BY TOMILOLA COCO ADEYEMO
They literally ruled the bad boy scenes in Nollywood movies in the nineties and what was quite interesting about these men was how different and strong each of their characters were.
This didn’t mean they weren’t cliche or eventually stereotyped, but you knew whenever any of these guys came on screen, you were going to get your money’s worth.
Check on them…
MUFTAU SANNI ADIO aka Ajigijaga aka Broken Bottle
In the 90s, at the very beginning of the Yoruba arm of Nollywood’s inception was Broken bottle. The rugged looking, cold faced, then young man had his own soundtrack.
When you see Ajigijaga on screen, you knew someone was about to get hurt, get schooled or get karma coming to them.
And even though this guy was a villain in most of the movies he was casted in, he had a large fan base that rooted for him.
Ajigijaga might only be making news these days for marrying a woman thirty years younger, but he once ruled the bad boy kingdom.
All you had to see was Mr Jack’s build and you knew someone was either being fiercely protected by him or he was about to deal ruthlessly with someone.
What made Jack interesting, however, was the fact that sometimes, he was that bad boy/thug we hate to love.
From acting as a warrior in epic-themed Nollywood movies, to being a bodyguard in politically-themed movies to being an assassin, dude had his game on lockdown.
And we miss him.
The accent, the guns and the swagger were some of the things that described this guy whenever he appeared on TV screens and even though he did not make his mark until the early 2000s, he was the preferred actor to play thug/bad boy in many Nollywood movies back when he began his career.
Hanks Anuku was such a bad boy in his roles as a Villain in many English speaking movies that he was cast in the lead role of “Ogidan” a ruthless armed robber in the highly publicised and successful Yoruba movie, Ogidan back in 2003.
And even though many may have had problems with his acting, he was getting those roles on the regular back then.
SIKIRU ADESINA aka Arakangudu
He might have been a bit too overweight or old for most of his rogueish roles but Mr Adesina always killed them all… especially when he wasn’t trying to speak English.
And even though he has been reported to take a leave from acting indefinitely, he has made his mark, has played his role well and has left quite the memories.
JT TOM WEST
He might have been dead for nine years, but the Nollywood actor is probably one of the few who played the bad boy role and slayed it.
JT Tom West unlike most of the other guys on this list did play other roles but the ones he thrived in and which he is usually more remembered for are the ones where he played the Villain.
He was so good, these days, waking him from the dead to come school some of the new actors is almost an option. #RIPMrWest.