BY ADEOLA AKINSEMOYIN
Veteran Nollywood actor Paul Obazele was recently interviewed by The Sun in which he talked about his marriage, career and lots more. He was popular in TV series like Ripples, Checkmate and others. He was also a one-time president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP).
Speaking on his character in the new movie Iyore he said, “I played the character of Oba Izuwa. In Benin culture, the oba is seen as god, sent by the almighty to look after a group of people, therefore, he is treated as that. And he takes his subjects with seriousness and all sense of responsibility. He’s the custodian and defender of that culture. He cannot be found wanting, he does not have the ability to commit sin.”
On piracy, he said: “From when I was the president of Association of Movie Producers, I had fought piracy. I have taken it head on with the government. I’ve always said that if they have not prosecuted somebody, they have not done enough. You take the bull by the horn. It’s a hard punch and the punch has to be below the belt.“
About his life outside acting he said, “I’m a very playful human being, and my wife jabs me most of the time because I play a lot…My wife is a banker. I met her on one of the days I was hard up; I went to the bank with a cheque given to me by Chico Ejiro. I got to the bank with a post-dated cheque that I didn’t know it was post-dated, but I thought I could swing it with my star status. And my friends who accompanied me said: ‘that girl wey dey there no dey hear word; she is a very stubborn girl’. But I accosted her and she told me ‘no’, even while saying that, she was laughing. Then she told me that if I wouldn’t mind, she would lend me some money. At that point, I stood up angrily and stormed out of the bank. As I left, I said to myself: ‘I’ll teach you what stars do. I will sleep with you and scram’. So I came back, toasted her and lured her in. But she said ‘if your plan is to sleep with me then you won’t’. (Laughs) Like joke, we became friends and today we are married!“