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Yoruba Actors And Actresses In Nollywood Are Better?

Yoruba Actors are still 100% better than English speaking actors in Nollywood.

Yoruba movies do not cost a fortune, but they are still better than the so called epic movies of Nollywood.

Yoruba actors and actresses are more natural and more credible in characterization than the Ibo and Urhobo/Isoko actors in Nollywood.

Yoruba actors and actresses are even more professional even though they don't earn as much as the much talked about Nollywood stars.

Baba Suwe is better than Osuofia.

Sola Shobowale is best actress in Nollywood.

She acts both Ibo and Yoruba roles.

She is just awesome!

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Yoruba tribe is famous for its creative and artistic people. No wonder there are many Yoruba actors and actresses in Nollywood. Back in 70ss of the last century Yoruba acting team decided to make one step further and started shooting movies.

Among the top Yoruba actors of Nollywood there are such names as Odunlade Adekola and Femi Adebayo. The actresses’ fame list includes Mercy Aigbe, Dayo Amusa and Funke Akindele. READ ALSO: The most beautiful actress in Africa - top 10 list at https://ask.naij.com/culture/the-most-beautiful-actress-in-africa-top-10-list-i23389.html.

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The content in the movie is better.

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I think the subject of the post should have been who are better: Actors/Actresses in Nollywood or Yoruba movies? For me, it is those in the Yoruba movie industry. They act effortlessly. It shouldn't be about tribe cos we have yorubas in the English speaking Nollywood industry, just as we have non Yorubas in the Yoruba movie industry who have a plus as they can act in both - Rachel Oniga, Liz Benson, Kelvin Ikedugba etc. This list debunks the argument of those who say actors in Yoruba movie industry are better cos they deliver in their native tongue. Faithia Balogun, Doris Simeon, Toyin Aimakhu, Mercy Aigbe are not Yoruba but they are very good. For me it is yoruba movies anytime, anyday. Nollywood is too fake for me!

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@ Orkinla U Forget one of the best actresses of yoruba for all time My Girl Funke Akindele If U Havent Seen JENIFA it is a must watch watch her movies and one question how do u do that green square

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i agree!

lets put it this way yoruba speaking movies makes more sense, are more creative

and the actors are more natural than their counter-parts

i used to watch both but am so fed up with Nigerian English movies (the storylines are repetitive)

the actors are too fake (false accents of diff nationalities)

in all lets remember that even igbo actors do yoruba films

and likewise yoruba actors do English films ,

its not abt tribes

and for the guy doubting Ramsey Noah is yoruba, hard as it seems

yes he is. his only connection to Nigeria is his mum who is from Ondo state.

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Hell with the english actors and their movie, their move is all about love. The yorubas make a lot of senses.

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yoruba movies for life why watch some funky english film when i can have some funke akindele. i'd watch english movie if its a high rated film taht everyones talking about cos theres always one english film in a year thats on point

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i use 2 be a fan of igbo or english 9ja movies but. . . i go fed up

same old borin stuff. .

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@topic. .

I totally 100%ly agree wif u. . .

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hello,

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@Orikinla

When your name is a yoruba movie, why wont you be crazy about a silly useless unproductive topic!

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Only Nigerian movies done in our native languages can qualify for the foreign film category of the Academy Awards and not the English Nollywood movies.

The South African films nominated for the Oscars and the one that won an Oscar were in their native language and that is what the Americans and British people want to see.

Originality and not parodies or poor imitations of Hollywood.

The South African film industry is not called by any "wood" or whatever, but they are highly rated and more commercially successful than Nollywood movies.

Quality is all that matters.

Nigeria is always bragging about the quantity of movies we make and about being the most populous nation in Africa, but we are lagging far behind South Africa and Namibia.

I am an artist and a writer and I have been using my network in the global village to give Nollywood producers and directors international opportunities, but twice they have embarrassed and disappointed me before international commissions.

They rejected their movies as being substandard.

The audio-visual attache at the French embassy even said he would be embarrassed to show the movies to their commissioners in France.

The other notable director could not prove his mettle.

They have granted over 300, 000 Euros to five Nigerian filmmakers, but they were disappointed by the results.

The Nigerians spent half of their grants on buying new cars and other properties and then used the remaining funds to make substandard movies.

One told me his film would be on 35mm and typically, I went to hype globally and when I previewed the movie, he confessed that it was not shot on 35mm.

I was disappointed.

The problem is that they don't cooperate and prefer to compete among themselves.

They can cooperate and collaborate to make serious films in Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa like the "Langbodo" play that won Nigeria the first prize at FESTAC' 77.

We should not stop encouraging them.

Practice makes perfect.

Watch out for Mark Kusare and Kenneth Gyang.

I can bet on them.

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I want you to preview some new Nollywood movies on Nigerian Times Video News and please, comment on the featured previews.

I welcome all producers of Nollywood movies to submit their movies to be previewed and the selected ones will be shown on my Montage Internationale Online Cinema on pay per view basis and the producers or marketers would be paid from the subscriptions.

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The best actors are not the ones that act out who they are but those that represent characters that are totally different from thier normal lives. Checkout Leo Dicapio in Blood Diamonds. He was totally into that role. And that's what some Igbo actors do so easily

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It's not really that yoruba actors are better than their english speaking colleagues,but they only seem more comfy with their roles because they have the good fortune of interpreting the characters they play in their mother tongue.It is a huge huge advantage for any nigerian actor to interprete his roles in his mother tongue over nigerian actors who interprete roles in english.

Why are hollywood actors so smooth with their various roles?Because they interprete in their mother tongue,yankee english.

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I really think Yoruba films are better but the problem is the flow of cash in the industry

the marketing strategies they adopt are poor,

they never try to capture the attention on non yoruba viewers

they also tend to concentrate on the storylines and forget that not everyone cares bout that

This is also the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood(India)

The Hollywood producers spend money on the extra stuffs like stunts sound effects and marketing while you see the indian movies with better storylines and no publicity

The main issue is that the yoruba section of the Nigerian Movie industry should try to sell themselves to non-yoruba movie-watchers if not the story will never change.

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1 of every 10 Nigeria movie is Yoruba!!

Yoruba film this Yoruba film that and can some one please tell me where i can get one? subtitled!! let me see what all the noise is all about

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Let me if I may add ,my 2 cents,

Most Yoruba Movie actors are ,

, they appear more fluid and comfortable delivering their roles.

After much delibration with colleagues of mine we concluded that its probably because they are performing in their native language.

Even withing this gifted set of actors, we still have both the good and the bad.

And I'll share a unique info I came across with you - 6 of 10 movies produced in Naija are Yoruba! The other 4 of 10 is shared between English, Igbo, and recently Hausa speaking movies.

I must point out that Nollywood also has a few very good English speaking actors/actresses - but theres are the ones who are not only trained but also who do not "pretend" to be westernized. Such wonderful examples being Pete Edochie, Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva, Zack Orji, Richard M. Damijo and so forth. For an actor to pull off a foreign culture - it usually takes a lot more than Nollywood actors are afforded to invest - time, research and field-study, etc They are usually given 2 weeks to come up with an American character and we the viewers then end up getting what we get. I only wish more of the "pop star" talents love the art enough to get formal training

Thnx for readding - pls give feedback! :-)

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I'm not a Yoruba guy, but the truth is that the Yoruba actors and actresses seems to be more professional than the so-called English acts. I'm a professional movie critics and I get tired of watching a Nollywood English movie because I'm tired of straining my eyes to hear my fellow countrymen and women talking. Sometimes it seems like a jam of Haitian/Jamaican born in NYC, raised in England schooling in T & T. They just mess everything up with their "fone"

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Actually you are one of those wack people in our movie industry!! after so many years of being on set with all the supposed experience you have in movie, you are still a nobody!! doesn't that tell you something?. Envy like some stated above is your main problem.

South African movies has gotten awards and even Spanish movies too or movies made in Palestine and what about Bollywood? or do all American movies get awards? give Nollywood the resources and time it needs and the awards will start coming in and when i say time i mean "to get wacks like you removed from the Nigerian movie industry"

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Qoute from Henry 007 -"i'm willin 2 become a yoruba playboy anyday anytime , i'm sure many of u would agree i got the yoruba look?"

Checked your profile and I am 100% sure that you'll be given a chance in one of the wacked yoruba movies!No go face your studies, na playboy u wan become,without money and gd looks, that can work!No bad blood oo,it's just a piece of advise

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i'm willin 2 become a yoruba playboy anyday anytime , i'm sure many of u wld agree i got the yoruba look?

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Have any of you seen Jacob's Cross on DSTV? A South African production with a part-Nigerian storyline? Good production values, a decent script and plot. Why can't we produce material like this - lack of fundng? Lack of imagination? One of my friends is a major Nollywood producer - I'll have to ask him.

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Lol, and i thought i was the only one that noticed that poo. . .

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From the stage in the 1980S to the screen in the 1990s to date, I have been on sets with the leading Yoruba and Igbo actors. Therefore, I can say what I know from experience.

Yoruba actors are true artists and their naturalism makes them better actors.

When there was no money in acting, most of the Igbo actors were not interested in acting.

But when the Igbo Electronics traders saw that they could import cassettes and CDs and fill them with B-rated home movies to be sold to their housewives and fellow Igbos, they jumped on the stage and are very artificial, because the greed for capital is their pivot and not the love for the Art.

Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO).

Why are they always shouting when they are speaking, even when they are meant to be a couple making love alone in the bedroom?

You are watching a Nollywood movie, you just see that they are artificial. They are too camera conscious.

Genevieve and Ini Edo are displaying for their boyfreiends and sugar daddies before the cameras.

I won't mention the other names, because they are my relations and pals. And when you tell them the truth, they refuse to accept their faults.

South Africa is not the third largest movie making country in the world, but South Africa has won two Oscars and have qualified for highly rated film festivals where Nollywood films did not even qualify for screening.

From Pa Orlando Martins to Olu Jacobs, Yoruba actors have blazed the trail in acting.

A script does not make a good actor, but a good actor makes a script great.

15 years of Nollywood and all we can boast of is quantity?

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Love44, you;re an and that's all i have to say.

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i quite a agree when it comes to production i give it to the Ibo/Nollywood English Speaking Movies.Acting is very Bad, and i feel the reason is the lack of originality in the acting of most of our English movie stars, most just want to copy hollywood in an obvious and irritating manner, they do and say things that are allien to the everyday Nigerian Experience, and for me that is a Big minus to their acting, even the yorubas in the English speaking Nollywood Genre are no better, but by contrast while many yoruba language movies lack good productions (with the execption of Mainframe) the acting is soooo real that as a Nigerian and a Yoruba person i can easily relate with the story and the action and of the actor, since it is something that i come across anyday, on the whole Nollywood still has a long way to go in order to create an identity for its self

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How come majority of Yoruba people are so tribalistic and also find it hard to associate with other people other than their tribe. I am calabar to be exact,

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I've explained this already - it's a question of speaking in your mother tongue which makes the actor's expression more credible, not what tribe (s)he is.

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of course yoruba actors and actresses are better. they keep it real.

all you see in english films are fake Bottom accents, & boring predictable story lines. there are only a few good ones left.

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Seen a couple of yoruba movies and i must confess they are 100% better than d so-called english ones.most of their actors speak the language well compared to english actors who cant pronounce simple words

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The main problem lies with the scripts - the writers stick to the same formulaic material and same stock plots which I admit are extremely popular but totally undemanding.

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Although i agree that yoruba movies are deeper and probably more entertaining than english movies their actors are not as good also considering the fact that they dont act with scripts.They over-act and have no continuity.Still ill watch 2 yoruba movies to 1 english movie.Even my husband whose ghanian enjoys them.

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Dear people, the title of this thread misses the point. The reason why Yoruba-speaking actors seem "better" by which I presume is meant "more convincing", is that they are speaking in their native tongue. When an actor speaks in his first language, there is no barrier between the actor and his material. English-speaking actors (Ibo, for the most part) are speaking a foreign, second language and have yet to find the right intonation, nuance for a particular scene. But watch those same actors speaking acting and speaking Igbo then even non-Igbo speaking viewers would immediately find their performances bringing a more powerful impact.

Its not a question of ethnicity.

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It is not just the Yoruba, even mainstream Nollywood is at it.

You are right, there are some really tribalistic people in our country.

However, in terms of acting, i think the quality of films on both sides have deteroriated over the years. Gone are the days of good sound acting and notable plays and scripts. Everyone is in it for the money, including the Yoruba film industry.

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Jealous Ones Still Envy, it's nobody's fault that you didn't see the potential in traditional African movies. Any African from S. Africa to anywhere watches and enjoys Nigerian movies, I met a Zimbabwean girl here and she started acting out Nollywood for me with Chineke and all the screaming involved. I was impressed!

You wonder why they scream, like you've ever been to a place where Nigerians speak in a low tone. Why do people like Nollywood movies? It depicts what every black African is and want to be, people won't be rushing to the store to buy trash. Trash doesn't find its way to ever African store in the West and trash isn't watched by every black African who can understand what is being said.

Orikinla and co. are filled with plain jealousy, you've been in the industry for so long and newcomers have become millionaires. Your lack of vision has killed you, praise those with foresight!

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That is absolute nonsense. Playwriting is for stage and stage and movies are not one and the same. Great prose have been adapted to great movies, if in doubt ask John Gardner.

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playwriting as a prelude to acting, that is what we are talking about here. shows you are the bigotted ingnorant!

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Ronkebaby. You are really a bigotted ignorant. If you remain in your locality, fixated with your idealized nonsense, how would you know about such polished great literary minds. Historically, at least within the contemporary nigerian literature, the yorubas have been more inclined to playwriting, while the Igbos dominate the prose. can you give me a decent prose written by a yoruba that's worth reading, apart from a few from Soyinka.

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pity, i have only heard of sofola. you see the others are not world renowned!

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@Ronkebaby

Have you ever heard of Zulu Sofola? Professor Ossie Onuora (Ossie Melody) Enekwe? Professor Catherine Chinweizu Acholonu, Okechukwu K. Ugorji, Paul Ndu, Obiora Udechukwu, Ernest Emenyonu, Buchi Emecheta and Elechi Amadi just to name a few.

How do you imagine a people like Igbos, so enterprising with reach far and wide haven't produced any notable playwrights?. . . Ok ohh!

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your cup of tea dear donzman. however popular you might find him to be, he is a no go area for me!!! and don't forget the english genre of nollywood movie becos of the language used as the medium of expression is more popular with other africa countries. so it would be very unwise for you to compare him with baba suwe on this level.

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i understood what you meant the first time and your explanation the second time confirms what i knew you meant. you are still very wrong my dia. you probably don't know much about yoruba films until of recent, hence your misinformation. the yoruba films have always been in existent. ask for when owo blow, efunsetan aniwura, oleku, ti oluwa nile and co were produced from pple. mainstream yoruba films did not start as a result of marginalization. conduct some research if you care to discover this fact.

as to your second point, ola rotimi and wole soyinka, dr. layinka, adebayo faleti, akinwunmi ishola etc and just to mention a few are all well known playwrites and university dons. i hope this buttresses one of the facts of the arguement. yoruba actors are better becos of their theoretical/educational background. yoruba has always laid lots of emphasis on education and this is the bedrock of their movie genre. i guess this solves your confusion as to why these pple are good. yeah they are good becos of their ethnic origin and their ethnicity laying high emphasis on education.

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Lol @ Ronkebaby and Thiefofhearts

Donzman tribalist?. . . You have to dig deeper, I'm not that shallow. I'm trying to tell you what I believe is true and you're delusional not to see that.

Mamaronke, you're alone with this particular opinion because Osuofia is popular all over Africa. Read accounts of him visiting Cameroon with large groups of Cameroonians coming out to catch a glimpse of the legend. If Baba Suwe visits my house, I could mistake the clown for a beggar!

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Havent heard that one before.

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@ Ronke Baby and Thiefofheart,

I never said that the Yoruba films started then. I said the "mainstream" yoruba movie, implying the post Nollywood or do you prefer home video" yoruba films started off due to percieved marginalization. These are at least what I gleaned from the various publication. I am not part of the industry - unless as a movie lover. I only stand for less rancourous relationship by the practitioners within the industry irrespective of what part of Nigeria they are from.

By the way, the late Ola Rotimi, Wole Soyinka and other great literary minds that we have in Nigeria are not who they are or achieved what they have achieved because of their genetic heritage, but because they are talented and have put their talent into good use. I hope you get that!

As for Thiefofheart, you really do care about "me" if not you wouldn't have bothered to respond hahahahaha

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You'd have to find someone who cares first.

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try and do some home work dia, then you would know how far ago the yorubas started acting and producing films. as far back as the 70es when i was very young, i heard of the baba sala, ogunde, ade love, ogunmola and co. am sure you know nothing about the history of yoruba movies. the greatest playwrites whom have always gone into movies/stage productions as far back like the wole soyinkas, ola rotimi and co are yorubas. you shd stop giving false information here. it is better you come to this forum and read to learn about facts as it is obvious you know nothing.

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