Olarotimi Fakunle: Nollywood‘s Versatile Force Takes Center Stage in “The Slum King”
“The Slum King” an Africa Magic series, has been making waves with its intriguing storyline and captivating characters. One such character, portrayed by Olarotimi Fakunle, has solidified his presence as a versatile force in Nollywood. Known for his commanding on-screen performances, Fakunle’s journey in the industry is a testament to his dedication and skill.
The third episode of “The Slum King” marked a pivotal moment in the series. Fakunle’s character, Imole, took center stage as the storyline took an intriguing turn. After a period of representation by a younger actor, Fakunle’s return to the role brought a fresh dimension to the character. The episode concluded with a dramatic shot fired directly at his character, leaving fans and viewers on the edge of their seats with anticipation for the forthcoming episode, set to air this Sunday.
Fakunle’s career began on the theatrical stage, where he spent significant years honing his craft. His portfolio boasts a rich array of performances, including classics such as “The Trials of Brother Jero,” “Madmen and Specialist,” “The Lion and The Jewel,” “Jero’s Metamorphosis,” “Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again,” “The Gods Are Not To Blame,” and “Death and the King’s Horseman.” Notably, he was part of the Nigerian team that participated in the Shakespeare Olympiad in 2012, and he also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013 and 2014.
Despite his extensive background in theater, it may come as a surprise to some that Fakunle didn’t initially aspire to become an actor. His early dream was to become a veterinarian due to his love for animals. However, his talents in poetry recitation and literary competitions during his school years led him toward the arts. His path was sealed when his mother declared that he couldn’t join the science class in senior secondary school. From that point on, he worked hard, bought LASU’s diploma form, and funded his way through school to study theater arts.
Fakunle has already left an indelible mark on the television screen. Notable among his roles was ‘Asor’ in Africa Magic’s “Riona,” where he portrayed the father of the warrior princess and served as the mentor of the rebels. In “Gangs of Lagos,” he embraced the role of ‘Eleniyan,’ becoming the godfather figure. These roles displayed his versatility and drew him recognition on a larger scale.
In a previous interview this year, Fakunle spoke of his journey from being primarily known as a theater actor to establishing himself as a prominent figure in Nollywood. He expressed his desire to be recognized more significantly in the film industry, emphasizing that “an actor is an actor, and it shouldn’t matter what medium he uses.” The opportunity he had been waiting for arrived with “Slum King.”
In “The Slum King,” Fakunle takes on the role of ‘Imole, Baale of Oro Lede,’ a character distinct from his previous roles. His dedication and understanding of the character’s nuances shine through in his performance. The series continues to captivate viewers, and the anticipation for each new episode is palpable.
With “The Slum King” airing on Africa Magic every Sunday, Fakunle’s legacy in Nollywood continues to grow. His transition from theater to screen exemplifies his adaptability and artistry. As the cinematic landscape evolves, Olarotimi Fakunle remains a versatile and influential presence in Nollywood.