Motivated by a desire to improve the quality of production of Nigerian movies, Ibadan-based Yoruba movie actor, Olasunkanmi Dada has established a new film school, Onisere Film Academy, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
“I noticed that lots of youths are joining the industry on daily basis. But unfortunately, most of them don’t have the necessary training to do a good job. I am convinced that if a school is established to train these youths, we would be developing the future of the industry,” Dada said.
Speaking further, he said: “I have watched how we do our things here, and I want to be part of the movement to develop the quality of our movies.”
The young actor, who also doubles as producer, fell in love with acting as a little child, after watching several television plays.
And soon after his secondary education, he made up his mind to pursue his dream of becoming an actor.
However, his father would have none of it. The old man wanted his son to be a banker. For his father, the movie industry is made up of people from bad homes. The father wanted his son to be a banker.
But, with determination, the old man later gave his blessing. Soon after, Sunkanmi joined the theatre group of Ojo Olowojolu, better known as Ojoojolu.
Sunkanmi’s debut movie, Ona Ola, opened the door for more jobs for the budding actor. And, expectedly, he followed up with other successful outings, including One Man Mopol.
But the quest for better life soon took him away from the screens when he traveled to China in 1998. But Sunkanmi soon drifted back to his first love- acting. And, in 2010, he found his way back into the industry.