How Antar 'Laniyan Inspired Me as a Movie Director - Barrywhite

The Yoruba Movie Industry is blessed with prolific movie directors like Abbey Lanre,Adebayo Tijani,Muhydeen S. Ayinde and a couple of others. A young man called Barrywhite is treading on the path of greatness as he continually projects himself as a movie director to be reckoned with. Some of the blockbuster movies to his credit includes; Omidan Abete, Akin Akeju, Moyomola, Marmok, Idunnu Mi, Iberu Ife, Agidi Inu, Eti ikun, Kinnimose, Olabisi Oloyinbo, Derayo, Ajike OmO Mama e, Bashawa and Best man. In this exclusive interview with the International Award Winning Movie Director, he shares with us his first experience as a director.

Can we meet you?

My name is Moh'd Sa'eed Atanda Abiodun Adebayo. I hail from Owu kingdom in Abeokuta,Ogun state. I am popularly called Barrywhite by my colleagues.
I started my elementary education at Abule-Okuta Primary School,Bariga and later proceeded to C.M.S Grammar School also in Bariga. I read Mass Communication at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta.

How did you venture into film making?

I started couple of years back at Kamorudeen Saba's phoenix pictures(Radical). A lady called Toyosi Owofemi introduced me to Radical and I signified interest in directing. Radical however told me to start as a continuity Manager since am educated.

Tell us about your first experience as a movie director.

Wao! Alhamdulilah! Allah has been awesome. The first project I directed was three years back titled 'Tani Ka Ninu Won' produced by Late Princess Feranmi of blessed memory. May her soul RIP. Antar 'Laniyan was the lead actor while some other popular artistes were also on ground. When Antar arrived, I had to stop the shoot and honour him as a senior colleague. When he was on set,I asked him to appraise my blocking. His response suggests I was on point. I further asked him the second and the third time he shouted "do your thing I love everything you are doing", that was how the inspiration started. I have also had reasons to shoot movies without collecting a dime. All thanks to Allah, He has been awesome.

How do you feel when directing other movie directors?

This is a question I must answer politely. I always respect them and put my best as ever because I believe they have been there before me and I imbibe listening ears.

What's your take on the relocation of movie market from Idumota to Oshodi?

I fully support it if that's what will bring a new dawn to the industry,so be it.

What value do you intend to add to the movie industry?

A greater one, so help me God. Firstly,let's eradicate piracy.

Have you won any award?

Yes. Yoruba Heritage Awards (YOHA) in London 2012 as Best Upcoming Director and was nominated at the recent City People Awards as Best Upcoming Director.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Hollywood as director

Which actor would you say you love working with as a director?

Femi Adebayo,Antar Laniyan,Odun Adekola,Remi Surutu,Oga Bello,Binta Ayo Mogaji,Mimiano,Fathia Balogun,Bukky Wright and host of others...My artistes are my priority. So I love all my actors.

Your role model - Local and Foreign

Antar Laniyan local and Wesley Snipes foreign

We learnt you just shot a new movie. Tell us about it.

It's a comic-movie I titled THE BEST MAN. It's a story of some idiots who their friend told them he will be getting married and he needs one of them as his best man. He promised to give the person N2m and an exotic car on that day. The movie features artistes like:
Wale Akorede (Okunnu),Ayanfe Adeyinka(Monsuru),Joke Jigan,Barrywhite,Oyita,Okele,Bigvai Jokotoye,Iya Ereko,Lagata,Mr Ladi, Tayo Adeniyi,Bukky Ojo, Yinka Adetoro e.t.c...
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Asiwaju is the CEO of Novent Concept, he is a Professional MC and also a Movie Director "Biographical Info" Novent TV is a subsidary of Novent Concept.


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