PERFORMING ON A STAGE WITH PRESIDENT OLUSEGUN OBASANJO IN 2003 WAS THE GREATEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME IN MY CAREER.
A journey through life experience is another lessons of life during a chat with Emmanuel Adejumo popularly dubbed as “Boisala” the son of the Ace Comedian, Musician and a poet. Apostle Moses Olaiya Adejumo. He talked about how he started and some of his good and down time experience with Wale Adegbuyi during the chat and all the fascinating moments he had, he’s well-traveled and well vast in his chosen career. He’s amiable and sociable.
May we meet you?
I’m Adejumo Emmanuel popularly known as Boisala, born into the family of the ace comedian Moses Olaiya Adejumo aka Baba Sala. I am a dancer, actor, director, choreographer, multi-instrumentalist and a comedian. Director of House of Dance Nigeria. A Theater Arts graduate from Lagos State University.
How has your father’s legacy affected you?
My father’s legacy had a positive influence in my life, the name open doors for me everywhere I go or wherever I need any assistance, it’s a good legacy and I pray to emulate my Daddy. Peoples’ responses is always welcoming each time I identify myself as his son, they assist and also send passionate messages to him.
How many of your siblings are in the art world or are you the only anointed one?
Haaaaa! Only me ke! (Smile) “Lanre Adejumo” is popularly called Mr. Patua, he is into comedy like my daddy, he is a replica of my daddy, “Muyiwa Adejumo” is known as Adamu Lamide, he is a very sound and creative producer and content provider, “Jumoke Adejumo” is known as Omoge Lamide, she is so funny and creative too, she is doing well, “Adejumo Smart” is another powerful comedian both in English and Yoruba plays, he plays major roles in most National Troupe of Nigeria’s productions. “Mayowa Adejumo” is a musician and he’s doing well, “Oyinda Adejumo” is a gospel musician and she is doing well.
Take us a little thru your family and academic background
I’m the first from my mother and we are three in number, I have brothers and sisters from other step mothers but you can hardly know who belong to which mother because we all grew up together. I attended Methodist Primary School Ilesa, Osun state same school my daddy attended and proceeded to Odo Ona High school Ring road (now Oluyole Extension High school), Ibadan, Oyo state. I practiced theatre for many years before proceeding to Lagos State University to obtain my Bachelor of Art in Theatre.
“My most fascinating moment was, when I was on stage having President Olusegun Obasanjo as a co-performer during the Chogm 2003 in a play directed by Prof. Ahmed Yerima”.
How many countries of the world has theatre exhibited you and your talents?
(Smile) To the glory of God, I have performed in many countries, Benin Republic, Ghana, Liberia, Togo, Congo Republic, Algeria, Egypt, Brazil, Spain, France, Germany South Africa, Japan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, just to mention but few
What is the most painful experience you’ve had in the course of pursuing your dream?
Hmmm! so many bitter experiences but we thank God who had helped us to overcome each bad and painful moments. One of such experience was when I was still serving with my father and we were on a tour to Benin Republic during the era of Alarinjo’s. but the unfortunate happened when our vehicle broke down and the nearest mechanic could only be found in a village that will take another four hours to reach, my father instructed the driver and one of the team member to quickly travel and get a mechanic it was like a joke, we spent two night in the bush before a succor could come. It was a nightmare, but all thanks to God for his faithfulness.
“My father’s legacy affected me positively, the name open doors for me everywhere I go or wherever i need assistance, it’s a good legacy and I pray to really emulate my Daddy. Peoples’ responses is always welcoming each time I identify myself as his son”.
Can we know your happiest moment in this theatre industry?
When it comes to happiest moments, they are very numerous but the most fascinating moment was, when I was on stage having President Olusegun Obasanjo as a co-performer during the Chogm 2003 in a play directed by Prof. Ahmed Yerima. I was so happy with the development and it was a greater experience, performing together on same sage with the sitting president was a great thing that has happened to me and it is a great thing that could happen to any actor.
How do you see yourself in the next decade?
I see myself becoming a super star like my daddy, I see the industry and society too recognizing my comedy and music, and I pray for Nigeria to get better too
What’s your opinion about The Movietainment Magazine and how do you think we can improve to serve you better?
I think MM is doing great in the industry, yes even though there are efforts to make MM a hard copy magazine I think the efforts needs to be more intensify, and also would suggest MM to put up a television program too.
Thanks for your audience.
You are welcome