Muritala Olanrewaju is an actor and movie director. He has worked with Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe, Gabriel Afolayan, Chika Chukwu, Femi Jacobs, Muyideen Oladapo and a lot more. In this chat with Tosin Clegg, he talks about acting, directing
Tell us about yourself?
I’m Muritala Olanrewaju. I hail from Badagry, Lagos. I studied Dramatic Arts at Obafemi Awolowo University. I had no intentions to practice what I studied, but a senior of mine, Muyideen Oladapo, LALA, encouraged me to give it a try and, to the glory of God, I have about 13 movies to my credit.
How did you become a movie director?
Directing is a different ball game entirely. I would say I fell in love with directing in my finals at OAU when my colleagues and classmates- Olusola Solanke and Emmanuel Odihiri – forced me to direct our first class project. It was challenging but we came through in a major way. So far, I have directed about three short films and more to come this year.
Who have you worked with so far?
I have worked with a lot of people, namely Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe, Gabriel Afolayan, Chika Chukwu, Femi Jacobs, Muyideen Oladapo and, the list is endless.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years from now, Muritala Olanrewaju is going to be an household name in Nigeria movie industry and the world at large.