B.I.G. Actor, Tomiwa Edun’s Big Plans For Nollywood


By Vanessa Obioha

Most people remember him from Merlin- the British fantasy-adventure TV series based on Arthurian legends of the young wizard Merlin and his relationship with king. In that production, he played the role of Sir Elyan, a recurring character in the last three episodes of the series.

But Tomiwa Edun is no stranger to the Nigerian Film industry. Of course, he cut his teeth in acting in the British Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, which earned him features in prominent theatre productions such as the Shakespearean ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Back home, he is very familiar with the terrain of Nollywood. It was important for him to partner with some of the stakeholders in the industry as another means of furthering his career as well as creating and sharing experiences. The outcome of such partnership yielded him a rile in the collaborative production of Biola Alabi and BB Sasore: Banana Island Ghost. He played the role of Akin, a smooth talking personality who found himself in troubled waters.

“It was fantastic meeting Biola Alabi and BB Sasore. We created a very good vibe and it facilitated my late stage involvement in B.I.G. But this is just the beginning, we are looking forward to doing more together,” he says of his involvement in the movie which grand premiere holds today.

The young actor of mixed heritage (Nigerian, Ghanaian and English) has nothing but great admiration for the vast talents in Nigeria

“We have so many great untold stories, Stories that haven’t been shared widely and I love to get them out, to change the narratives about Africans in the world. There is a very narrow spectrum of stories that is being told about our roots, and I’m desperate to share.”

Although he expressed his concern that the Nigerian film industry is yet to meet up with the West standard of box office ratings, he believes that Banana Island Ghost will be a great success when it hits the cinemas on August 4.