The bone of contention has been whether Odunlade is better than Femi ? For two years on a stretch, Odunlade has been bagging the best actor award. The Nollywood thespian began his career from Abeokuta with a group called John Babs about 17 years ago was shot into limelight when he featured in late Ahmed Alasari’s movie Asiri Gomina Wa in 2003, and on this he rode.
This issue of the above thespians has generated much discourse and argument among their various fans as to which of them is the best actor.
In 2007, Odunlade was able to prove to Nigerians that he is an actor that cannot be waved aside and in 2009, at the maiden edition of City People Entertainment Awards, he clinched the best actor award which he received again in 2010. As if confirming his acceptance by the viewing populace, Globacom made him one of their brand ambassadors and that explains the touch of green on his outfits.
Odunlade has gone beyond being an actor as he is also a movie producer and a music artist. However, the father of four believes this is his time as he is ready to seize the opportunity and maximize it.
Born into the family of thespians, Femi Adebayo grew up knowing his father as an actor, so his choosing acting as a career was not a surprise. The only surprise in his own case is the fact that he is a qualified lawyer, practiced law for a while before he dropped the gown and the wig ion pursuit of his movie career.
Femi Adebayo hit limelight when he was very young in Tade Ogidan’s movie, Owoblow. Many have believed that Femi’s sudden rise to fame in the industry can be linked to the fact that his father is a big name in the movie industry which has opened many doors for him.
The argument has therefore been that while the likes of Odunlade were struggling to get a role, all Femi needs was a word from his father to the producer, and he will get a role. Femi candidly agreed sometimes ago to the fact that the name Oga Bello or Adebayo Salami has helped opened so many doors for him, adding that if he is not good at what he does nobody would want to reckon with him even if his father recommends him. In other words, his father’s name did open doors for him sometimes, but did not keep him there but his hard work did.
Another relationship that helped boost Femi’s career was the one he had with fellow law graduate who also found herself in the Yoruba movie industry, Funke Akindele. It was while with Funke that many believed Femi got the break that brought him to limelight.
Aside being an actor, the father of two lovely daughters is also a movie producer while his brother, Tope Adebayo directs his movies.
However, Femi Adebayo took over the baton of best actor from Odunlade two years ago as he was also named same year edition of City People Entertainment Awards.
Many believed that Odunlade is more of a spontaneous actor who can take up any role at any given time. He is by nature a hyperactive person and as such very good at roles that entails much activity. Femi Adebayo on the other hand is a cool person that reflects on his role interpretation as the maturity touch is always attached to it.
In recent times, both are trying to showcase their creativity in comedy movies. Odunlade has been known to be a good comic actor; this he started with his role in the movie Beru ba Joba many years back and he has been able to build on it, he has also tried gangster roles and fitted in perfectly. Femi on the other hand is always calm when interpreting roles; he recently tried his hand in a comic role in his movie, Jelili which has fetched him an award.
In relation to education, there are some roles which Femi is better in than Odunlade. Odun is also a good singer as he does all the sound tracks in his movies having grown up in the church. But the ultimate question remains…
Who between these two are a better actor?
The story was sent it by Tope Olukole.