By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Think rituals and you’re likely to imagine KOK or Chiwetalu Agu. Think ridiculously funny and Mr Ibu will pop up in your mind’s eye before anyone else. Think unnecessarily loud gateman with a not too funny jokes and Baba Suwe will not be far from that.
Is it their fault that these Actors have seemingly been stereotyped since they joined the Industry? I am not here to do a theses on that. What I am here for is to give you a list, one I hope you will enjoy, on the most stereotyped Actors in Nollywood.
Note: These Actors are so stereotyped, seeing them in something else is always almost unconvincing.
Imagine Baba Suwe as a well behaved Bank MD and that will most likely guarantee you a migraine. Reason why? It is almost hard imagining him as anything other than lousy, uncouth gateman with a penchant for referring to the female breast as “Oranges” and the male reproductive organ as “Banana”
Hey, don’t blame us, blame Nollywood.
Chioma Chukwuka – Akpotha
Chioma did try to be a bad girl in a few movies in the past. But she was as unconvincing and as painful to watch as Will Smith’s accent in Concoction.
No, it is not Ms Chukwuka’s fault, we have just been made used to seeing her as a long-suffering wife.
The amazing ability to act like an idiot and get away with it so many times probably only lies with John Okafor aka Mr Ibu.
In his Mr Ibu series, he has constantly been able to trigger laughter even from people that are not fans of his movies.
Reason why we will never want to see him as anything else.
She ranks high as one of the most stereotyped Actors in Nollywood history. Interestingly, Patience Ozokwor did not start out playing a witch, her first major role as Genevieve’s mother in Ijele, saw her playing a sharp contrast to what we see often these days.
But it seems Patience has patiently allowed Nollywood to stereotype her over the years and she has no issues with it.
Ogogo aka Taiwo Hassan
It is either this man thinks he is the only good guy left in this world or the Directors/Marketers cannot see him as anything other than that.
He is the ONLY actor whose chauvinism and sexism is justified in Yoruba movies. Ogogo does bad and a stupid, confusing twist is thrown in somewhere to make it all right.
It would be refreshing to see him as someone else, you know, get his hands dirty. But what are the chances we will be convinced sef?
We have seen Patience Osen play a witch mostly in her career. Can she act well? Definitely. Will she be convincing playing someone else? Who knows? Presently that is hard to imagine.
The memes this Actor’s face has generated is an obvious indication that he is mostly known as one single character in his career.
Shame, because Chiwetalu Agu is an amazing performer and should never have been stereotyped.
If you have ever seen this guy in any movie where he is not making noise over nothing or being absolutely disrespectful then you are lucky. Because, seeing him being portrayed a public nuisance is all the rest of us get to see.
I believe Baba Tee has it in him as an Actor, maybe it is time someone cast him differently.