January 31, 1960. He is popular in the film industry for his roles in the films: Voiceless scream, Widow, and Elevator baby.
Yemi Etieme Solade was born on January 31, 1960, in Surulere Lagos, State – he is 61 years old as of 2021. His mother is from Oron in Akwa Ibom State, and his father is from Egbe in Ogun State.
During his early days in Lagos State, he grew up in Adeniran Ogunsanyi, along Ogunlana Drive. He attended St. John’s Elementary School. Acquilla and went on to Birch Freeman High School for his high school. After an unsuccessful attempt to obtain his A’level certification, he continued his studies at Oyo OSCAS School of Arts and Sciences, preparing for JAMB. He attended Ife University, now Obafemi Awolowo University (O.A.U.), under the supervision of Professor Wole Soyinka.
He graduated in Dramatic Arts from O.A.U. and enrolled at A.B.U. Zaria for a Masters in Public Administration. He holds a degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Leicester and a degree in International Relations from the O.A.U. He completed the National Youth Corps program in Maiduguri, where he taught at Ramat Polytechnic. He then moved to Kaduna Polytechnic, where he taught general studies, communication skills, and literature.
Yemi started performing at the age of 17, during Festac 77, the Festival of Arts and Culture, organized in 1977. As a young Surulere boy, he was a dance champion in Lagos state for three years consecutively and represented Africa in the world dance competitions in Spain. He first appeared on stage during a 45-minute monologue titled “Crazy Youngie,” where he played the role of a passenger and driver.
After Yemi Solade completed his studies, he taught at universities and polytechnics such as Maiduguri University, Ramat Polytechnic, and Kaduna Polytechnic. He moved to Kaduna, where he became Deputy Director of the Kaduna Music and Theater Society, founded by the British Deputy High Commission. Later in 1993, he joined O.A.U., where he was appointed artistic director of the theater company of professor Ola Rotimi.
He directed his first Yoruba film “Oju Inu” (Insight), directed by Wale Adenuga, owner of the PEFTI Institute. His team initially released the film at the Muson Center, but due to financial hurdles, the film failed to take that step.
Yemi has appeared in all of Wale Adenuga’s series, including Papa Ajasco, Super Story, This Life, and Odd World. He is known for his roles in films like Voiceless Scream, Widow, and Elevator Baby. He also starred in other films like Madam Dearest, Pasito Deinde, Iriri Mi, Bread Winner, Thunderbolt, My Experience, Shadows, Gbagede, The Other Woman.
Yemi is married to Hannah Marsh Solade, a woman he met on Wale Adenuga’s “Super Story”. He married Hannah after divorcing his first wife, a lady Shohuarab, for religious reasons. Yemi revealed in an interview that her parents wanted to Islamize him. His marriage to Hannah gave him two children, a girl and a boy named Rola Solade and Femi Solade.
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