Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Popular Nollywood actor opens up; I had to turn to shoe mending to survive

Olaniyi 'Sanyeri'Afonja is a popular Nollywood actor. He mostly plies his craft in the Yoruba genre .
He opened up recently on his struggling days.
Read on.....

"The suffering I endured was really extreme. After I finished my secondary school education, I did not have a job so I delved into the theatre world. I did it for some time but I was not being paid even when I went everywhere with the group and was helping them carry their costume.”
 “I had to learn how to repair shoes so I became a shoe cobbler. Eventually, I left Oyo town and came to Lagos to find greener pastures but still I was not earning anything from acting.”

 “I became a mobile cobbler. I would put my materials in a wooden box, place it on my shoulder and start hitting it as I walked the length and breadth of Idumota.”
 “I would constantly hit my wooden box as I walked about to call the attention of people. Then nobody knew me so I kept hitting my box all over Idumota.”
 “I remember I had a handkerchief I used to cover my face because of my tribal marks.”

 “The reason I concealed my tribal marks was because the Igbo boys at Idumota had the belief that if they did not give their shoes to a Ghanaian cobbler, no one could do a better job.”
 “If they saw my tribal marks, they would think I was one of the touts that would normally come to disturb them for money for shop and they would not give me their shoes to repair.”

 “When I saw that being a shoe cobbler was affecting my career as an actor, I had to quit and face acting squarely. I thank God that good fortunes have come my way.”

Thank God he made it. Life would have been incomplete without his comedy.


  1. Sanyeri the olodo actor. He is a great comedian,better than mr Ibu

  2. Which of the wood?
    Nolly or bolly

  3. Hian...
    It should be yarabahood cos I don't know him...