The Film Blog: This one metric should help you recognize that Yoruba actors are bigger than you think

Look at Antar Laniyan. He makes much of his living these days working behind the scenes in collaboration with Wale Adenuga Productions.

You can’t remember seeing him on any mainstream Nollywood film lately, or at any major premiere. Can you?

And yet, 240,000 followers. Much more than OC Ukeje. Or Damilola Adegbite, which it almost doubles. Even more than Chigurl who is at a still-impressive 132,000 followers.

You could say, well he is a veteran, with more name recall. Well, recall that a person like Charles Novia is a veteran, and nowhere close. Shan George is struggling under 100,000 and even the great Fred Amata can barely musters 25,000 followers.

No, this is a Yoruba movie thing.

See more exhibits below.

And that is before we talk about the father of all of them, The Great Odunlade Adekola.

Or the mother of their fathers, the cross-over miracle, Funke ‘Jenifa’ Akindele.

You should recognize. And you should begin to pay your respects.

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