Papa Lolo; Ayo Ogunsina ,the legend of Yoruba movies!
WHEN a proper history of Nigerian street comedy is done, Ayo Ogunsina (a.k.a Papalolo), would be on record as one of the progenitors of that genre of acting. He seemed to have foreseen the current boom in comic performing business, decades ago. Ever since he sensed this bright prospect, he had all the while remained faithful to it, defying challenges.Papalolo, now a popular character, emerged from a comic one he created in a group, Jester International. The dramatic personae eventually became a house-hold name which for decades have penetrated homes through screen, stage drama, radio and television.The phenomenon began in the 1980s when, hardly one week of TV viewing passed in such metropolitan areas as Lagos without Papalolo and his co-acts, late Tajudeen Gbadamosi (a.k.a, Jacob) and Kayode Olaiya (a.k.a, Aderupoko).Jester, a break-away group from Ola Omonitan led Ajimajasan and his Awada Group, almost went into extinction when, in February 22, 1987 Gbadamosi, passed on. But Ogunsina and Aderupoko managed to survive the jolt, as they still retain many fans through their stand up comic performances.Ogunsina's journey into the world of make-believe, like most actors of his generation, started from the late theatre icon, Adedeji Hubert Ogunde. "My first contact with acting came when I joined Ogunde around 1962. Then I was in my early 20s. Being with Ogunde was like in school, it was an experience well cherished even though I left two years after, in 1964," he said. But Ogunsina said he already had a background of performing art, which actually aided his performance with Ogunde, "While with Ogunde, it didn't take long before I started playing lead roles. For example, I played the lead role, Otunba Ekeji Oye in the controversial play, Yoruba Ronu. Before I joined Ogunde I had performed with a music group, Sami Taiwo Orchestra, also in Lagos. I sang and drummed in the group. Drumming is one passion that had been in me since my school days at Wesley College, Elekuro, in Ibadan where I finished in 1960. And because acting in those days was a combination of music and drama, I was able to blend easily with Ogunde."Please Subscribe: https://goo.gl/5VGvtm