Orisabunmi whose real name is Folake Aremu has revealed how Jimoh Aliu brought her limelight.
News Rain gathered that the famous actress, Orisabunmi who was formerly married to the late movie legend, Jimoh Aliu, who died on Thursday spoke in a recent interview where she revealed that Jimoh Aliu made her popular.
According to her, Jimoh Ali was not just her former husband, she was her master, who trained her in theatre art.
“My master, Jimoh Aliu, trained me and we later became husband and wife. He stood by me on the journey. We separated as a couple more than 20 years ago. But, all the way, he was very supportive. We were on good terms.
I always pray for him because he was good to me…I can describe him as my master in theatre. All I want to say is that after God, the next person to honour is your master or teacher. He was the person that gave me direction by introducing me to the theatre. Baba Jimoh Aliu trained me. He saw the potential in me and gave me a good career tutelage.”
Orisabunmi Speaks On Movie Career.
Speaking on the quality she had that made her go into theatre.
She said: “I got into theatre because I have a natural flair for it. Nobody asked me to go into it. I am an ardent lover of theatre. Whatever we take interest in would give us fulfilment.
Are you a tailor? Are you a carpenter? If that is what you love to do, please keep at it, you will succeed. If you are interested in a particular trade and you venture into it, it would give you joy and fulfilment. I gave it my full attention. I put my best into it and God supported me. Just don’t say that you want to go into a trade because others are doing it. If you do that, you may not succeed in it.”
And in further stressing on the role Jimoh Aliu played in her life, she recalled:
” I said earlier that Chief Jimoh Aliu was my husband. We had fulfilled our time as a couple. Beyond that, he was a father figure to me. He mentored me in the film and theatre industry. All I can say about him is that he was a good father. I cannot forget him and what he stood for. Today, people know me as Orisabumi. That is as a result of the grace of God and the goodwill of Baba Jimoh Aliu. God gave me fame through him.
It would be recalled that Jimoh Aliu popularly called Aworo, a veteran Nigerian actor died on Thursday at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
He produced a good number of evergreen movies and stage plays which included, Arelu, Yanpanyanrin, Igbo Olodumare among others. Orisabunmi was always a prominent feature in most of these epic movies.