“I once worked as bricklayer to buy filmmaking equipment” — Yoruba Actor Ibrahim Yekini aka Itele d Icon Recount ordeal

I believe a lot of people appreciate my creativity and skills. I also think it is normal to have critics who do not appreciate my work. However, that only drives me to give my best. I don’t want everyone to praise me. If everybody is applauding one, it means they are not telling one the truth. I want reviews that would challenge me to do better than my last project.

Who inspires you in Nollywood?

I am inspired by veteran actor, Antar Laniyan. He is my mentor.

What are your hobbies?

I like to spend time with my family when I don’t have any movie engagement. I like to watch football matches. I would describe myself as a football fanatic.

What football club do you support?

I am a die-hard Chelsea fan. Whenever my team loses, I am always cranky. My wife does not like to talk to me when my team has lost a match.

What movie roles would you reject?

I cannot act gay roles, or kiss a man. It gives me the chills.

How does your wife react to stories of you being romantically linked with other people?

When God gives one a wife, one would not have any problem. My wife knows that I don’t lie, so she believes I would be truthful to her when the chips are down.

How do you handle female fans?

God has been helping me in that regard. My female fans are my real fans. They are the salt of the earth, like the Bible says. I handle their affection with wisdom.

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