Wale Ojo (Listen) is a British Nigerian actor. He started as a child actor in television. He subsequently continued acting roles in the UK and Nigeria.[1][2] He came into prominence in 1995 for his role in The Hard Case. He won the award for Best Actor at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards for this leading role in Phone Swap,[3][4] and has been featuring in several movies ever since.

Wale Ojo
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom, Nigeria
Alma materUniversity of Hull, (Drama, 1986)
  • actor
  • producer
  • director
Years active1976–present
Known forPhone Swap (film)

Early life and education edit

Ojo was acting professionally as a child. At the age of 8, he worked with Akin Lewis, who played a barber on the NTA Ibadan 1980s television series Why Worry. At age 12, he moved with his family to England, where he also attended university.[5]

Ojo credits his career on influences from his mother, who was an actress and supportive of his career,[6] Chief Wale Ogunyemi, Tunji Oyelana, playwright Wole Soyinka, and Zulu Sofola.[5]

New Nigeria Cinema edit

Ojo founded New Nigeria Cinema, whose aim is to improve the quality of Nigerian films. New Nigeria Cinema hosted a film viewing and lectures at the British Film Institute in London in 2010.[7][8]

Career performances edit

TV programs edit

Year TV Program Role Notes
1989 Behaving Badly Jim Television mini-serial
1998 – 2000 Heartburn Hotel Chidi Ekechi Television serial
2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (TV series) Kebone Legodimo[9]
2012 - 2016 Meet the Adebanjos Mr. Bayo Adebanjo British-Nigerian sitcom from 2012 to 2016.[10]
2014 Tinsel (TV series) Nosa[11] Long-running Nigerian soap opera
2018 Black Earth Rising Dr. Emmanuel Musoni[12] BBC Two production
2021 Foundation Professor Arren Sorn[13] Apple TV's sci fi series
2022 Blood Sisters Inspector Joe Netflix original series

Films edit

Year Film Role Notes
1995 The Hard Case The gambler Short film
1999 Rage Pin Ojo's first feature film debut. He plays a schizophrenic gangster.[14]
2011 Johnny English Reborn President Chambal
2011 The Guard Doctor Oleyuwo[15] Irish buddy film starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle.
2012 Phone Swap Akin Also featured Nse Ikpe Etim, Joke Silva, Chika Okpala, Lydia Forson and Hafeez Oyetoro. This was Ojo's first feature film in Nigeria.[16]
2012 Big Man
2013 Half of a Yellow Sun Chief Okonji Historical film featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje and John Boyega.[17]
2014 A Letter from Adam Adam Romance starring Lydia Forson (who also wrote the screenplay), Naa Ashokor Mensah Doku, Akorfa Edjeani, Albert Jackson, Fred Kanebi, Jeff Kumordzie and Louie Lartey.
2014 Render to Caesar Pade Crime thriller also featuring Gbenga Akinnagbe, Omoni Oboli and Bimbo Manuel
2014 When Love Happens Oladele Laguda Romantic comedy featuring Weruche Opia as Moduroti (Mo) Bankole-Smith
2015 8 Bars and a Clef Felix Mensah Film about a musically gifted recording artist dealing with dyslexia.[18]
2015 Fifty Kunle Stars Iretiola Doyle, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dakore Egbuson
2016 Ayamma: Music in the Forest Prince Daraima Directed by Chris Eneaji Eneng. Also starring Moses Armstrong, Theresa Edem, Smart Edikan
2016 Betrayal Funbi Written and directed by Darasen Richards. Also starring David Jones David and Theresa Edem.[19]
2016 The CEO Kola Alabi
2016 Ojukokoro Mad Dog Max This crime film is also known as Ojukokoro: Greed and includes an ensemble cast.
2016 White Colour Black Monsiour Dabo Also starring Dudley O’Shaughnessy as the main character.[20]
2017 Alter Ego Timothy Also starring Ayenuro Ademola, Rahila Ahmed, Abiola Atande
2017 Sand Castle Ayade Also starring Mary Uranta and Sylvia Edem.
2017 Ghost of Tarkwa Bay Nigeria's first movie about the art of surfing. Also features Ibrahim Odrago, May Owen, Armando Abraham, and Godspower. This short film marks Wale Ojo's directorial debut.[21][22]
2018 Disguise Theophilus Vaughn Also starring Toyin Abraham, Faith Adibe, Daniel K. Daniel, Afanye Daniel
2018 Lara and the Beat Uncle Tunde Also starring Chioma Chukwuka, Saidi Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Chinedu Ikedieze
2018 New Money Chuka Also stars Jemima Osunde, Kate Henshaw, Blossom Chukwujekwu, Dakore Akande, Osas Ighodaro and Falz d Bahd Guy.[23]
2018 Voiceless Scream Dr. Joel Azubike Directed by Dotun Taylor and also stars Jide Kosoko and Adeniyi Johnson.[24]
2019 Another Father's Day Femi Daniel Sequel to Happy Father's Day film. Directed by Bukola Ogunsola. Also stars Mercy Aigbe.[25]
2019 Coming from Insanity Mr. Martins Crime drama with Gabriel Afolyan, Sani Danja, Dakore Akande, Bolanle Ninalowo, and Damilola Adegbite[26]
2019 Don't Get Mad Get Even Dr. Badejo[27] Ojo's feature film directorial debut. Features Toyin Abraham, Saheed Balogun and Nancy Isime.
2019 Jumbled Mr Sagoe[28] Also stars Femi Adebayo, Eucharia Anunobi Ekwu, Lilian Esoro.
2019 Kasanova Femi[29] Also starring Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Ruby Akubueze and Yomi Alvin.
2019 Ordinary Fellows Professor Jega A film by Lorenzo Menakaya
2019 Walking with Shadows Dad Drama also starring Ozzy Agu, Funlola Aofiyebi, Ayoola Ayolola, Zainab Balogun, Riyo David and Ade Laoye.[30]
2020 This Lady Called Life Daddy[31] Stars Bisola Aiyeola, Samuel Asa'ah, and Lota Chukwu.
2021 Silent Murder Also stars Tina Mba, Wole Ojo, Saidi Balogun, Eniola Badmus, Charles Okocha, Bayray McNwizu.[32]
2022 Bloodhound Azusa[33] Also starring Ademola Adedoyin, Abayomi Alvin, Samuel Asa'ah.
2022 Songs of Ubong Ubong Also stars Rhoda Morakinyo. Directed by Owen Olowu. Inspired by the Songs of Solomon.[34]
2022 A Place Called Forward Husband Also stars Fred Amata and Judith Audu. Written by Aboyowa Aby Mene. Directed by Umanu Ojochenemi Elijah.[35]
2022 A Song From the Dark Magnus Williams Also stars Garcia Alicia Brown, Kane Surry, Vanessa Vanderpuye, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Dean Kilbey, Tom Patient, Lola Ogunyemi, Dimeji Ewuoso, Ryan Spong, Dylan McCormack, Octavia Gilmore, Yinka Awoni, Marshall Griffin, Alexander Scrivens, Amy Lally. Written and directed by Ogodinife Okpue.[36]
2023 Breath of Life Timi Johnson Also stars Genoveva Umeh, Chimezie Imo, Bimbo Manuel, Tina Mba, Demola Adedoyin, Sam Dede, Sambasa Nzeribe, and Melly Atari. First Amazon Prime commissioned Nigerian film.[37][38]

Theatre edit

Year Play Theatre Role Notes
2009 The Sunset Limited[39] Capital Centre, Warwickshire, England Black Michael Gould performed as White

Awards and nominations edit

Year Event Prize Work Result
2013 Nollywood Movies Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Phone Swap Nominated[40]
2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best Actor in a Film Phone Swap Won[41]
2015 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Meet the Adebanjos Nominated[42]
2018 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Supporting Actor Betrayal Nominated[43]
2018 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Drama Alter Ego Nominated[43]
2022 Africa Movie Academy Award Best Supporting Actor A Song From the Dark Nominated[44]
2024 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Lead Actor Breath of Life (2023 film) Won[45]

See also edit

References edit

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