Mr. Latin

Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr. Latin, has explained why it seems Mr. Ibu and Osoufia are better than Yoruba comic actors like himself and Odunlade Adekola.

The actor, who is now studying Peace and Conflict Resolution at National Open University of Nigeria, left secondary school 35 years ago.

He told Sunday Scoop, “John Okafor, Osuofia and others are fantastic actors and comedians, but they are not better than us. They are just fortunate to be speaking a universally-accepted language and they are all graduates too. So, if I can add a little bit of education to my profile, I believe I will go places. That has been my determination and I am working towards it.

Hesaid, “If King Sunny Ade and King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, aka KWAM 1go to Uganda or any other country, the way they would be accepted will be different from the way Wizkid, Olamide and Davido would be accepted.

Mr. Latin and wife

“The younger artistes sing with English Language even though they still add the local dialect. It means people in other countries will relate with their music better. Whether we like it or not, the truth is that Yoruba language is limited to a small set of people.”

Also, Mr. Latin declared his desire to join the public office some day, but there was no way such dream would come true if he didn’t have a university certificate.

He explained further, “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I may be fortunate to venture into politics or I may be fortunate to have a friend in the Presidency, who is passionate about the theatre and thinks I can be of help. But if I don’t have a certificate to back it up, I will not be able to do it.

“I know it is not easy combining acting and schooling, but I try to make both work. It is all about having a scale of preference and using your time well. I work during the day and I study at night. I make use of the Internet well too.”

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