Akin Lewis is an award-winning Nigerian film actor, director, and producer. He is a veteran actor who has been in the industry for over forty-six years.
Akin Lewis Background
Akin Lewis was born in 1957, in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, to parents who were senior civil servants. He had his early education in Lagos State, then proceeded to the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)), where he obtained his undergraduate degree.
Afterwards, he got a scholarship to do his Masters in Dramatic Arts at a University in Sophia, Bulgaria. He also received training from professionals in the industry. Akin Lewis is married and blessed with children.
Akin Lewis Early Career
Mr Akin fell in love with acting at the age of 12. He used to attend children auditions, with his father’s assistance. His dad also used to buy comics and literature books for him to broaden his knowledge.
While in Secondary school, Mr Akin got involved with the school’s drama group. Immediately he graduated, he joined a professional drama group led by Professor Bode Sowande, a Nigerian writer and dramatist.
The Birth Of A Seasoned Dramatist And Director
His acting career started in earnest in 1973. His father kicked against his acting career, because he felt it was a career for dropouts. But he had the support of his mother from the beginning. However, as he progressed in his career and grew into the limelight, his father embraced his career choice. His dad became proud of his numerous achievement in a short time.
The movie, Why Worry, a comedy sitcom aired on NTA Ibadan in 1980 made Akin Lewis popular. In 2005, Akin Lewis came to limelight for his role in Tade Ogidan’s Madam Dearest.
Akin features in both English and Yoruba movies, and speaks different languages; he’s fluent in Yoruba, English, Bulgaria, and French. He speaks these languages in both stage plays and on TV, depending on the script.
While Akin Lewis was working as an actor, he also worked on a 9-5 job. He worked in the corporate environment for over 20 years and grew to the position of a Senior Executive Director.
Akin Lewis worked in several corporate institutions including: NTA, Globacom, Owena Bank, e.t.c. He is currently the Rector of Graig-Philips College of Technology, a film Institute at Shonibare Estate, Maryland, Lagos.
- The Vacation
- Wild Wolf
- Mind Bending
- Were Alaso
- Dream on Monkey Mountains
- The Night Before
- Wedlock of the Gods
- The Benjamins
- Two Sides of a Coin
- Koko Close
- Why Worry (The Adventures of S.K Adio the Barber) – 1980
- Madam Dearest – 2005
- Hotel Majestic – 2008
- Tinsel – 2008
2012 – 2019
- Silver Lining – 2012
- Heroes and Zeroes – 2012
- Red Hot – 2014
- The Gods are not to Blame (Stage Play) – 2014
- Blood in the Lagoon – 2015
- Better than the Beginning – 2015
- Ade Ferarri 1 – 2015
- Rivers Between – 2015
- Olabisi Oloyingbo – 2015
- My Blood – 2015
- Opa Abo – 2015
- Omo Gomina – 2015
- Mad King of Ijudiya – 2015
- First Cause – 2015
- Alabahun (The Tortoise) – 2016
- Judas Kiss – 2016
- Love, Sex, and Money – 2016
- Mr and Mrs, Chapter 2 – 2017
- Blood in the Lagoon – 2017
- A Soldier’s Story 2: Return From The Dead – 2018
- Upnorth – 2018
- King of Boys – 2018
- Seven and a Half Dates – 2018
- Love Is War – 2019
- Your Excellency – 2019
Akin Lewis Awards And Nominations
- Best Overall Student at the University of Ife – 1979
- A TV station honoured him with a Best Actor Award – 1982
- The Audio Visual Awards (TAVA) for Best Actor – 2010
- Award of Excellence by the Community Development Committee (CDC) – 2017
- City People Movie Award for Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year (Male) – 2018
Akin Lewis Quotes
“You can’t surprise yourself unless you push your limits. You can do more than you think of yourself.”
“Don’t be deterred by criticism; rather, see it only as a tool crafted to make you a better person.”
“The life we touch for goodwill touch another life, and that in turn another. No one knows where or in what place our touch will be felt.”
“Whatever job you find yourself doing, do it with all diligence. Never lose focus on your goal.”
“I just hope our people see the need to save for the rainy day, take care of their people and just keep being grateful.”
“Work hard, work hard, work hard and money will follow. But you need to be talented.”
“I’m not a noisemaker. Most people forget who they are and along the way they get into serious accidents. That’s the first thing they will teach you in the school of drama; never forget who you are.”
Akin Lewis Net Worth
Asides being an actor, Akin Lewis is also the Rector of a College of Technology. So, it’s expected that he is a person of high net worth. According to keninfo.com.ng, Akin Lewis is worth about $1 million dollars.
Even though his father didn’t approve his career choice, Akin persevered. He worked hard to prove himself until his father embraced his decision. This was possible because his father could see his hard work and the results.
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