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Why Actress Foluke Daramola should be Celebrated in Nollywood

Foluke Daramola

The 'Yoruba Nollywood' has transitioned from the Traveling theatre to metamorphosing into the Celluloid Era. A significant era heralding a new culture of Theatre exploits into the Nigeria creative space. With the expansion of technology, we have waved behind the epoch of celluloid filmmaking to usher in the era of home video and digital productions in the Nigeria film industry. Today, the industry exists to celebrate diverse cultures in the country.

Foluke Daramola and Husband, Olukayode Salako

Worthy of note, while exploring the backdrop and legacy of what would now become Nollywood today, is the efforts of actors who film audience and critics now describe as 'Veterans' today. Without diverging into categories, some of those 'Veterans' who have acted in their capacities to shape the Yoruba sector of the film industry include; Hubert Ogunde, Oyin Adejobi, Ifayemi Elebuibon, Duro Ladipo, Grace Adejobi, Ayo Akinwale, Adebayo Salami, Kareem Adepoju, Lere Paimo, Tunde Kelani, Ade Afolayan, Adebayo Faleti, Ebun Oloyede, Tafa Oloyede and a long list of others.

Foluke Daramola and Bose Bello visit Iya Awero

The Yoruba Nollywood industry is surviving in a digital age with new stream of actors who would be celebrated as Veterans in some years to come. While some popular figures in the aforementioned list have passed away, some are still alive with little or no presence in film production anymore.

What is however baffling today is that, when an old aged Veteran surface in the public after years of no digital trace, they are either battling an ailment or struggling with survival that they resort to public donations. This, has since grown into a trend recording Veterans such as Alabi Yellow, Toyosi Arigbabuwo, Pastor Ajidara, Pa Kasunmu, Baba Suwe, Olumide Bakare and more following that line. While this trend raises serious concern, the deplorable state of living of some of these aged Veterans is another phenomenon that brings one to question the financial feasibility of their chosen career. Is money in this field or just a parade of fame? In fact, it takes only an ailment of an actor before one draws the conclusion that the film industry runs on 'audio money', substandard remuneration of actor's service, lack of unity and proper structure.

Foluke Daramola, Bose Bello with Yemi my lover

In the midst of this, the character of Foluke Daramola cannot remain unsung; a popular Nollywood actor and film producer who is refreshing hope of numerous veteran actors who have made indelible impacts in the industry. Through the combined efforts of Lagos State Government, colleagues, and her foundation, PARA; Foluke is engaging in a door to door outreach to these Thespians thereby sharing food items coupled with financial support to them.

Foluke Daramola with Pa Kasumu before his demise.

In recent time, some of the Veterans she has reached out to include Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero) , Kayode Olasehinde (Pa James), Yemi Ayebo (Yemi my lover), Alhaja Oreke, Babatunde Omidina (Baba Suwe), Iya Ibeji, Tunde Alabi, George Eyo, Larry Williams, Tola Oladokun and a host of others. It didn't end there, she championed the cause to manage the ailing condition of Ogun Majek who hopefully, would be back on his feet soon. She also proved her desire and strong commitment to give succor to Veteran actors when she came to the aid of late Pa Kasunmu who had health challenges while he was alive. When Abdulsalam Sanyaolu popularly known as 'Charles Olumo Agbako' celebrated his 95th birthday this year, worthy of adulation is the significance of Foluke who traveled from Lagos to Abeokuta to mastermind the birthday celebration.

Foluke Daramola visits Veteran actor, Tunde Alabi

On November 29th 2019, Foluke Daramola hosted a gala to celebrate aged Nollywood Veterans at the Anchor Events Centre, Agidingbi, Lagos State. It was the first of its kind as no other creative thespian has taken this route before. On the same night, she unveiled her foundation, PARA Africa Foundation (Passion Against Rape and Abuse in Africa).

Foluke Daramola with Alhaja Oreke

On her support for Veterans, she explained that "I discovered that many of the generational veteran in my industry are cut off from the activities of acting on our TV screens and are down with one form of health, emotional and economic issues or another, but without any existing concrete social or government platform(s) to help come in to intervene or address this situation.We can not continue to watch some of our aged veterans live in pains. We must not continue to abandon them to their fates. They need all of us now for support and care to live happily again."

Foluke Daramola with her kids

Foluke Daramola exudes grace, love and undaunted passion which has earned her a beautiful spot in the heart of many. Her sensational aura which complements her creative dexterity, no doubt, has been one of the scores of reasons she remain a delight to watch. The graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University has starred in numerous movies including Agogo Eewo, Durodola, Love (Ife), Lagido and more. She is happily married to Olukayode Salako and blessed with two children.

Written by Ayo Adams for Nollywood Circle.

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