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“I was so broke, I would walk from Somolu to Surulere everyday” Deyemi the Actor Takes Us Back Memory Lane when He Was Still Struggling


Deyemi Okanlawon aka Deyemi the Actor is a popular and successful Nollywood actor who  has won numerous awards including the best actor in a short film awards for his performance in Blink.

He has not always been this successful however. There were times when the hustle was real.

See an account of one of them in an interview he had with Naij.

“I remembered when I moved out at home not too long after university. I was living in Somolu. Then I had this office I was sharing with my friends at my friend’s house. I was so broke, I would walk from Somolu to Surulere everyday because I did not have any money. I will go round and knock on doors and they will slam doors on my face. Then I will come back with a smile and say hi maybe yesterday was a bad day but today I am here again. So two things, I have always been the type to be very dogged and determined. I take rejection pretty well. So when I came into the industry, it helped me because we have to go for auditions and don’t get picked. So it helped.”


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