“I’m a Gentle Guy in Real Life, I Don’t Take Alcohol or Smoke”: Actor Soji Omobanke Shares Interesting Insight


  • Popular Yoruba actor Soji Taiwo, better known as Omo Banke, got Nigerians talking as he discussed his lifestyle and career
  • The actor, who usually plays the role of a thug in films, explained that he is such a quiet person in real life and fans are always surprised to meet him
  • He also spoke about his journey in the film industry, advising people who wanted to become actors

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Ace Nollywood actor Soji Taiwo aka Omo Banke surprised his teeming fans when he gave an interview to BBC Yoruba.

Omo Banke became known for his vulgar slang and for acting like thugs in films. He remarked during the interview that he is a sharp contrast to what happens in real life.

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Actor Omobanke on his lifestyle
Actor Soji Omobanke talks career and life outside of acting. Photo credit: @officialomobanke
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Noting that he doesn’t smoke or drink alcohol in real life, he insisted he only drinks when he’s attending an event and feels shy.

“When I’m going out and I’m feeling shy, I take a small sip of alcohol that doesn’t affect my misbehaving or getting drunk.”

How Soji Taiwo got his big break

The actor also noted that he came from an entertainment family as his late father Yomi Taiwo was a juju musician.

He insisted he had played several roles like Lover Boy, Quiet Dude before becoming popular with his slang and brawl and decided to stick with it.

Soji noted that producers used to give him a scene or two to act, but never a starring role before God shone his light on him.

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He offered a great greeting to the late Alhaji Yekeen Ajileye in blessed memory:

“Ajileye gave me a big break with Eran Iya Oshogbo in the movie where I killed Iya Gbonko’s cat because she was a witch and I gave her the voice, that’s why I got my name Omo Banke.”

The actor further noted that it hasn’t been an easy journey for him since he’s been an actor for 25 years, claiming that newcomers to the film industry are now enjoying it.

He advised new actors to be prayerful and to respect the elders who came before them.

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Nigerians react to Omo Banke’s interview

Social media users across the country reacted differently to the interview with Omo Banke.

Legit.ng some of the comments selected, read below:

Olaytic Gold:

“My own surprise b say this guy, no, old always young.”

Deborah Bankole:

“So you are the son of Yomi Taiwo. Great people from Abeokuta.”

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Adejuwon Folasade Famoriyo:

“When I worked at ShopRite I’ve groomed a lot of celebrities and I remember the day I groomed him he’s so calm.”

Ibuowo Gabriel:

“There was a time I supported the day if I don’t see your picture in a movie I won’t buy or rent … a love bro.”

Colleagues greet Soji Omobanke as he buys Benz

Legit.ng previously reported that Soji Omobanke started 2022 by buying a brand new Mercedes Benz.

The movie star took to social media to share the good news and celebrate the grace by posting a photo of the car.

Other Nollywood stars like Kolawole Ajeyemi, Ibrahim Chatta and more celebrated their colleague in taking over.

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