My experience with Kunle Afolayan – Demola Adedoyin

Demola Adedoyin is an actor, model, musician, who is currently known for playing one of the lead roles, Prince Aderopo, in Kunle Afolayan’s October 1.

He was born in Lagos where he is now based. His interest in graphics and audio-visuals saw him gain a Masters in Media and Communication from the Metropolitan University of London. He also studied Film Directing at the Central Film School, London. Apart from acting, he runs his own audio-visual media company called Yin Media.

His first film role was as the boyfriend of a white woman with a racist mother in Secrets’ directed by Fleur Wesling, a UK production. He is also set to star in an upcoming TV, The Island, produced by Storm Records, Nigeria.

As a musician, he produced a single with Ice Prince and DJ Atte under the stage name, KamiLion.

He spoke to PREMIUM TIMES about his acting and the movie that threw him into the limelight, October 1.

PT: Did you always plan on being an actor or was your venture into acting serendipitous?

Demola: That’s it; pure serendipity. I had decided to focus on a more corporate existence. Even my acting classes happened in the form of necessity. In between being accepted after the audition for my 1st film (Secrets) and going on set I wanted to prepare for what I was going to do.

It was my first paid gig. While pursuing my master’s degree I did some part time modelling just for extra income and my online agent recommended me to some independent filmmakers for a speaking part in a short film about racism. After I did the short film, I decided to go to film school and learn about direction and production.

PT: How did you get the role of Prince Aderopo in October 1?

Demola: I was called in for a private reading in Kunle’s office. Then I did the same with other possible contenders at the open audition where Tunde Babalola, the writer of the script, was heavily involved.

PT: What was your main reaction to the script especially the child rape plotline?

Demola: I found it bold and intriguing because Nigerians are usually afraid to delve into such sensitive matters. But Kunle wisely presented it in a way that wouldn’t be deemed gratuitous.

PT: Did it bother you that you were going to play such a negative yet wounded character?

Demola: Not really. You dig deep into parts of yourself that resonate and you make it work. Maybe someone who is the same way might find a lesson in the outcomes and questions answered /raised by the film as the whole.

PT: How did you prepare for the role?

Demola: I stopped weight training and focused on stamina training, because my character is a guy that has to do a lot of running. I decided he wouldn’t be based on any previous villain of his kind in films. I slowed my speech and put myself in his frame of mind, but decided that due to his high level of education, there would be no conspicuous signs of psychosis.

PT: Do you share the same view as Prince Aderopo that Nigeria’s amalgamation was ill-timed even unnecessary?

Demola: Absolutely not. There were two sides to colonisation. Maybe there was a good side effect from it in terms of the side effect of strengthening our desire for education and advancement but having said that, independence was very necessary, no nation should be colonised. All our eyes are open now.

PT: How did you feel acting alongside a veteran like Sadiq Daba and Kayode Aderupoko?

Demola: I got to learn so much from them. They are both very masterful in their work. They have been at it for a while so it seems like they’re locked into character. Even for me, it’s great to watch them.

PT: Describe your experience working with Kunle Afolayan?

Demola: It was an uplifting experience. Of course, he’s a high pressure individual while on the project and some found it tedious but I let it energise me. Also, he made me understand the brief ahead of me, breaking down expectations down before he unleashed me. He gives you a baseline and says, “Take it from there. It’s your show.”

PT: What was your general experience on set?

Demola: It was a close knit bubble of very diverse characters, so there was never a dull moment. Really, the only calm moments were in scenes that required calm.

PT: This is your third film, how does it feel hitting it “big” so soon in your career? How do you plan to ride out this wave crest?

Demola: I feel I am yet to hit it ‘Big’. If I can do more great work then I will and it will happen but I’m still on the way.

PT: Who has influenced you the most as an actor or in life generally?

Demola: As an actor, Denzel Washington; in life, my father.

Demola Adedoyin on set October 1
Demola Adedoyin on set October 1

PT: What are your plans, post October 1?

Demola: My media company will shift focus from corporate identity work to the audiovisuals and for now. I plan to make and be involved in great filmmaking and communications work.

PT: You are also a; what genre of music are you into?

Demola: I personally listen to a wide range of music from R& B to techno, afrobeats and rap to classical, opera and Brazilian bossa nova. But what I’ve always created is a blend of R& B and hip hop music.

PT: What do you do in your free time?

Demola: I’m a knowledge junkie, so there is no free time really, as knowledge will never be completely consumed. I play soccer and basketball regularly and have recently restarted martial arts, which I practised competitively in school.

PT: Are you married, single and searching or single and in a relationship? Describe your perfect woman.

Demola: I’m single, and don’t believe there’s a perfect woman. But situations can present someone who’s right for you as you are. I’ll probably answer better when I’ve found her.

PT: Which actor/actress would you love most to act with? Same for director.

Demola: Actors: Joseph Benjamin, Tope Tedela and OC Ukeje. I’ve worked with Omotola Ekeinde on The Island TV series, which was amazing. I also recently worked with Beverly Naya on a new project and she is so talented. Directors: Kunle Afolayan again, Seyi Babatope. Eric Aghimien is a good action director too.

PT: In which ways do you think Nollywood is making it and how can it get better?

Demola: We need to get better in sound and cinematography but we are well on our way to leading the world in the craft. Especially when distribution and demand catch on properly and the average man has access to seeing great films wherever he is.


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  • E.A

    Big ups Dems. Look straight ahead and do your thing.-(Mr.EMEDITH)

  • Pelumi Osunrayi

    October 1st is a 2014 Nigerian dark psychological
    thriller film written by Tunde Babalola, produced and directed by Kunle
    Afolayan. It stars Sadiq Daba, Kayode Olaiya, David Bailie, Kehinde Bankole,
    Kanayo O. Kanayo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Nick Rhys, Kunle Afolayan, Femi
    Adebabyo, Bimbo Manuel, Ibrahim Chatta and introducing Demola Adedoyin; it also
    features special appearance from Deola Sagoe.

    My favourite actor in the movie is Demola Adedoyin who
    played the prince, Aderopo. He was the perfect man for the role. He was very
    good and realistic in his acting. I hope to see his face in many more Nigerian
    movies.

    However, the director is the most important person in film
    production because he or she is the one who puts different aspect of the movies
    together. According to the auteur theory, the director’s personal creative
    vision is what a film is all about.

    The position of the film director is not easy to define
    concisely. Different film companies and directors have different ideas about
    exactly what the job entails. However the following duties are fairly standard:

    1.
    Interpreting the script and making it into a
    film.

    2.
    Overseeing the cinematography and technical
    aspects.

    3.
    Coaching actors and directing them towards the
    required performances.

    Relating these duties to the role of the director in October
    1st, I find the movie very predictable. I knew it was the prince
    that was killing the girls. It became very obvious to me when the prince was
    telling his father that he wanted to go out for a stroll and he putting on
    white all through ad the first scene which shows a man chasing a girl and
    eventually raping her, the man was also in white all through. Besides the
    prince didn’t seem to have any other important thing he was doing in the movie.
    I continued watching because I had to
    and also to know why he was killing the girls and how many would be killed.

    Also, the personality of the inspector wasn’t properly
    explored. The director probably noticed this eventually and made an attempt by
    giving him a past but it was already too late and that failed. This could be
    the fault of the script writer or the director simply didn’t interpret the
    script properly.

    The cinematography is top notch and this is another great
    improvement for the Nigerian movie industry. I love this movie because it reminds
    me of Sherlock which is probably the best movie I have ever seen.

    The appearance of Funmi Ransome Kuti was unnecessary. Most of
    the actors sounded like they over rehearsed and the acting of the scene where
    the Hausa man and also the prince gets killed is also faulty. No one can throw
    a cutlass from that distance and it would hit a man in the middle of the chest
    and go in that deep and I don’t even understand why the prince was killed. He could
    have just been shot in the leg or something since he had already released his
    hostage.

    I am not trying to portray the movie has a bad one but I can’t
    ignore its faults either. It is a very good movie, above average but better can
    be done. The humour was good and so was the suspense.

    I have a new level of respect for Afolayan and I am very
    proud of his production. It was pieced together wonderfully (even with its
    faults) and creatively executed.

    OLUWAPLEUMI OSUNRAYI

    CALEB UNIVERSITY LAGOS.

  • Ekpitimitimi Brenda

    “…He always insisted however, that he [Mr Sowore of Sahara Reporters] had his facts, and that he knew more insiders than I could ever imagine. I was always shocked how State House documents and inside stories regularly found their way to his desk, and how on the day the president’s brother died, he had published the story even before anyone in Aso Rock knew”

    For Mr Sowore to tell you that he had many insiders than you could ever imagine speaks volumes but it is what Nigerians already know. It was and still is, a group of Yoruba and Hausa ethnic group that decided they needed ti get power back from Dr Jonathan at any cost. They had insiders everywhere. In the military, Police. Presidency, CBN and even in the Boko haram camp where I believe they had more insiders. The Nigerian army were always ambushed and each time the attacks were splashed on the websites of Sahara reporters the very next minute.

    Beyond having insiders, Sahara Reporters are skilled in the art of hacking PCs of Nigerians, but they do it by proxy to eliminate any trace. But some of us who were smarter have a trace of their clandestine and shameful hacking activities. If a news medium that does not feel good about your comments or article goes to the extent of giving your computer’s IP address (Internet address) to their agents to hack your system, emails and phone conversations, then where does ethic lie?

    Those of us who caught them in the act have documented and stored our evidence. Some of them even in video format that they cannot and can never refute. These guys fight dirty. They are pure political jobbers whose websites and stories are overly parochial and partisan. Since Buhari came to power have you read any reports from Sahara Reporters or Premium Times stating an inside source from the Military? Have you ever seen any more pictures of any attacks despite over 2,724 killed in 7months from June to January? Crooked Journalists and Journalism! That is what they are. Complete hypocritical nuisances.

  • FormerNigerian

    Online journalism in Nigeria should remember the word “Rwanda”. It doesn’t take much cost and time to regulate readers’ comments -it is irresponsible to allow the sort of hate speech that occurs, especially when the word Biafra is mentioned on any news website.

  • SAM .A

    This guy called Abati should shut up his mouth , throw all his pens to Atlantic Ocean and bury his head in shame as a Yoruba man . With the current revelation of the rape of a nation , how you Abati Alapa helped to hold the legs of Nigeria down when Jonathan , Dasuki and all the PDPigs took their turn while Patience ,mama peace was singing and Ngozi held the hands and fanning the rapers.
    Please shut up and disappear from all writing , your words are causing headache and stomach turning and diarrhea .