Chips Off The Old Blocks: Nigerian Entertainers Who Took After Their Fathers

Apart from the fame that comes with being an entertainer, entertainment has become big business everywhere in the world. In Nigeria’s entertainment industry, a crop of entertainers have risen to fame by building on the legacies of their fathers. Some of them come from families that have become known in particular sectors.
In this piece, Street Journal presents some of the entertainers who are truly chips off the old blocks.
Femi and Seun Anikulapo Kuti
Femi and Seun have however proved themselves to be worthy sons of the late Afrobeat genius, Fela Anikulapo Kuti .
Even before Fela passed on, Femi and his “Positive Force” had taken the Afrobeat scene by storm. He had quite a number of hits, one of which included “Check yourself” back then. Femi’s exploits did not surprise many; he had been a member of Fela’s band since the late 70s and was already exposed musically, having played with the Egypt 80 band in concerts outside Africa. By 1988, Femi was already an internationally recognized artiste.
With more than 30 years of playing, his mastery of the alto saxophone is unrivaled. Emotions got the better of many as Femi played one of his father’s tunes on the sax as Fela’s body was being lowered into the grave.
That his voice is featured in the video game, Theft Auto IV is another testimony of Femi‘s international acceptability. Femi’s numerous hits, including Sorry Sorry, Beng Beng Beng, Water No Get Enemy(remix) and Truth Don Die have fetched him three Grammy Award nominations.
His younger brother, Seun too has already carved a niche for himself as a musician. He too is a master saxophonist, having been used to it from childhood. Before he turned 10, he had already been singing with Fela’s band and often entertained before Fela mounted the stage in concerts. Seun who turned 30 earlier in the year now leads the Egypt 80 band He released his debut album, “Many Things” in 2008.
Tumininu and Laolu, who their fans now refer to as Vavavoom and Peeshaun hit the airwaves with “Ma yin e ni banger” which became an instant hit some time ago. That hit expressed their readiness to stamp their musical authority. Their father, Laolu Oguniyi was an Art Director at the University of London and he also lectured for some time at the Theater Arts Department in University of Ibadan.
He also produced quite a number of programmes, especially drama series for television back in the 1970s and 80s.

Darey Art Alade
Dare Art Alade is simply known as “Darey” in Nigeria’s entertainment circles. He shot himself into international reckoning when he took part in the 2004 edition of a reality show, Project Fame Academy, which gave him the opportunity of showcasing his talent before millions of people worldwide. He came third in the contest and since then, his popularity has continued to soar. By 2008, he was called upon to host the host Project Fame West Africa. He has a number of albums already and his hits like Fuji , Bani Kidi and Sisi Eko are very popular.
Darey’s dad, Art Alade was a famous jazz and highlife artiste back in the 1960s and 1970s. He also anchored The Bar Beach Show, which was popular on NTA then. Art Alade is mostly remembered for his distinct big baritone voice.
Laja Ogunde
Seeing him, one doesn’t need to be told that he is a son of the late Hubert Adedeji Ogunde. Like his father, Adelaja Ogunde has made a name for himself in acting. His first movie, “Edan” gave fans of the late thespian an assurance that Ogunde’s children are indeed capable of continuing with the legacy of their patriarch. Just like father did in Aiye, Jaiyesinmi and Ayanmo, Adelaja Ogunde plays roles that expound the triumph of good over evil.

Paul Play Dairo
For decades, Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, fondly called “Baba Aladura” dished out great tunes, most of which have become evergreen. Those who knew him well would remember his dexterity on the accordion, which was one of the things that distinguished his style of highlife music. His son, Paul started from where he stopped. After his remix of “Mo s’oriire”, one of his father’s hits, Paul Play has distinguished himself as an entertainer, a musician and producer all rolled into one.

Murphy, Muka & Lasun Ray Eyiwunmi
Murphy, Muka and Lasun Ray Eyiwunmi have all confirmed that they are able to hold their own in the Yoruba genre of Nollywood. Muka is known to be one of the popular Directors in the industry while Murphy and Lasun have come up with a number of great scripts. They are all sons of Ray Eyiwunmi, one of the most popular Yoruba actors of the 70s. He was popular as “Jagun Aseni”, one of the roles he interpreted with utmost brilliance.

Jeta Amata
Jeta directed the popular movie, “Amazing Grace” and that proved to be more than enough confirmation of what he is capable of doing as a Director. Jeta has followed the steps of his father, Zack Amata, only that the younger Amata took it a little further.
Zack has been around for a while; he featured in Behind The Clouds as well as a number of other TV series decades back. Incidentally, the Amatas have a history of acting, Jeta’s grandfather, John Amata was a veteran. He featured in “Freedom”, a film that was shot way back in the colonial era.

Peju Omobolanle
Peju Omobolanle (nee Ogunmola) comes from a family of actors. In his lifetime, her father, Kola Ogunmola was one of the greatest actors and his Ogunmola Theater Group was popular as a travelling theater group then. One of his popular plays, “Lanke Omu” an adaptation of which was the popular “Palm Wine Drinkard”.
She started acting at a very young age, having featured in a number of films produced on celluloid. Her late brother, Yomi was also a popular director. She is married to Sunday Omobolanle, better known in the film industry as “Aluwe”.

Tolu Obey
Tolu is the son of Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi. After the Chief Commander, as he was formerly known, announced his retirement from his well-liked Miliki brand of Juju music, Tolu took it upon himself to prevent Miliki from dying. He dishes out good tunes but the indelible marks of his father are not ones that can easily be surpassed.

Sola Kosoko
Sola is the first daughter of the former President of the Association of Nigerian Theater Practitioners (ANTP), Prince Jide Kosoko. Pretty and fair skinned Sola has featured in a number of home videos and has also produced one herself.

Musiliu Haruna Ishola
He brought Apala music back into reckoning with the release of his album “Soyoyo”. Musiliu introduced modern instruments to complement the sekere and talking drums which were the main instruments in any Apala band. Apart from the older generation that enjoyed such brad of music in the days of his late father, Alhaji Haruna Ishola, Musiliu made it attractive to younger people as well. He has been able to build himself a fan base that cuts across continents.

Sunkanmi Omobolanle
Sunkanmi, Aluwe’s son has become a popular face in Yoruba movies. He has proved his mettle and his brilliance as an actor has continued to earn him more roles.

Kunle Afolayan
After his big break in the movie Saworo Ide, Kunle Afolayan decided to leave banking for acting. Many of those who wondered why he took the decision then have already confirmed that it was indeed a step in the right direction. His “Irapada ” and “Figurine” are outstanding productions that attest to his status as an actor and director of international standard.
His late father, Ade Afolayan (Ade Love) was famous for his acting and musical abilities. His siblings, Moji and Aremu are also in the acting profession.

Femi Adebayo
Femi Adebayo is a man of many parts. He is a lawyer, an actor, a producer and director. He is the son of Adebayo Salami, fondly referred to as “Oga Bello” one of the longest standing Yoruba actors. Unknown to many, Oga Bello was the name of a character interpreted by Salami in the “Awada Kerikeri” series that was on television about four decades ago. The name stuck right from then.
Femi Adebayo too is not new in the movie industry, not many people knew that he was penciled down for a role in Tade Ogidan’s “Diamond Ring”, but the role was eventually taken by Teju “Babyface” Oyelakin because Femi had some exams to write during the production.
One of his recent efforts, Jelili goes a long way to show that he could also do well as a comedian.

Uche & Ajuzieogu Warrior
Uche and Aju are sons of Christogonous Ezebuiro Obinna better known as Sir Warrior, leader of the popular Oriental Brothers Band from the 1970s till he died in 1999. Though Sir Warrior did not allow his children to take to music as he wanted them to be educated, his children have chosen to continue from where he stopped. Their first performance was at their father’s wake keep in June 1999.
They followed up with their first album, “Tribute To Dr. Sir Warrior” in 2000. Both have taken up the Oriental Brothers Band. Their Uncle, Emperor Teddy Obinna who goes by the name “Junior Warrior” is also a hit maker. Though he is Sir Warrior’s younger brother, many describe him as his musical son.

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Kosalabaro: I am worried, very worried for Buhari and Oshibajo.

Okebadan: it's normal for an headless drunkards to be having headache because of increase in the price of the head cap in the market.

Kosalabaro: Meaning?. Some people
don't know when to close the tap of their highly infected mouth . Is it because of what I just said , you now take me to the cleaner?.

Okebadan : Ok, sorry, explain yourself because I don’t understand why some small Nigerian like you has to worry for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Kosalabaro: I'm worried about the new appointment made by Mr President. Majority of it are from one section of the country.
To me this is sickening. The level of stupidity of some of our educated guys from the south is quite alarming. They are the ones justifying this anomaly called competency of the North over the south in the selection of people to public offices. May God deliver them from their stupidity...Amen

Okebadan: Calm down brother, Nigerians are people who fall out of love easily . Is this not the same you screaming blue murder and ‘Change everywhere’ when I muted war against the idea of tribal leaders? I thought you said the President would have changed by May 29? See, there is no way Northerners will remain in love with Buhari if they can’t find their way back to their rightful position of majority in Civil service and I have a strong feeling that both the young and the elites in the North will still be dragging this who-gets --what till May 29 2019 and that means employments and Federal government jobs will remain a scarce commodity to you guys in the South. So if you like you can pull your angry nails from Buhari's neck and sink them into Bola Tinubu's back. It is the spirit of ‘change’. Things have changed.

Kosalabaro: Are you trying to tell me that it's the boil inside my nose and I must learn how to live with it. So what concern this appointment with Federal civil service or you are trying to use alabukun as love charm.

Okebadan: Here we go again. Knowledge, information and exposure is very important. When you left University in the South , your next line of thinking is to go to Europe and America. You don't know that what you are looking for in "sokoto is inside your sokoto. ". There is enough job in Nigeria that can go round among his citizens. In a country where tribalism is one of the major problem confronting us. The head of Parastatals will employ their own people first before considering the people from other region. Any ministry you have a southerners , Easterners or Notherners as the head, check the number of people working under him. I learnt of an MD , a Pastor in FERMA who employs nearly all his church members . There are some parastatals that majority of the people working there are from particular section of the country. Example, Majority of the people in EFCC are from the North especially Adamawa where their First Chairman come from. . To prevent this malady, that's why the government introduce Federal character to accommodate minority groups. And to be honest with you?. How many Northerners did you see in Europe or America struglling like you. When there is ready made available job in Nigeria, you don't need to go to Europe and wash plate now.

Kosalabaro: Hummmm: I'm just scratching my head like a man with itching bottom. But firstly, we Sotherners are like children such that when we are encouraged in this line, we most times overdo and become unmanageable. You are just open my eyes and I promise to think twice in 2019. When you see a Volksvergin beetle car, you will see that it has a bulging light, you will wonder why this until when you open its back and see fire in it. You are an encyclophidia of knowledge.

Okebadan: Stay calm my brother, to learn from other people experience is not admission to failure rather it's addition of knowledge. We are here to educate each other. No one has monopoly of knowledge. I know very sure Buhari will not steal one kobo from your money, he will try to prevent stealing but he loves his religion and tribe more than any other things. He can never be fair in this two area and he is human, no one is perfect all what we need to do is to learn how to live with it.
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Kosalabaro:It’s the truth, like it or not. It is easier for a wife to call a man who provides money for food at home ‘daddy’ or ‘my lord’ than the one his wife has to give subsidy. Every wife loves a cheerful giver, in and out of bed. Too many men these days are too busy doing so many things that they do not notice how dissatisfied and unhappy their wives are. They just move from day to day believing their marriages are perfect just because they are good in bed and are picking the right bills. Great. There’s more to being a husband than just paying the bride price and buying a designer wedding gown. It even goes beyond performing your conjugal duties. Every woman loves a man who leaves her ‘finished’ in bed.

Okebadan : What is the meaning of this early morning sermon, are you an angry bride, or a frustrated groom and then end up in unhappy marriage. ?

Kosalabaro: I'm just expressing my view about your message yesterday as a good citizen of my country. And reacting to your post on single mother is in good direction .

Okebadan : Hummmm. Where I advise people to "Stop discriminating against single mothers, their wives is another man's ex girlfriend. I don't think any mother aims to be a single mom." When a woman walks out of a 10 year old marriage, don’t box her into a stereotype corner and dragged her to Golgotha and nail her to a cross.

Kosalabaro: That's a fantastic write up. You made my day yesterday. Many people don't take a good look at their wives :beneath the designer make up, layers and layers of founda­tion and powder there are internal suffering and agony. Many women have uncommon talent to bottle things up which is why they have enough space on their inside to carry as many as 2 to 4 babies at a time . When she eventually flips her lid, it’s because she’s been logging her pain around for so long. You do not know how long she had been in pain and tried and tried for this not to happen.

Okebadan: The same thing with men. Some wives are in the habit of comparing their marriage. The problems your friend is facing in her marriage are different from yours. That woman you envy may have one big messy marriage and probably wishes she was in your shoes. Many wives can’t even remember the good, old times when they felt on top of the world and believed their husband was the best thing that ever happened to them. They are quick to compare their marriage without thinking that every marriage has a foundation. Some are based on rituals, some on money, some on spiritual binding. And many on naivety. When trouble looms or befalls a marriage or the woman is feeling gloomy, the next practical thing she begins to do is wishing she were somewhere else, some­body else’s wife. They wonders how they ended up where they are . Didn’t their mother warn them? And they almost didn’t marry their husband. They will now realise that their man is not the best and warning their children not to fall into the same trap. Forgotten that there is no perfect husband or wife. Every marriage has a cross, you carry your own cross and I carry my own. If you think your own cross is too big , drop it and go inside to test the remaining cross on ground .You will have cause to thank your star. When things get tough in the home and a marriage seems to be having trouble, the tendency to com­pare our situation unfavourably with another’s is quite high. Any married couple who wants to be honest with themselves will own up, to having fallen into that temptation once or twice.

Kosalabaro: The bottom line is to make God the Alpha and Omega of our marriage. This technicalities you are proven above is easier said than done. Many teachers of marriage but few practice what they teach. See you on Sunday.
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