I almost ran mad day I was paid 60 kobo for a movie role – Okunnu

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Popular comic actor, Wale Akorede aka Okunnu, has opened up on the day he would never forget in his over two decades of acting career.

In a chat with Saturday Beat, the 50-year old actor said he was so happy the day he was paid 60 kobo after a movie role and that he almost ran mad .

“The first time I received money for acting was in 1984 and I was paid 60 kobo . When I was given the money , I almost ran mad . I was very impressed and encouraged to do the job; presently , I earn well for most of the roles I play , ” he said.

Also speaking on what makes him look younger than his age , said, “God is the one who strengthens me ; I don ’ t eat much but I take multivitamins to take care of myself. ”

Popular for his comical roles in movies, Okunnu however doesn’t feel caged by such.

“I don ’ t feel stereotyped by playing such roles because I can still take up any role. I have played all sorts of roles in movies . But the funny thing is that even when I do serious roles, people still laugh because of the stereotype , ” he said with a smile .

Okunnu also spoke on why he would never stop acting .

“I am always happy; I don ’ t allow challenges to weigh me down. I loved acting as a child but my parents were not in support of it. I started full -time acting after my father died . I even ran away from home several times because I wanted to be on location. My mother gave me her full support when she started seeing me on screen .

“I used to be a proper businessman before , but acting runs through my veins . The field of business is a playground for me but there is no other profession I would rather do than this . Acting is my destiny. ”

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