Why Acting As Gateman Is My Favourite Role Says Ijebu
With his over 1.7 million Instagram followers, famous actor Olatayo Amokade aka Ijebu explained why playing a gatekeeper is his favorite movie role.
In an Instagram interview, Amokade said that the constant change of costumes for other roles has made him appreciate the role of gatekeeper in films even more. “I like playing a gateman because I won’t have to change costumes, while other roles would require me to change into various costumes from scene to scene, and at the end of the day, I’ll have worn everything in my car boot. But if I’m playing a gateman, I don’t have to change my clothes; all I have to do is greet the house owner when he or she returns and take their bag into the house, then keep the same costume.”
The 42-year-old, on the other hand, admitted that he had lost track of how many films he had played the part in because it was his favorite.
Amokade, who is famous for speaking in the Ijebu dialect of the Yoruba language, named Tunde Usman aka Okele as the favourite colleague he loves to work with. He says they always have a good laugh every time they act together, hence, his preference for always wanting to act alongside him on a movie set.
“Initially, my parents did not know I wanted to go into theatre art, so I left home and later moved in with my siblings,” Ijebu, who was a personal assistant to Olaniyi Afonja aka Sanyeri before he made it to the limelight, said. I’ve never gone hungry, and everybody in my family is fine. Despite the fact that I was working as a driver for my elder brother, I realized I couldn’t live my life as a driver, so I left my brother’s house and went to Sanyeri’s, where he asked if I would like to join the movie crew, and I said yes, so he said I could stay with him. Since then, I’ve been moving from one place to the next, and that was the end of it for me.”