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Akin Lewis’ “The Groom” Goes To Cinema During Ileya Festival



Arrangements have been concluded for the popular Nollywood actor, Akin Lewis, to show his movie, titled; The Groom (Oko Iyawo), in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on the second and third days of Ileya.

The movie would be in cinema house in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on the second day of Ileya based on the information made available by Seyifunmi Odunuga of Apreel 1 Events

“Oko-Iyawo” is a comedy movie produced and directed by Lewis.

The story is about Chief Ifaseyi, a married man of many years with two children, who is living happily with his wife. Ifaseyi is not too rich until his girlfriend of so many years decided to marry him as she just won a multi-million naira contract, but which his wife resisted, but finally succumbed to after pressure from his friends.

Ifaseyi and the new lover got married and lived truly in opulence with lots of money, new house, cars etc and all was well until he decided to divorce the new wife, then hell broke loose!

The producer, Otunba (Dr) Akintola Akin-Lewis started his professional career in theatre in 1973, when he joined Odu Themes, a theatre group led by Professor Bode Sowande of the then Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.

He later trained at the University of Ife, where he obtained distinction in Theatre Arts under the tutelage of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi, Sunbo Marinho, Chuck Mike, and many others.

He also perfected his craft on the Wole Soyinka theatre stage of University of Ibadan under Dr. Zulu Sofola, Bayo Oduneye (Uncle B) and Professor Bode Sowande.

Akin Lewis bagged an MA in Theatre (Acting and Directing) from Sofia Bulgaria, PGD in Marketing Communications from the University of Lagos and was recently awarded Honourary Doctorate degree (HONORS CAUSA) in Politics and Social Human Development by SANCTI PAULI LUTHERAN INSTITUTE FRANCE.

In recognition of his 49 years of service in the industry, he was conferred with the award of Fellow of Theatre Arts (FTA) by the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

Akin Lewis has acted in several stage plays at home and abroad which include BIKO’s INQUEST, WEDLOCK OF THE GODS, THE NIGHT BEFORE, KURUNMI, AND MACBETH.

He joined NTV IBADAN in 1977, where he further trained as an Actor, Producer and Director and he is renowned for his role in WHY WORRY, THE LION AND KOKO CLOSE.

His English language movies include YOUR EXCELLENCY, KING OF BOYS 1 and II etc. Akin Lewis also excelled in the corporate world, where he worked at Directorate levels in GLOBACOM LTD, CENTRESPREAD FCB (Advertising & PR), OMEGA Bank and CMC CONNECT LTD. (PR).

He was Rector of Graig Davies College of Technology that offered media studies in Lagos.

Akin Lewis served in the ministry as an ordained Evangelist all over Africa. He is a polyglot and widely travelled at home and abroad.

He is the scion of the House of Abraham Davie Lewis of Owu Egba and later of Olowogbowo Lagos and also of the House of Adedoja Ekolo of Oke-Odo Ibadan.

Lewis is happily married with children.

– Kunle Bakare.

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