Top Nigerian Actors Who Combine Their Acting Career With Lecturing Profession

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Nollywood has been tagged as one of the biggest movie industries in the world today raking in several billions of dollars annually.

From time to time, we love to celebrate our actors and most times we love to celebrate the exceptional ones who not only stand out as actors but also combine acting with being an educationist and passing their wealth of knowlege to their students.


  1. solafosudoDr. Sola Fosudo  

Dr. Sola Fosudo is a senior lecturer at Lagos State University department of Theatre Arts and Music.

He has at different times been made the Head of Department and was until recently the Director of Press and Public Relations Unit at the university.

2. Hafiz Oyetoro  saka1

Hafiz ‘Saka’ Oyetoro The actor is a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education in Ijanikin, Lagos.

Apart from acting and lecturing, Saka is also a brand ambassador for MTN and has modeled for different firms including Diamond bank and Etisalat.


3.Doyin Hassandoyin hassan

Doyin Hassan is popular for his role in Saworeide and has gone on to appear in several Christian movies produced by Mike Bamiloye’s Mount Zion Film Productions.

Today Doyin Hassan who holds a PhD in Marketing is a senior lecturer in the department of Marketing in Lagos State University. He is also a former HOD at the department and is currently an Assistant Director in the university’s school of part-time studies in charge of Ogba and Ikorodu campuses.


  1. Kola Oyewo

Kola Oyewo Many would remember Kola Oyewo from Tunde Kelani’s movie ‘Kosegbe’ where he played Mako, an incorruptible Custom boss.

The OAU and UI schooled actor is currently the Head of Department at the department of dramatic arts in Redeemer’s University. He was a senior lecturer at Obafemi Awolowo University until 2011.

5.Sam Dedesamdede

Sam Dede His role in epic movie ‘Igodo’ endeared Sam Dede to many Nigerians after which he graced several other films in Nollywood. Award winning Dede however is a man of many parts.

The former lecturer at the University of Lagos is currently in the employ of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Port Harcourt. He is also the Director-General of the Rivers State Tourism Development Agency.

  1. Tunji SotimirinTunji-Sotimirin-400x329

Tunji Sotimirin is a veteran actor whose activity in the Nigerian movie industry spans almost three decades.

Tunji Sotimirin stared in ‘Owuro Lojo’ alongside a young Joke Silva in the early 90s and has also featured in numerous movies including Tade Ogidan’s Hostages. The funny actor is currently a lecturer in the department of Theatre Arts at the University of Lagos.

  1. Gbenga WindapoGbenga-Windapo1

Gbenga Windapo The prolific actor and comedian who recently acted alongside 2face, Ali Baba and many others in Baba Dee’s movie, Head Gone is a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education.

Gbenga Windapo and Hafiz Oyetoro are however not coincidental colleagues at AOCOED as the duo have a long history together as partners having acted in numerous stage plays as a group. Gbenga Windapo founded the comedy group, Lafomania which had Saka and many other comedians as members.

8.Columbus Irosoanga

Columbus Irosoanga This Okirika, Rivers State born top Nollywood actor and Theatre Arts lecturer at University of Port Harcourt has helped to groom up coming artistes.

His acting career started in the early 80s when he featured in various soap operas with other top actors such as Comish Ekiye in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and also took part in dramas at the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture. He is one of the showbiz personalities to contend with in the industry.


Peter Fatomilola Popularly known as Papa Ajasco, Mr. Fatomilola who comes from Ido Ori, in Ekiti State, is an actor of great substance, by every standard. His choice of Theatre Arts, as a profession, may well have been influenced by the role he had to play during Ifa festivals, in support of his father who was then a chief Ifa Priest.

As a way of refining the rudiments, which he acquired in those early years of his life, he decided to join the Olokun Theatre n 1967, under the late Professor Ola Rotimi at the University of Ife. This afforded him the opportunity to perform in the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV) and the Western Nigeria Broadcasting Service (WNBS). He has featured in about 200 films which include Papa Ajasco, where acted as Papa Ajaco, Lawuwo in rere run , Afonja in Afonja and Mr. Ladego in Sekeseke. Mr. Fatomilola is also a lecturer at the University of Ife where he obtained a degree in Theatre Arts in 1978.






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