It is no easy managing being an actor with the herculean task of lecturing in an higher institution, but these actors seem to have found a balance to both professions.
The Nigerian movie industry has grown over the years as it boasts of intellectuals who made it big in the entertainment industry and also deputise as lecturers in top Nigerian higher institutions.
Here's a list of seven prominent actors you probably didnt know where lecturers as well:
(1) Dr. Sola Fosudu
Dr. Sola Fosudo is a senior lecturer at Lagos State University department of Theatre Arts and Music. He has at different times been made the Head of Department and was until recently the Director of Press and Public Relations Unit at the university.
(2) Hafiz Oyetoro
Hafiz Ayetoro aka Saka
Hafiz 'Saka' Oyetoro The actor is a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Ijanikin, Lagos. Apart from acting and lecturing, Saka is also a brand ambassador for MTN and has modeled for different firms including Diamond bank and Etisalat.
(3) Doyin Hassan
Doyin Hassan is popular for his role in Saworeide and has gone on to appear in several Christian movies produced by Mike Bamiloye’s Mount Zion Film Productions. Today, Doyin Hassan who holds a PhD in Marketing is a senior lecturer in the department of Marketing in Lagos State University. He is also a former HOD at the department and is currently an Assistant Director in the university’s school of part-time studies in charge of Ogba and Ikorodu campuses.
(4) Kola Oyewo
Many would remember Kola Oyewo from Tunde Kelani’s movie ‘Kosegbe’ where he played Mako, an incorruptible Custom boss. The OAU and University of Ibadan schooled actor is currently the Head of Department at the department of Dramatic Arts in Redeemer’s University. He was a senior lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University until 2011.
(5) Sam Dede
His role in epic movie ‘Igodo’ endeared Sam Dede to many Nigerians after which he graced several other films in Nollywood. Award winning Dede however is a man of many parts. The former lecturer at the University of Lagos is currently in the employ of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Port Harcourt. He is also the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency.
(6) Tunji Sotimirin
Tunji Sotimirin is a veteran actor whose activity in the Nigerian movie industry spans almost three decades. Sotimirin stared in ‘Owuro Lojo’ alongside a young Joke Silva in the early 90s and has also featured in numerous movies including Tade Ogidan’s Hostages. The funny actor is currently a lecturer in the department of Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos.
(7) Gbenga Windapo
The prolific actor and comedian who recently acted alongside 2face, Ali Baba and many others in Baba Dee’s movie, Head Gone is a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. Gbenga Windapo and Hafiz Oyetoro are however not coincidental colleagues at AOCOED as the duo have a long history together as partners having acted in numerous stage plays as a group. Gbenga Windapo founded the comedy group, Lafomania which had Saka and many other comedians as members.