Popular Yoruba actor Odunlade Adekola has dismissed reports doing the rounds that he helped his growing career with metaphysical powers.
In a report published by Punch News on Saturday, September 3, 2016, the actor denied the story, saying his belief in God has been the reason for his success.
“I never knew I would be successful as an actor; my belief has always been that God should elevate me in my endeavours. I always prayed that God should make me a successful person.
“Some people say that I used voodoo or metaphysical powers to be successful. I hear when they say such but I tell everyone that I can never do such.”
Odunlade and Faithia Balogun on set.
To clear any doubt about his sincerity concerning the voodoo rumour, the actor swore in front of a crowd.
“During the graduation of my students last year, I addressed this issue because it was during that time people were peddling rumours of my demise.”
“When the rumour of my death hit town, some people said that I did ‘jazz’ to be successful. That was why during the graduation of my students last year, I said it in public that if I had ever thought of doing ‘jazz’ to succeed God should make me lose everything I had ever worked for.”
“I hear these comments but they do not move me at all. I am a writer, director, producer and an actor. It is normal for people to talk but it has never upset me.”
According to the actor, his acting career took shape when he was just a child.
A friend of his had recommended him to a movie producer, who later introduced him to acting group. This was how he rose to become one of Nigeria’s top actors.