Nigerian actor & film producer, Bolanle Ninalowo, also known as Nino reveals how he became so popular after joining the movie industry just seven years ago.
With just 7 years, Ninalowo, has risen to become one of the most sought-after actors in Nollywood today.
The Nollywood actor started his acting career after he returned to Nigeria from the US about seven years ago.
The Lagos State-born actor talks about his life and experience in a recent interview.
Talking about how he gained prominence in the Nigerian movie industry, he said:
“It has been a very tough and challenging journey for me. I have been in Nollywood for about 6 years plus now, it will be seven years in June.
But I have done great things, I have been highly blessed by God and I never quit. I am not known to quit, because I believe winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win.
So, with the grace of God, I have just been able to just keep going with resilience and determination.
I will say my career has been highly impacted by Mary Remmy Njoku, wife of Jason Njoku, the owner of ROK studios and Iroko TV.
I remember meeting Mary back in 2014, when I came into Nollywood.
She did an audition for me when they needed a character in ‘The Husbands of Lagos TV Series’, then Iroko was launched in 2015.
So, I auditioned in 2014, I got the role of ‘Wale Teniola Fernandez aka WTF’. That is how the journey started and I started working for ROK studios doing the small jobs and doing whatever comes in.
I was doing that and with prayers, hard work and perseverance, I kept on going, looking for the next challenging scripts and that is how I got here now.“
The actor also talks of his book, shame to fame, he said:
“My story, my life inspired my book. Like I said, I am a man of many experiences; I am a man of many failures, I am a man of many mistakes, I have grown so much in life.
I am highly favoured and blessed by God to be where I am today. So, I always feel like, with my story, I have gone from shame to fame.
Moving out of America to relocate to Nigeria, I didn’t even know what I was doing, I was just lost here and I didn’t want to go back to America because of the shame.
All my peers would say that, oh he went to Nigeria and couldn’t make it and he came back. I have pretty much, just been through so much and I said to God that if I make it through these hard times of my journey, I will definitely use my story to inspire the world.
So, ‘shame to fame’ is the story of my life. So, many people have questions about how I made it, how I became so big in Nollywood in just seven years of my career, but a lot of people don’t know that I have been in Nigeria for over seven years and I have failed so many times and I have been through depression, name it, I have seen all the worst things that can happen.
So, I have been through a lot. Being here today, standing tall, making it and achieving my dreams, I have gone through a lot and learnt from myself, through my own journey.
So, I felt like it was just proper for me to share with the world and inspire another person. You never know who is out there who is lost as well, who needs help. So, that is what ‘shame to fame’ is for.“
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