Nollywood actor and producer, Bankole Sunday reveals that he is working on an Epic project currently. He also discuss career, motivation, challenges and more in this interview. Read it all below.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is Bankole Sunday Ezekiel, a native of Kwara State and I’m the last born in the family of 4, I was born and brought up in Omu_Aran, I attended St Paul Primary School Omu-Aran then Government Secondary School Omu-Aran and I studied Accounting in Offa Poly.
HOW DID THE ACTING JOURNEY STARTED?
I’ve always loved acting as a child as a matter of fact I’m always looking for anywhere the TV is on whenever my mum sent me on an errand. So, when I relocated to Lagos 2004 and I started a bar business which later became something big. I decided to join the movie industry in 2012 under Hassan Omogoriola’s Caucus but it wasn’t what I envisaged.
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM?
God is my major inspiration but I enjoyed watching Yinka Quadri as a child and he inspired me a lot, I became so curious as I grow older and wanted to see how the magic is being done.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEBUT MOVIE?
My debut movie was KOWE Written, Produced And Directed By Goriola Hassan, I played the role of a gateman and it was just a scene but I was so scared.
IT IS BELIEVED THAT ONCE YOU JOIN A CAUCUS, YOU ARE A STEP TO FAME, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?
Joining a caucus isn’t something that will favour everybody because, things are complicated in the industry right now and the language everybody understands is money so even if you join a caucus and you don’t have money to fund yourself you might end up nowhere.
WHICH MOVIES HAVE YOU PRODUCED?
I am the producer of ESURU, OLOKO, LEKKI GUYS, INLAW, BANUSO, EREMODE, ASENI, OROGUN ALAIDE, EJE KAN, ELEGUSHI SPENDER, SURULERE, ASAN And IRO.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT AWARD PLATFORMS AND THE NOMINATION PROCESS?
Actually, it is ridiculous how awards platforms has seen giving out awards as an avenue to generate money, they have forgotten the main objective is to reward hardwork and recognize a talent when they see one. Awards should be based on merit not favoritism or who has more cash to offer.
CAN WE KNOW THE MOVIES YOU HAVE FEATURED IN?
I have featured in a lot of movies like MARIWO, MODI YIWON LATA, ARINOLA, AYANMO, MY PAINS, IWA ODO, OLOPA OLORUN, OMOLEWA, SIMI, TIFE, SOULMATE, FATE AND DESIRE, KOGBAGIDI, ASIRI IKOKO, EGE, KABIOSI, SHALEWA and many more.
WHICH ROLE DID YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING IN ALL THE ROLES THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?
I played the role of a spoiled child who will always get whatever he wants in ARINOLA But it’s so challenging because it’s an old school storyline like the early 80’s so I acted, talked and dressed differently.
IF YOU ARE OFFERED A MILLION NAIRA, WOULD YOU ACT NAKED?
No, I can never act naked not for any amount whatsoever.
IT IS A TREND THAT FAIR LADIES ARE ACQUAINT MORE ROLES IN THE INDUSTRY THAN FAIR LADIES, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS NOTION?
I am a very principled producer and I don’t engage in favoritism when it comes to doing my job, I will choose talent over complexion anytime any day because what I need is someone that can deliver the role as it should be done not the other way round.
WHICH PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?
I am working on a very big project at the moment and it’s totally different because it is Epic. As a matter of fact, I will be rolling anytime soon.
TO AN UPCOMING PRODUCER AND ACTOR OUT THERE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM RIGHT NOW?
My advice to upcoming producers and artists, most especially the ladies is that they shouldn’t give out their body so cheaply all in the name of I want to become a star. They should be focused and straightforward instead of looking for cheap fame and most importantly, they should be prayerful and try to have another business that will yield income aside from acting so that they won’t end up begging or hailing people on social media for money to support their career.