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Celebrating New Jersey Based Actor, Babatunde Owokoniran

 Before he relocated abroad a few years ago, he was very popular because of his roles in many Yoruba movies. He was quite close to star actor Odunlade Adekola. But he relocated abroad in pursuit of greener pastures. He is doing well in New Jersey, his base. A few days ago, he spoke to CityPeople about his new life in New Jersey, in the United States. Below are excerpts of the interview.

Please introduce yourself to us and what you do for a living

My name is Babatunde Owokoniran. A native of Lagos State. Happily married to a lovely wife and was blessed with two wonderful children. An actor, writer, producer and director. I studied Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at Lagos State University. I’m currently enrolled at Excess County College, New Jersey, U.S.A department of Liberal Arts. I’m also taking classes on Adult Film Making and Cinematography at New Jersey Film School. Certified Google IT Support Professional and CompTIA security+ Certified.

You have been acting now for how long?

My acting career spanned across stage and television is close to 15 years.

How challenging has it been sustaining your interest in acting abroad?

Challenging is the word that comes to mind. It’s just like starting from scratch. The most challenging aspect is putting a team together for a shoot, a lot of people show or express interest in the industry here but they are busy with a whole lot of other things. Most notable work. The unpredictable weather is another aspect. I don’t allow these challenges to affect me as I view each and every one of them as a learning process.

Who are those actors you roll with abroad?

I roll with everybody who is willing to work with me. I love to learn and I believe everyone has unique qualities, so I’m not restricted to a set of people, this has given me the opportunity to work with amazing Actors with great personalities all over the county. I appreciate them for believing in me and the amazing hospitality they offer each time I work with them. I also want to appreciate the non-Actors who support and encourage us, the amazing people who voluntarily allow us use their houses, cars, offices and whole lots of other things.

Where were you born? Where did you grow up? Which schools did you attend?

I was born in Lagos State, I grew up in multiple places. Ilupeju, Lawanson, Ebute- Metta, Lagos Island, Iporin Estate and Mushin. Mushin accounts for the highest percentage. I attended Mainland Children School for my primary education, Ilupeju College and Birth Freeman High School for my secondary education and Lagos State University where I obtained BSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.


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