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Nollywood Actor Yomi Fash Passionately Replies Critics who call Yoruba Actors “Illiterates” | Watch



Nollywood actor Yomi Fash, known popularly for his role in Yoruba movies, has a message for people who refer to Yoruba speaking actors as “illiterates”.

According to him, in an interview with Hip TV, the term illiterate does not apply because English is not our mother tongue.

He speaks passionately about the issue. Watch below.


  1. MrNaijaD

    April 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Too much copy copy na him dey kill cat wey wan swim like catfish.
    Where is the originality in Nigeria? or Africa as a whole. This man just said my mind, good English doesn’t make you literate, you see parents making sure their children don’t learn to speak their tribal language, Even in schools if you speak our languages it’s a problem, I mean where is the future of our culture and tribe?
    I am not against English actors but other language speaking Actors are not illiterates PLEASE!

    • anonymous

      April 2, 2016 at 12:54 am

      The so called english speakers, is it not after they came to Lagos that their thick horrible accent became palatable, from Uju to Sonia. They should go back to Biafra and take their nollywood which is a disgrace to creativity and talent with them to Aba. Idiots. inconsequential piece of garbage , pretending to be what they are not. last rate actors and actresses.

  2. Wunmi

    April 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Preach it Yomi,preach preach.
    Well spoken.

    • Yinda

      April 2, 2016 at 6:04 am

      Wummi, I concur. He spoke and preached.

    • Anie

      April 2, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      First of all,the word illiterate means:  showing or marked by a lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of a particular field of knowledge .Someone can be literate in a field or language and illiterate In another. Please people find out the meaning of words before using it anyhow.

  3. Elvis

    April 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    So pathetic to realize that this dude is speaking with so much bitterness.

    Well, it is obvious he hasn’t done his research very well about Bollywood, Bollywood is a Portmanteau of Bombay (a city in India) and America’s Hollywood and it was nicknamed Bollywood so it can at least be synonymous to Hollywood likewise Nollywood, which is a Portmanteau of Nigeria and Hollywood.

    So there is no place called Bollywood in India, i wonder how come he doesn’t know that.

    The Nigeria movie industry is nicknamed Nollywood and the name has come to stay and it is recognized Worldwide.

    Please calm down on your bitterness dude, i like your movies, but you disappointed me on this one.

    Nobody is making a segregation between the English speaking industry and Yoruba speaking industry movies. If your art is good, you will be recognized!

    • Wunmi

      April 2, 2016 at 12:26 am

      Did u say Nollywood is the Nigerian movie industry?So how come yoruba movies and hausa movies are not included?why call yoruba industry yoruba hood and hausa kanyihood or whatever if nollywood truly stands for nigerian movies.

    • anonymous

      April 2, 2016 at 12:51 am

      How about you go back to your Biafran jungle village, is nollywood located in Abia or Aba? You can open your ungrateful mouth to start calling the people whose environment you live in local and now you are insulting the guy because he wants to defend his industry. Go to Biafra.

    • D

      April 2, 2016 at 1:22 am

      Wow, anonymous, your case of tribalism is really bad, try and work on it.

    • yemirae

      April 2, 2016 at 2:53 am

      @ anonymous you are incredibly very stupid. I dunno which family you come from but please y’all should stop reproducing. Some of you tribalists should keep waiting for Igbos to park and go while they thrive. #pathetic bunch

    • Uche

      April 2, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Please don’t repeat your parents’ mistake, use birth control. I’m just here wondering how you knew the commenter was Igbo, or since when did the opposite of Yoruba become igbo. Pathetic twerp!

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      April 2, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Darling we tried, but you starved us out of getting imports because we wouldn’t share our oil wealth with you. Now you have two options, go and learn to translate subtitles or go play in traffic.

    • Bernice

      April 2, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Just to let you know that they segregate them. I just corrected Linda Ikeji and Stella DK on it.

  4. bima

    April 1, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    He said it all thumbs up.

  5. marc

    April 1, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Killed it.

  6. Gorgeous

    April 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    LMAO. Nice one. To emphasize the point he should have responded in Yoruba. hahahahaha. Some Nigerian’s even speak more English than the British of today. Even English Language is evolving, but Nigerians stuck in pre colonial English, sabi pass. Busy body ITK.

  7. Osa

    April 1, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    He looks really funny with that silly looking hat.

    This bobo dey fine, but it ain’t working for him here. I guess all the anger welling up in him made him look one kind

  8. May

    April 1, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Chop Kunkle sir! Ẹso fún wọn.

  9. nene

    April 1, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    but who called them illiterates? I’ve never heard anyone refer to them as illiterates. ppl only call them out on their razz and uncouth behaviour both on and off set. some yoruba people are too cultural, they hold culture like the beginning and end of all. oga yomi no need to insult people biko. we were colonised by the british, so we speak english. u can’t compare nigeria with italy for example, italy was not colonised by any country. angolans speak portugese because they were colonised by portugal, they still have their tribes and native dialects but every angolan speaks portugese. yoruba industry is just beefing nollywood. gerrarahere! people are trying to bring nigeria together by breaking language barriers, cultural barriers, etc. gerrarahere. beef!

    • Becca

      April 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

      I am very sorry but I think that this is just wrong. What do you mean by Yoruba people are “too cultural”? I am just curious. If you as an individual do not respect and accept your culture, that is your own cup of tea and it does not mean that others don’t. Before the British came, we has our own institutions and systems and ways of life that were progressive, inclusive and collective. Personally, as someone who grec up deeply rooted in her culture, I appreciate every opportunity to display my culture and I am invested in initiatives, industries and institutions that celebrate our cultures. I think that the Yoruba movie industry has done well in this regard and it is very unfortunate that they have to feel like they have to prove themselves before they can be considered ad educated and cultivated people by their colleagues in the industry and by the society at large. You mentioned their “razz and uncouth behaviour” and I would just like to say, no they are not. The Yorubas are an expressive and boisterous people and if anything, it makes it all the more fun, original and uninhibited. And just so you know, Nigeria is a country whose unity is embedded within its cultural diversity so there are no barriers to be broken but to be celebrated and accepted. We are a collective unit as a nation but we have distinct cultural identities and this does not separate us, it only showcases us as diverse yet united people. With regards to your beef, I suggest you visit the closest abattoir to you, you’ll certainly find it there.
      *I apologize for any typos. I use a French keyboard. Cheers.

    • Lola

      April 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

      Did u say Yorubas are razz and uncouth? I don’t blame you,na social media give u liver chop to they type nonsense.

  10. ThankGodForMe

    April 2, 2016 at 12:39 am


  11. anonymous

    April 2, 2016 at 12:48 am

    I always laugh, when i see all these South east, South south idiots that them and their parents enter lorry to come to Lagos, residing among us the Yorubas freely, make money in Yoruba land, all of a sudden Uche will become Jenifer, i must bubble by force, they forget their village upbringing and open their dirty tribalistic mouth, all these girls that have moustache growing on their face, they will start to insult we the Yorubas, their benefactors, biting the fingers that feed you, yet we cannot move to your dirty villages and feel at home. They now become lagos boys and girls and start referring to us as Yoruba ngabti ngbati, it will not be well with all of you that insult our generosity, this dirty idea of Nigeria will break into pieces in Jesus name , you people must go and live in that your occult nation called Biafra, i cannot wait for the day you win your freedom , pack your kaya and go back to your heinous jungles. Idiots, they don open eye pass the Yoruba people wey cover their shame after the thrashing you suffered during your ill advised war, we supported you, uncouth ilk like the SS and SE calling Yoruba people local, is there a Nobel laureate in your generation?

    • Ijebu-Ipswich

      April 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      You are not yoruba!!!

      You are pro-biafra!!!

      STOP EET!

      We yoruba’s really don’t care about biafra and it’s like. Neither do we hate igbo, efik, ijaw, or hausa people.

      All tribes are located in our lasgidi! and we love etttttt!


      On the case of biafra however, If it makes our igbo peeps happy….Why not? If it make the resulting countries better…why not?


      Commot hia!!!!


      Why are you trying portray the Yoruba Tribe as Bile filled people??


      BN: i better not look for this comment, unless i will believe you support tribalism and segregation!

    • *curious*

      April 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Ijebu-Ipswich, omo iya, jo chop knuckle!

      *Anonymous*, you have been caught ni yen oo. 😛
      No issues with you being pro-Biafra but stop trying to use reverse psychology.

  12. Ola'

    April 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

    Well-said Yomi Fash Lanso. Even the English people want to learn how to speak other languages. So the fact that other people like Russians, French, German, polish, Spanish people don’t speak english and they are white makes them literate, while Nigerians that cant speak English are illiterates. Some Nigerians are stupid and dumb (not all of them) instead of them to embrace their roots and promote their culture like China is doing, they would rather leave their made in Nigeria coke and cookies and import made in America coke and cookies, simply because they don’t trust their own or simply don’t want to be recognized with theirs. That is to show you their level of literacy.
    I really don’t understand how shallow minded we are. We take pleasure in promoting other people’s culture, while dragging ours in the mud. We have a lot of growing up to do in this country period.

  13. Honeycrown

    April 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

    I agree with him. Some Nigerians can overkill this speaking English palava. I appreciate when people speak and write well but I can’t raise my BP when people don’t. Many literate foreigners who speak another language aside from English are proud to speak their mother tongue anywhere in the world. This is why I admire Spanish, Asians, Indians, Russians etc when they speak their language with their children in public. You will see some Nigerian parents “tabo-ing” in public all in the name of speaking English with their kids because they don’t want to be tagged as local or razz.

  14. bafe

    April 2, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Yomi is in order. The future is movie in African languages but with intelligible sub titles. I have news for Enugu/Asaba actors with their pseudo English language movies. Such movies are not acceptable from us for Oscars !! Only non English language films with good sub titles. Please take note, enemies of local languages.

  15. Evans

    April 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    why are Nigerians like this? u can’t speak the official language in d country, n u are defending ursef? Those speaking Spanish, speak their official language wt joy, likewise French, German, Portuguese…….
    we have too many languages in Nigeria, that’s why we have to necessarily speak our official one.
    Don’t come here and display ur backwardness, telling us some people speak Spanish, do u expect them to speak English when they were not colonized by England? come on, why are Nigerians like this?

    • GetYourFactsRight

      April 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

      Sorry to say, but the point you made was invalid. We can’t keep using being colonized as an excuse. Lets take Bollywood as an example, India was a British colony yet they still speak their cultural language in their movies. And guess what? The west still respect and acknowledge them.
      Nigerians need to stop trying to please the western world and start promoting our ideals and standards when it comes to culture, education, beauty etc.
      That’s the only was we can be taken seriously.
      If we don’t, I highly doubt that there will still be an element of Nigerian culture in the next 100 years.

  16. Marc Francis of Chelsea

    April 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

    It’s called being multilingual Mr Yomi. If every actor in Nigeria spoke only their mother tongue in movies, then how would we be watching movies? There are at least 56 languages in Nigeria! You’re trying to disprove your illiteracy and showing how stupid you are in the process. English is the language that unites us. I love Yoruba and Igbo movies personally, but reading subtitles can be a hassle. Imagine if we had movies in Tiv and Ibibio. Not to even start dissecting all the different dialects. Just mad for no reason.

  17. mabel

    April 2, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t understand all these argument. Nobody is an illiterate for choosing to act in his/her local language. The fact remains that Nollywood will stay because the English language is spoken. Simple. I understand yoruba, I’m igbo, I speak Russian, trying to learn french. I do not understand Hausa. I can’t watch kannywood just like I’m not interested in Indian movies unless English is spoken. What is the use watching a movie you don’t know what the person is saying? That’s why you have Nollywood made up of actors from everytribe speaking English. Simple. Watch channels 156,157 and 159 if you want to go tribal.

  18. Esther

    April 2, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Great point! He spoke well. However, I urge Yoruba actors who can’t speak English well to not try. They do this a lot. Most times I cringe inwardly when they blow grammar so confidently. same wt d Igbo side. It’s not by force na. Kukuma speak pidgin. Speaking yoruba language in their movies make a whole lot of sense, but for the sake of non-yoruba speakers, they seriously need to work on the subtitles. some movies have very tacky ones. Bad English and all! They end up confusing you!
    And to those who typed in comments telling tribes to leave, what about those of us with mixed parentage? we shld port to ur house abi? Yeye talk.

    • Treseme

      April 2, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      “What about those with mix parentage?” In most parts of Africa, a child is from where the father comes from or where you were born and raised.

  19. Truth from London

    April 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    “Nigeria is a country whose unity is embedded within its cultural diversity so there are no barriers to be broken but to be celebrated and accepted. We are a collective unit as a nation but we have distinct cultural identities and this does not separate us, it only showcases us as diverse yet united people.”

    -From Becca….

    Someone please give this woman a nobel prize for common sense!

    Tribalism is nothing more than people reacting to what they perceive to be their ‘culture’ being eroded and undermined by others! Once we embrace and begin to appreciate our own cultural differences, we will begin to see true unity in Nigeria.

    English and Pidgin do NOT unite us! They merely serve as a means to facilitate more effective communication with people from other tribes.

    A perfect Nigeria is a Nigeria where everyone accepts and respects our cultural differences, a Nigeria where a Yoruba man moves to Abia to work and tries to learn Igbo (a sign, saying I respect you and your culture and I’m not here to undermine it), where an Igbo moves to Lagos and learns to speak Yoruba. How then would anyone open their mouth and say you’re unwelcome when they see you trying so hard…

    Ps. to people saying “English is our official language bla bla bla”: since when did Official mean anything in Nigeria?? The official naira to dollar rate is 199, and so?? lol #peaceloveandunity

  20. Tee

    April 2, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Guys abeg let’s stop this tribalism. We no need am. Ehhhhhh ehhhnnn abeg anybody here don ever get good neighbours from other tribes, and teachers in secondary school days from outside your tribes, and pastors outside your tribe, or nice colleagues outside your tribe that you lot love. If yes, abeg, make we try live in peace and shun tribalism. Another thing wey dey my mind, have you ever imagined what your grade would be like in Physics, Chemistry and maths if the textbook were written in your native dialect. Don’t mind me o, I just thought I should chip in something. I somehow think it helped India and China technology. Imagine if our local mechanic and vocational training centres in Naija had textbooks in local dialect, I believe more people without University education would have gone far in their field. What do you guys think?

  21. Igede Okpoho

    April 2, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I will like to know who actually called Yoruba movie stars Illiterates? Do we have it on record? Because i haven’t seen any direct quote. So because Mercy Aigbe threw her toys out of hwr pram because she was not nominated as one of the best dressed in Nigeria by this day newspaper, according to her, because she acts in Yoruba movies which in her own words ” are considered illiterate “, remember these are her own words not anybody elses…Someone by the name anonymous has used this medium to vent her frustration on Ndigbo who are neither editors of This Day or made a comment regarding Yoruba movies, Honestly, We do have a long way to go in this country.. The business men, who choose to shoot videos in English know who there target are, believe it or not, they are after YouTube, Iroko money, they don’t really care about what you or i think , to them it’s their own hustle!!!
    The gentleman that was interviewed sounds emotional and was all over the place? First of all, there is no place called Bollywood in India, secondly 75% of westerners are not illiterates.. I wonder where he got those stats from, Btw, Why didn’t he conduct the interview in Yoruba?? There is a reason why English is our national language, just as Portuguese is that of Brazilians, we are colonies of these nations!! Wole Soyinka, a man deeply steeped in Yoruba tradition wrote his plays and novels in English!! Chinua Achebe the same, it doesn’t mean they cannot write in Yoruba or Igbo, it simply means they wanted to reach a wider audience. We have to accept what we are as a people, whether we like it or not, English is the official medium of communication among Nigerians.. I enjoy English and Igbo movies, the Igbo in me sometimes wish all Igbo English films were shot in Igbo but am equally aware a film maker invest millions to make a film and for him or her to reach a wider audience ( Africa/ Carribean), he might have to compromise using English.. You cannot force me to like a movie i don’t understand ..if Yoruba movie is your preference anonymous, fine by all means enjoy it, don’t vent your anger on people who do not care or know you exist, by the way we love our little villages you chose to deride, and it will never be a thing of shame to any African talkless of an Igbo man.. Maybe you need to leave your little enclave to know we don’t all ‘escape’ fromour lovely ‘poor’ villages to travel to Nigeria’s version of NY/ LA put together, the all ‘mighty’ Lagos.. My question remains who called Yoruba actors illiterates? Miss Mercy Aigbe we await your answer..

  22. Jesuschrist

    April 2, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    This guy is so stupid and local. He need some serious education. For F sake if you want to reach a wilder audience in movie business, you have to adapt to English. Full stop.
    Yes Yoruba people behave like local villagers!!!!!!
    Do your worst.

    • *curious*

      April 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Shiooorr. Pele oo “posh”.

  23. Uberhaute looks

    April 3, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Afi wilder naa. I must so Oyinbo by force. Shioor


    April 4, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Everyone is guilty here. Even common typographical error. People will come after you. Abeg I will continue to say it that English no be my language.

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