How I Got My Stage Name – Actor, Segun Arinze

Segun Arinze, a renowned Nigerian actor, has spoken about how he came by his stage name.

The film actor, who was initially known as Segun Aina, stated that he changed his stage name to ‘Segun Arinze’ in 1991 while pursuing a music career.

He said this during a recent interview with Biola Bayo on the ‘TalktoB’ podcast,

“I was also singing. In 1991, I was told someone wanted to sign me. ‘We are going to sign you on’. He came from Sony Music. So he called me and I signed the contract. He signed. And then he said ‘Okay we are going to start recording’,”

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“Went to Ife to do Dramatic Arts. My dad did not like the idea because he wanted me to be a lawyer. At a point in time, I thought he was not going to pay my school fees to go and read drama.

“Then the National Theatre was running an open theatre then… ‘welcome new artiste Segun Arinze’. I said ‘excuse me sir what is this? I said why are you changing my name? The album came out – ‘Dreams’. Everywhere was ‘Segun Arinze, Segun Arinze. That was how the name got changed from Segun Aina to Segun Arinze in a nutshell”.