Sokoti is one Mr Adewale Abdulrasak, he was born over sixty years ago, to the family of Mr Adeyemo Adewale, who was a farmer. Sokoti was number five and also the last born of the family. He a primary six school leaving certificate holder, who went to school then in the villages call, Belewu, Elese Erin, Onisango village and finally completed his primary six in one village called Lamini village, all in old Oyo state and now state of Osun. He was at some point forced to play prominent roles in a theatre group back then in his school days by his uncle who was a teacher, late Alagba Supo Koseemani, whom he lived with back then and doubled as the school cultural teacher and a professional theatre practitioner. He taught Sokoti inside and outside school, and made him to realize why he must know how to act having being in a custody of a teacher. Sokoti enjoyed his experience on stage as a child actor and can not live outside acting again even in adulthood. That is an overview of who I am. Thank you.
2. For how long have you been in the movie industry?
My main problem back then was my father who wouldn’t want me to go into acting as a profession. My father did all he could to stop me from acting and that made me to look like a prodigal son, who was defiant to his father’s advise. At some point he took me where I would learn battery charging as an apprentice. When I eventually left there after two years, I can no longer get Money from my father to eat because he doesn’t want to see me anymore, but I knew acting is all I wanted to do, all those years I used to run away from work for acting, and later joined my late brother Mr Oduola from another father, who was a professional driver, I went to him not because I wanted to learn driving but because I would be able to eat daily. Although I actually told the man I wanted to learn driving in disguise and he accepted me, I lived with him for some years, he taught me how to drive with tipper lorry, and later dropped one of the malam who was loading his motor then and that I should join the remaining two to load the lorry, whether sound, gravel or stone as the case may be, such that I would have the opportunity of sharing money realized from loading with them. With that I started getting money on daily bases, I had the grace of not eating from what I was getting from loading, I became somebody who was having money on my own from my daily savings, I later got money for my drivers license, and became a professional driver, but my love for acting was still there, I never wanted to leave acting. I later traveled with another brother, Mr Rahmon Omole to Kaduna, where I could be able to do what I really wanted to do at my own will. That was the moment when I started my career with my first theatre group with the name Ifepade. Then I was driving and also practicing as a professional theatre practitioner and up till today the story hasn’t changed. I went through many difficult times that a reasonable person has to pass through, well that should be another topic for another day.
4. You are one of the Nollywood stakeholders who consistently fought against piracy. How will you describe the experience?
If a medical doctor or a lawyer could allow their children to be doctors or lawyers, what stops me from allowing my own children to be actors, producers, directors as the case may be? But my candid advice is that they must finish their education first, so that they will be able to do it well.
6. What is your advise for young Nigerians who might be willing to come into the industry?
They can come but let them be well read, education allowed a football player to be President today in Liberia, nothing can be achieved meritoriously without sound education. Acting is like a free world, but you must be well read.
7. How lucrative is the business of movie production in Nigeria and is it a venture an investor could put his money?
Yes, I pray the investors see it as one, most of the movies now make well over the total cost of the entire production in cinema alone, it depends on what you are really looking at.
8. What do you think government should be doing for the industry that they have not done ? And in what area have they fared well which you still think needs improvement?
Nollywood is a name I never supported for once, but since that is how government can refer to us as professionals in the make-belief industry I think we could just let that pass. Now let me just answer your questions, we have done many things to preserve the industry, culture, tradition and languages, for us to still remain there doing it without protection from government alone had prove us worthy of emulation. Many producers can not get back their total production cost from the produced films, but they are still there putting in their best, this is enough to praise film producers in Nigeria. My reason about not accepting the name Nollywood is another topic for another day, if Nollywood was founded about 22 years ago, and I have produce some video films between 1990 -1994. And it was released to the market throughout Nigeria, and it was sold like food then, the first 15th to 20th optical films (commercial films) had been shot and commercialized, between 1972 and year 1986 or1987 that Muyideen Aromire short the first video films in Nigeria, (Ekun). Have u forgotten about Ija Ominira, Ajani Ogun, Aye ,Jayesinmi, IJA Orogun, Kadara, Ajakuakata, Orunmooru, Taxi Driver, Eyin Oku, Mosebolatan, Omo Orukan, Eri Okan, Fopomoyo and a host of others that had been taken to every where in Nigeria and overseas, between 1973 – 1987. And some of them will still sell more than any cinema films of nowadays even today. Therefore you can see that many things were wrong with the name Nollywood and it formation.
10. What should your fans expect from you this year? Any movies or surprise in the works?
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