From Laja Ogunde to Owobo Ogunde: Carrying Forward the Doyen’s Torch in Theatre

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In the illustrious lineage of the Ogunde family, spanning generations of theatrical brilliance, the torchbearer of their legacy has evolved. From the pioneering efforts of veteran actor Laja Ogunde to the emergence of Owobo Ogunde, the trajectory of their contributions to Nigerian theatre continues to captivate audiences.

Adelaja Ogunde

Veteran actor Laja Ogunde, a direct son of the late Doyen of Theatre, Hubert Ogunde, made commendable efforts to sustain the family’s rich theatrical tradition.

Hubert Ogunde, The Doyen of Theatre

However, in recent years, we’ve witnessed fewer of his movies gracing the screens, leaving enthusiasts yearning for a revival of the Ogunde legacy.

Owobo Ogunde

Enter Owobo Ogunde, the rising star poised to reignite the flames of his family’s heritage in the theatre industry. With his debut performance in Kunle Afolayan’s blockbuster ‘Anikulapo’ series, Owobo has emerged as a beacon of promise and potential in Nigerian cinema.

Owobo’s portrayal of Bashorun in ‘Anikulapo’ series has garnered widespread acclaim, drawing parallels between his acting prowess and the legendary performances of his father, Chief Hubert Ogunde. His ability to embody the essence of his character with depth and authenticity has left audiences spellbound, heralding a new era for the Ogunde family legacy.

As a filmmaker, I am thrilled by the emergence of fresh faces and talents like Owobo Ogunde in the industry. His ascent represents a revitalization of Nigerian theatre, breathing new life into age-old traditions while paving the way for innovation and creativity.

I commend Kunle Afolayan for his discerning eye in discovering Owobo Ogunde and providing him with a platform to showcase his talent on a grand scale. With his remarkable performance in ‘Anikulapo’ series, Owobo has proven himself worthy of carrying forward the esteemed Ogunde legacy and representing what the family stands for in the theatre industry.

As we reflect on the rising star that is Owobo Ogunde, it is evident that he is poised to make an indelible mark on Nigerian theatre, captivating audiences and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Ogunde family for generations to come.

 

Written by Adesina Kasali

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