Dare Best-Alabi is an actor, movie/music video director and broadcaster. The Ibadan, Oyo State-born thespian is popular, not just because of his professionalism, but because of his inspirational programme, Olori Oko on Choice FM. In this interview with NollywoodReel, Best-Alabi bares his mind on issues affecting the Nigerian movie industry.
You were into movie production and broadcasting, but it seems you have abandoned movie production completely. Is it true?
Well, I have passion for the two worlds. I started as an actor while in school. I also organise shows and have been handling microphones as master of ceremonies. Though I did Computer Science in school, I was into Christian drama. We revolutionised Christian drama. Then it was Mount Zion, Three-Three Hour etc. We believed that you can’t tell us your story in a movie, it is not possible. I read some books on motion picture then and it changed my orientation.
I have acted in over 20 Christian films. There were even some that I directed and played the lead role. We were doing it but there was no money. At that time, many saw us, the Christian actors, as hypocrites. For instance, Mount Zion people will tell you not to interact with secular actors because they are not spiritual. But I do adverts in secular programmes like the late Kolawole Olawuyi’s programme. So I said to myself, if secular things are wrong, why are these people advertising with them?
The same market where secular people sell their movies is the same place where the Christians also patronise. They use the same cameras and other equipment to shoot their Category: Entertainment