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Yoruba Movie Stars are Mostly Used & Dumped – Veteran Actor “Pa James”



Pa James - July 2014 - 01
Kayode Olasehinde also known as Ajirebi is famous for his role in Wale Adenuga‘s hit series Papa Ajasco. He plays the very funny old man called Pa James.

In an interview with Tope Olukole of Yoruba TV station Orisun TV, he chats about the role he has played for more than 13 years, and the Nigerian movie industry.

When he was asked why he doesn’t feature in a lot of Yoruba movies these days, he says;

“I do feature in some selected few. You see, our people in Yoruba movie sector seem to belong to the set of people I would refer to as ‘Use and Dump’. Though they didn’t do that to me, they have done it to some people. They would patronize you and offer you peanut, and the moment you demand for a higher pay, they would abandon you and by so doing, their movies are lacking in some areas. You will notice that some of the things we introduced into movies to create suspense are no longer there. They are aware, but because they don’t want to spend much, they overlook such areas. What they normally do is to call their friends to come and partake in their movies and give them something, not the correct fee. But now, this career has gone beyond giving casts transport fare alone, while they (producers) would buy cars after the production. They want to cheat us. If a producer comes to me and we agree on fees, I will feature in his movie, but no more peanuts. I have paid my dues and I have responsibilities to meet.”


  1. addyluv

    July 15, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This is so true and i think unfair to the actress and actor that do these roles and get less or get cheated ,it high time these ppl speak up cause some movies end up being a good one and making waves all over but the real actors/actress get peanut fee for their roles. Nigeria may God help us all

  2. onahboy

    July 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t even know this man self!!

    • Me

      July 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      You can’t be serious 😐 .. He was on Papa Ajasco

    • baboushka

      July 15, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      lol you can live stream WAPTV online and watch Papa Ajasco you will see him

  3. ES

    July 15, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    It’s crazy because about a week ago, I was going to ask where Papa Ajasco, Mama Ajasco, Boy Alinko and Paa James were. I’m from Ghana and we used to watch that all the time; we loved it.

    • Honey

      July 28, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Omgeee u damn right about dem days….geez ghana couldn’t get enough of papa ajasco, nobody missed that show. I think it use to come on, on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

  4. Ola beemaself

    July 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm


  5. Ola beemaself

    July 15, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry the first comment was a slip of the hand. Yes in did actors are not well paid in nollywood . It breaks my heart to see actors that entertain and teach us life lesson suffer in poverty . It’s just hopeless. Arts in general profession compared to others doesn’t get paid huge sum compared to people on the science field.

  6. nimi

    July 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Pa james o! Where have u been? I miss his acting skills. The way he rolls his eyes makes me laugh.

  7. Hordunayor

    July 15, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hmmmm……… Buh I want to ask how are the Omotola’s,Genevieve, Mr. Latin, Odunade Adekola making it then??? This Pa James is just such a W**t**d man(God have Mercy).

    • bass

      July 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

      For ur information, mr latin en odunlade r nt rich. If nt for glo dat signed odunlade as ambassador for jst one year, nothing for him. Dnt be deceived by his constant appearrance in movies. Latin begs big people for money. Genevieve en omotola used their fame to make money simple. There is no money in acting. The wise ones use their fame to make money either legitimate or illegitimate. Some guys are gigolo, some women are prostitutes while some use fame to get contracts simple.

  8. annonymous

    July 16, 2014 at 9:47 am

    In response to your question or statement @Hordunayor
    Genevieve and omotola do not take part in cheap movies.. how many films do they produce in a year? and the bulk of their wealth is not even from acting these days.. they have their hands deep in a lot of social media stuffs that pay well. Mr latin is not rich! and Odunlade is probably doing well because he partakes in a lot of yoruba films.
    The point this man is making is that the industry is underpaying them and the producers expect them to accept peanut for roles. He has been in the industry for long and watched it grow andf he expects to benefit from it. To be fare the movies industry in nigeria needs to be standardised. Mosct actors and actresses are not being treated fairly only the big shots benefit. Yes the big shots should and would be paid more but others should also get a reasonably amount with good work ethics in place.

  9. Lilmissamebo

    July 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Dear Writer,
    Point of correction!
    Please get your facts right before you post.
    The character “Pa James’ is by no means from Super Story., he is a character from popular 90’s series “Ikebe Super” turned “Papa Ajasco”. Please its not by force to write.
    Always research and get proper information before dishing it out to the public all ye copy and pasters.
    Thank You….

  10. Lindsey

    July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Yup…so true. Otherwise how to you explain how the likes of Baba Sala, Ajimajasan, okondo, etc just went into extinction despite their numerous contribution to the yoruba movie industry? Aluwe nko? Those guys were raw talent.

    • King Okeson

      July 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      u do not have TV at you home, so why will you know him


    December 14, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    please do not repeat one film sometimes because those customer are complain so much on repeation of one film on startimes channel 168.please reactivate your work

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