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Digboluja shared his perspective on being an actor, emphasizing that he prioritizes his wife over chasing other women and acknowledges the challenges of working alongside young actresses who possess alluring figures.

Nollywood star Taofeek Adewale, also known as Digboluja, discusses his experience as a father with TEMITOPE ADETUNJI, sharing insights into his journey in parenthood.

What does fatherhood mean to you?

For me, fatherhood is about nurturing and supporting my children, being present in their lives, and guiding them as they grow.

Fatherhood embodies the essence of being a dad, encompassing the duties, roles, and emotional bonds formed while nurturing and guiding children. A father’s role typically involves offering care, guidance, and affection to their kids, serving as a positive male influence. Through both emotional and practical support, fathers play a vital role in their children’s growth and well-being.

For me, being a father holds immense significance; my children’s love is evident as they eagerly share their thoughts whenever I embark on a storytelling journey. Fatherhood truly is a wonderful journey.

How old are your kids?

My children are still young but quite knowledgeable. My eldest is 10 years old.

How did you come up with your stage name, Digboluja?

I adopted the name Digboluja when I ventured into acting because of the persona I embody in my roles. Playing traditional warlord characters, known as “Jagun Jagun” in Yoruba culture, with confidence and wearing the associated costumes adorned with charms led people to nickname me Digboluja, which means to confront or face war directly.

What challenges have you encountered as an actor?

Like any career, acting comes with its share of challenges. I’ve faced both adversity and triumph in my journey. From unpaid gigs to going hungry after shoots, the path has been filled with ups and downs.

How old were you when you started acting?

I can’t recall precisely, but I believe I was around 17 years old when I began acting, still quite young.

How did your parents react when you expressed your desire to pursue acting?

While my father was against it, my mother supported my decision, recognizing my passion for acting.

Reflecting on my journey as an actor, I’ve encountered a multitude of challenges, as is par for the course in any career. From unpaid gigs to moments of hunger after shoots, the path hasn’t always been smooth. I began acting at a young age, around 17, despite my father’s reservations. While he didn’t view acting as a viable career, my mother supported my passion. Unfortunately, both my parents have passed away, but I believe they would take pride in my current status. My father instilled in me the importance of respecting women; a value I hold dear, never resorting to violence in disagreements with my wife. Speaking of whom, I met her while en route to visit a colleague in the industry; she’s not involved in acting herself.

How many years have you been married?

Our marriage has lasted 19 years.

What’s your age?

I’m in my late 40s.

What important lessons have you learned from your marriage?

Perseverance stands out as a crucial lesson. It’s essential for maintaining a successful marriage, alongside understanding and tolerance.

Why do you think divorce and separation are common among actors and actresses?

Lack of understanding and patience often contribute to marital issues in the entertainment industry. Building resilience and tolerance are vital for sustaining relationships.

Have you ever been interested in or involved with an actress?

My focus has always been on building a successful career rather than pursuing romantic interests within the industry.

How often do you communicate with your children?

We communicate frequently, fostering a strong bond and understanding between us.

Why is communication with children important?

Open communication builds trust, facilitates emotional support, and enhances overall well-being for both parents and children.

When did you start acting?

I began acting at a young age and have enjoyed it as a career for nearly 35 years.

Is acting a career your children could pursue?

Yes, acting is a viable career option for them, just like any other profession.

Is acting a career path your children could follow?

Certainly, acting is a viable career choice, akin to professions like law or medicine.

Would you support your children if they pursued acting and wanted to play roles similar to yours?

My role as a warlord entails thorough research and isn’t easy, requiring dedication to portray convincingly. While I wouldn’t discourage my children from pursuing acting, I’d emphasize the importance of understanding the depth of their roles.

What challenges have you faced due to your portrayal of a warlord in films?

There’s a tendency for people to judge actors based on their roles, overlooking the distinction between fiction and reality. Additionally, maintaining a balance between realism and personal identity is crucial. Striking this balance ensures professionalism both on and off-screen.

Is it fair to claim that actors and actresses often exhibit wayward or flirtatious behavior, and how accurate is this perception?

The notion that all actors are inherently wayward is a stereotype. Like any profession, individuals in entertainment exhibit diverse behaviors. It’s important not to generalize, as each person’s conduct is unique, and the perception of the entire group may not accurately reflect reality.

Do you have any films you’ve starred in that you wouldn’t want your children to watch?

No, I avoid roles unsuitable for my children, and I steer clear of flirtatious portrayals.

How do you manage your responsibilities as a father and your career?

Balancing both roles is manageable with effective time management. It’s important to excel both as a family person and in your career, ensuring neither suffers. Being an actor doesn’t excuse neglecting family.

What is your educational background?

I have an SSCE, but financial constraints prevented further education. However, I value education greatly and plan to pursue higher studies. Education enlightens and enhances career prospects; it’s indispensable for success.

Who are your industry mentors?

I admire figures like Alhaji Yinka Quadri, Alhaji Taiwo Hassan, Alapini Oosa, Sikiru Adeshina (may he rest in peace), Abija, and Lalude. They excel in their roles and display humility.

Is there competition in the industry?

While there’s competition, focusing on self-improvement rather than comparing oneself to others is key. Contentment breeds success, avoiding the need to emulate others.

Sources: Infotrend.com.ng