BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Nollywood actor and producer, Babafemi Mauton Osunkoya, more commonly known as Femi Branch is celebrating 25 Years on both the stage and the big screen. The actor’s career started in 1991 in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he was an undergraduate of Dramatic Arts.
The actor has been sharing some of the highlights of his acting career on Instagram with the hashtag #FemiBranch25YearsActing.
A few days ago he described his first and only working experience with award-winning Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji and why Faithia Balogun is one of his favorite on-screen wives.
About Genevieve, he shared the picture above and said,
“LET ME TALK ABOUT” – (GENEVIEVE NNAJI) – My first and only working experience with @genevievennaji till date was in her very first Muson stage performance way back in d 90s. Tho many felt she might have taken the stage for granted then which might have affected her performance (maybe I thot so then too ?) but there’s no denying the fact that what she lacked in presence then on that stage, she made up for with a whole lotta heart! We were feeling cool back then cos it was like we stage actors versus the screen goddess herself! But she was the one that walked off with the largest cheque, so the joke was on us! What I loved about her was dat, at the end of the day, she was just Genny. She was herself, annoyingly adorable and almost making me miss my lines while I was scoping her… c amebo pple don dey open ear ? #FemiBranch25YearsActing”
He also talked about Fathia Balogun and how he got her into trouble with her ex-husband Saidi Balogun. He wrote,
“LET ME TALK ABOUT” – (FAITHIA BALOGUN) – Faithia or ‘Igwa’ as she is also called was the first actress to play my wife in a Yoruba movie, that was in the movie ELEBUTE by Oga Bello. We connected instantly on the Ikorodu set and I believe I got her into trouble with her former husband Saidi then when I said I wanted to try the famous Ikorodu barbecued fish and she, Funso Adeolu and the late Diallogue Director, Alhaji Lateef I think, offered to take me to one of the popular fish spots in town. I think Saidi somehow found out she had left set with some men and came after her. It was not funny I swear but we became friends since then. Despite the obvious distraction from her domestic life then, she displayed such professionalism that I found myself wondering how she pulled dat off (she had enough practice I guess) We have done countless jobs since then and bn married on more occasions that I can recall. I dare say @faithiawilliamsbalogun is one of my favorite screen wives and no doubt someone I look forward to working with all the time. All hail Igwaa!!! #FemiBranch25YearsActing.”
45-year-old Femi Branch is famously known as Oscar Lord Williams for his character in Domino. He has also featured in Desperate Housewives Africa, Out of luck, A Place in the Stars, Marriage of Anansewa, The Negotiator (his Kannywood debut movie) and many other movies. Femi has said that working with Joke Silva on Lufodo Productions’ Shylock is one of the highest points of his career so far.
Image Credit: Femi Branch/Instagram