Just weeks ago one Yoruba actor, Baba Suwe also made a social media headline with his chronic diabetes and pleaded Nigerians to help him financially to enable him to get the required medical attention. The Yoruba movie industry has now received another shocking news of one of its veteran as a video of Fadeyi Oloro surfaced online with critical illness.
He is a veteran Nollywood actor and producer popularly known as Fadeyi Oloro. Fadeyi was quite popular in the 80s and 90s for his role as a herbalist in movies with his trademark costume and guns. Ever dripping with charms and incantation whenever in action, Fadeyi occupies a unique place in the Nigerian movie world. His words are meant to be fire. If he fires a single shot, about 10 heads are expected to be rolling on the floor. Yet, if he is shot at by 10 people, the enemies’ bullets dissolve into mere raindrops that end up caressing his magical skin.
Such is the theatrical fame of the Igbara Odo, Ekiti State-born actor, who earned his popular stage name, Fadeyi Oloro – the stinging offspring of Ifa – from the fierce anti-hero role he played in old Yoruba television plays; Arelu and Yanponyanrin.
However, once he has discarded his costume, he exudes friendliness. Based on the uncommon power with which he vomits incantation, one could think he uses “ogun isoye”, the memory-boosting charm that, many believe still exists in certain quarters.
Such pedigree has earned him a lot of honour. Ironically, however, it has earned him the ire of people who obviously think he is as wicked as he acts in most plays and films