Describe him as one of the most experienced Nollywood actors in his age bracket and you won’t be wrong. Though in his late 30s, he already has about 24 years of experience as an actor. Over the last two and a half decades, he has grown in courage and dignity, transforming from being just an actor into a producer and director.
Though being born to Sunday Omobolanle, the prominent actor fondly referred to as “Aluwe” or “Papi Luwe” made him the more famous, Sunkanmi Omobolanle did not become an actor without facing a baptism of fire. He revealed on a TV interview on NTA recently that his dad wanted him to be educated and as such did not support him going into acting in the beginning. The turning point for him was when they needed someone to play a role and his step mum, Peju Ogunmola put her foot down that “why do we have to look for someone outside when we are sure Sunkanmi can do it and do it well?”
Explaining why his dad, who belongs to the category of the old, tried and tested hands in Nollywood has featured in few movies lately, Sunkanmi said “he does more of soap operas and TV series now”. The Ilora born actor also stated that his Papi Luwe, a member of the Awada Kerikeri Group led by Ojo Ladipo about five decades ago is the biggest challenge he faces as an actor. Hear him, “Daddy has been my biggest challenge in life, because in the industry I am, my father has done so well for himself and for the industry at large. He has national honours, he is MFR, MON, I tell people that from the start, before I could actually prove myself to the world, the love shown to me is like the love for my father was transferred to me. Oh, he is Aluwe’s son, so most of the people that love my father would definitely love me”.
Speaking further about his dad, Sunkanmi Omobolanle, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, said “I think he has actually contributed so much to myself in the industry and that makes it so challenging for me. I believe in the saying that the glory of the latter house will surpass that of the former and it is taking so much hard work for me. I just have to beat him, I don’t have a choice”.
When asked how he feels when actors are categorized as English and Yoruba actors, his response was “as far as I am concerned, Nollywood is Nollywood. We have a lot of actors who started with the Igbo village films, I mean the Igbo speaking films and today they are just in Nollywood, like the English speaking part of Nollywood and that is what they are centered in now. We’ve got a whole lot of them like that. I think it is segregation; you see someone like Ali Nuhu now, would you say that guy is a Hausa actor? Come on, give him a break, he is an actor. For the fact that he speaks Hausa or he is Hausa does not make him a Hausa actor. The fact that I am a Yoruba boy now doesn’t make me a Yoruba actor. I believe art has no language”.
He did not leave without a word for those who want to trend. “Your work will definitely make you trend. Your most powerful weapon is the work you do. Your job will speak for you. If you do wishy-washy, it will speak. I believe it all revolves around your work”.