Born on 1st February, 1986, Adetola Abdullateef Adedimeji is a Nigerian actor and filmmaker. He gained popularity with his first major role in Yewande Odukoya's 2013 movie titled Kudi Klepto, and has acted in over 150 Nigerian movies since he began his acting career about fifteen years ago. He is currently a brand ambassador for Airtel Nigeria and Numatville Megacity.
As a Nollywood Actor, Scriptwriter, Producer and Director, Lateef Adedimeji is popularly known as the “Crying Machine” of Bollywood. This is as a result of his exceptional ability to cry effortlessly in any given role.
Popular in Yoruba movies, Lateef Adedimeji is a devoted Muslim from Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria. He is happily married to his beautiful wife and co-actor, Adebimpe Olapade Adedimeji. They got married in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria on _____, 2021.
Adedimeji Lateef is a Nollywood success to reckon with. A list of movies in which he featured include:
Lateef Adedimeji is a Nollywood actor, filmmaker, scriptwriter, director and producer, he is known as the “Crying Machine” due to the fact that he plays a crying role better than any other actor, he knows how to cry.
Adetola Abdullateef Adedimeji was born in Lagos on the 1st of February 1986. He was born as the fourth of six children into the family of Mr & Mrs. Kudu ray Adedimeji he is from Abeokuta, Ogun State though he was raised in Lagos state.
His mother Mrs. Kudirat Adedimeji is from Oyo state, she is a trader by profession. He spent most of his kid days till he becomes of age in Lagos State because he was born in the Oshodi/Isolo area of the state and he had his elementary education and also his secondary school in Lagos State.
Growing up, Lateef Adedimeji had his basic education in Lagos State and also his secondary school education, he then proceeded to the tertiary institution to study and obtain his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye Ogun State.
Lateef Adedimeji started his acting career in 2007, but came to limelight in 2013 after his performance in “Kudi Klepto”, a movie produced by popular actress, Yewande Adekoya.
Since then he has been featuring and starring in various movies and has appeared in over 100 Nollywood movies. His talent coupled with his sense of humor has been speaking for him ever since he started his acting career.
According to Lateef Adedimeji during an interview, he made it known to us that he developed a love for acting while in secondary school.
Due to his talent and intelligent writing skill he was picked by an NGO to be a counselor for HIV/AIDS campaign, he was meant to create an educative video on human rights and sexual related issues which he did perfectly and this has served as an addition to his CV.
Lateef was inspired by Antar Laniyan a Nigerian movie actor, producer, director and successful veteran in the Nigerian movie industry.
His fame has been attracting big brands and also the best movie producers in Nigeria and this landed him a job from UNICEF to feature on a radio drama titled “Omo Catch Up”. After this, he got a job to be a scriptwriter for the popular Orisun TV on a program titled “Sababi” which was aired for over 2 years.
Lateef Adedimeji has worked alongside top actors and actresses in Nollywood, the likes of Muyiwa Ademola, Funke Akindele, Jide Kosoko, Eniola Badmus, Bisola Badmus, Toyin Abraham, Iya Rainbow, Bolanle Ninalowo and many more.
He also has features in movies like Olokiki Oru: The Midnight Sensation, CulturE and many others, he is no doubt an actor that deserves to be rewarded for the contribution he made in Nollywood.
Awards & Recommendation
For a talented actor like Lateef and his hard works and consistency he sure deserves to be rewarded, below are some of the awards won by Lateef Adedimeji:
Best Actor of the Year – Lagos Under-30
Best Actor in supporting role – Best of Nollywood Awards (BON)
Best Actor of the Year – City People Entertainment Award – 2018
He was also nominated for other awards and gotten endorsement deals from top brands, he got one with Airtel Nigeria where he had commercials alongside Idowu Philips a.k.a Iya Rainbow, he also had an endorsement deal with Numatville Megacity, Africa’s first and largest National Tourism and Cultural Megacity.
Lateef Adedimeji and Adebimpe Oyebade marriage took place on the 18th of December 2021 with a glamorous celebration.
Lateef Adedimeji is active on social media. You can connect with him via his official handles on Facebook Instagram and Twitter.
Born on March 1, 1985, Gabriel Afolayan is a Nigerian actor and singer also known by his stage name G-Fresh. He was raised by his father, Adeyemi Afolayan, and has three siblings: Moji Afolayan, Kunle Afolayan, and Aremu Afolayan (brother). Gabriel Afolayan was a native of Agbamu, which is a local government in Nigeria's Kwara State called Irepodun. His primary and secondary schools' names are still a mystery. The University of Ibadan awarded him his first degree in theater art, and he continued his education by enrolling in a drama school in London to study performing arts.
He began acting in 1990, with the film F Opawon serving as his debut feature. He then became well-known for his performance as Akin in the Super Story Series NNENNA. He is a member of the well-known Afolayan entertainment family, which also includes Aremu, Ade Love, Moji, and Kunle Afolayan. He got the Best Supporting Actor prize for his performance as "Tavier Jambari" in Hoodrush (2012). He is most known as a musician for the songs "Awelewa" and "Kokoro Ife." He identified his preferred musical subgenre as "Love ballad" in an interview with The Punch. Afolayan made his acting debut in Baba Sala's F Opawon.
In an interview with Nigerian Tribune, he stated that his music career started in 1997, while he was part of a group in Ibadan. He also stated that he has always been part of the choir. He has cited 2face, Banky W., Aṣa and Bez as influences.
Gabriel Afolayan got married to Adebanke on April 5th, 2018 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
A Veteran actor and movie producer, Gabriel Afolayan has featured in the following movies
Gabriel Afolayan's Songs and Music Features
Gabriel Afolayan, being an actor, also sings, and he started his music career in Ibadan in a music group in 1997 and later became a backup singer for Phoenix studio.
Gabriel Afolayan has been nominated for the following:
13. 2020 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor in a Drama (Movie or TV Series) Coming From Insanity Nominated
14. 2022 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Best Actor in A Drama For Maria Ebun Pataki Pending
Jacinta Lotachukwu Ugwu, commonly called Lota Chukwu by many persons especially her fans, is a talented Nigerian actress. Born on 29th November 1989 into the family of six (6), Lota Chukwu is the last child of her parents. She was given birth to in Nsukka, Enugu State, but raised in Edo State. According to her, she was her parents favourite child, especially her mom. They (her parents) tolerated alot from her while growing up, but that didn't make her to grow up as a stubborn or arrogant child. Lota grew up in a Christian home, and of course, she believes in God.
She gained her elementary education in Edo State. She also holds a B.Sc in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the University of Benin, in Edo State Nigeria. With a burning passion for acting she proceeded to improve and develop herself more by joining a Film School in Lagos, Royal Arts Academy, where she had better training in her expertise.
Lota Chukwu started acting as early as 2009 although, she fully came to the limelight in 2014 when she acted in Funke Akindele's Jenifa's diary. This exposed Lota Chukwu to several juicy opportunities in the Nollywood movie industry. Before joining the Nollywood Industry full-time, Lota has been actively participating in Modelling.
Aside her acting career, Lota is into blogging and also hosts lot of TV programmes. Lota is a passionate lover of Yoga. Yoga became her hobby when she needed to reduce fats from her body.
Lota Chukwu is currently unmarried, but she's in a relationship, although her boyfriend remains anonymous to the public and even her fans. Contrary to widespread opinion, Lota Chukwu currently has no children and she's not a single mother.
Lota has gotten a lot of awards many times, such as, " The most beautiful girl in Nigeria" that was in the year 2011. As well as several nominations too. In 2016, she was nominated for the Scream All Youths Awards - Film Revelation of the Year (Female Category) while in 2017, she was nominated in the City People Entertainment Awards as the Best New Female Actress of the Year (English Category).
Lota has invested so much in herself and career. The talented actress is a true definition of "beauty and brain" packed together. With a beautiful Nollywood Career, sponsorships and ambassadorial deals, Lota Chukwu's net-worth is currently estimated as over $100,000. The movies she has featured in include:
Jacinta Lotachukwu Ugwu is active on social media. You can connect with her via her official handles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok.
Born on February 14th, Oluwatimileyin Agbaje is a professional movie actor, comedian, influencer, entrepreneur, professional corporate event MC, business developer and digital marketer. He is a first class graduate of Law from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and holds a double first class degree from the Nigerian Law School, LL.B (Hons) B.L. (First Class).
Defying the odds for a living, Timi Agbaje is the convener of Man The Mic, a public speaking initiative established since January 2017. Man The Mic is an academy with a vision of igniting and sustaining sterling communication skills in young individuals.
In building up his profile as a seasoned humorous Master of Ceremony, Lawyer, Public Speaker and Media Entrepreneur, Timi had his secondary education at the Obafemi Awolowo University International School, Ile Ife, between 2005-2011. He then proceeded to the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, where he bagged his Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) between 2012 and 2017. He was called into the Nigeria bar in 2018, after graduating with a First Class Degree from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus (BL).
Timi is passionate, goal driven and result oriented. During his time in the University, he was actively involved in several life impacting events, which helped him hone his skill in public speaking. As a Master of ceremonies, he has anchored several events for reputable organizations and well known brands. He has shared the same stage with reputable Nigerian artistes like Adekunle Gold, Olamide, Burna Boy, Wande Coal, Zlantan Ibile, Lil Kesh, MC Lively, and a host of others.
Timi is also the convener of Man The Mic, a workshop for individuals who have keen interest in and want to build a career in public speaking. Timi Agbaje took his trade to another level by leveraging on Instagram, a social media platform, where he performs comedy skits which is largely targeted to address social ills and vices. His YouTube channel, Timi Agbaje, is equally hilarious and likes fashion a lot.
Since April 2015, Timi Agbaje became the Chief Executive Officer and publisher of Seal Magazine. At the time, Seal Magazine started out as a campus based publication at his alma mater, Obafemi Awolowo University. He went on to lead as the Head of Operations at Applehead Multimedia, Nigeria, a contract between August 2019 to January 2020. As a lawyer, Timi Agbaje was a full time Associate at the law firm of Ukiri & Lijadu between November 2018 and May 2019
As a social entrepreneur, Timi Agbaje was a member of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation and member of multiple social committees while as a student. He also took on numerous projects including the popular Ife Career Fair. As a result of his excellence, in honours and awards, Timileyin Agbaje won the Director General's Prize for First Class Degree Students at the Nigerian Law School. This was issued by Nigerian Law School in November 2018. He also won an Award of Academic Excellence from the Nigerian Law School. Also, in April 2017, he won the Obafemi Awolowo University Student Celebrity of the Year Awards
Award of Social Excellence
Best Graduating Student in Labour Law with an "A" Grade 2015/2016 Session
Issued by Obafemi Awolowo University · Dec 2016
Award of Academic Excellence
Building a thriving career, Timi Agbje currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria. In the October 2020 EndSARS protest which held in Lagos, Abuja and other pats of Nigeria, Timi Agbaje made the headlines and got to limelight as he was seen bathing publicly at the protest grounds in a solidarity campaign to end police brutality in the country. As an established content creator, Timi Agbaje has also collaborated with fellow content creators in the entertainment space with specific mentions to Debo Adedayo (Mr Macaroni), Kikie, MC Lively and a host of others.
Oluwatimileyin Agbaje is active on social media. You can connect with him via his official handles on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter.
John Ikponwosa Ighodaro, commonly called Johnny Drille is a talented Nigerian Music artiste, Music producer and Writer. Johnny Drille was born on the 5th of July 1990 into the Christian family of Pastor and Mrs. John Ighodaro. He is among other four other children from his parents.
John Ighodaro is a native of Benin, Edo State and he spent major part of his life in Benin City with his clergy parents and family. Growing up, Johnny Drille gained his fundamental education in Benin City, Edo State. After which he proceeded to the University. After staying at home for over a year without gaining admission into the University. He later got a B. A in English and Literally Studies from the Prestigious University of Benin, Edo State.
According to Johnny Drille, his parents were extremely strict with him and his siblings. His siblings were the only friends he had while growing up. That was when Johnny Drille came to realise that he loved music and since started music when he was a child. He soon became a part of the church music band at that time. Johnny Drille and his siblings were confined only to Christian songs, this was majorly due to the religious belief their father had against circular songs. Even when in the University of Benin, Edo State, he has always been doing music alongside his academic work, he has always had a burning passion for music.
Some persons who are not familiar with his songs would take him as a foreign singer. This is because, while growing up, he always listened to foreign songs of music artists like Don Moen. This helped shaped pattern of songs. His journey into fame as a music artiste started when when he collaborated with a popular Nigerian music artist known as Di Ja under the Mavin Records a song called"Aww" which became very popular. This slim opportunity exposed him to top stars in the Nigerian music industry. This gave him the opportunity to join the popular Mavin Records, and ever since then, he hasn't ceased to wow everyone with his songs, especially his fans . And of course, joining Marvin Records made him even more popular. According to him, he doesn't think of leaving the Marvin Records anytime soon. As he believes they helped him to make his dream come through.
With honourary mention to the many awards and nominations received by Johnny Drille in recent times, one notable win is his recent Best Vocal Performance (Male) Award in 2019 with his song, Finding Efe. Johnny Drille is well known for singing love and romance songs. In recent times, he has connected with top Nigerian music stars like Simi and Niniola to mention but few.
Johnny Drille is best known for his single ‘Wait For Me’ which was nominated for Best Alternative Song at the 2016 Headies Awards. The Nigerian singer first sang in the church of his clergyman father before he came to the attention of the Mavin record label. Johnny’s folky/acoustic sound is firmly rooted in his Nigerian heritage but he’s looking outside of his native borders for additional inspiration, which should bring the singer widespread international recognition.
Johnny Drille’s earliest musical memory is listening to Christmas albums by Boney M in the early 90s. Their tapes were the only ones the family had back then and even when it wasn’t the Christmas season I’d play them over and over with my sister and brothers.
He further revealed that the first band that really caught his attention came after listening on tape to Boney M. Without really knowing who they were he fell in love with The Backstreet Boys. He also has a special thing Jon Bellion after seeing him perform in Nashville for the first time.
Johnny Drille has performed in small intimate spaces and as well, a large crowd of 3000 at his first live show in Lagos, Nigeria.
6. Who is the one artist you wish you could share a stage with (past or present)?
Jon Bellion. I’m such a huge fan of the guy. It would be so cool to share a stage with him.
Recording and promoting costs a lot of money. Even though some artistes don’t really think of it that way they actually kind of provide services like you getting served at a restaurant and it’s just right to pay for that service. Music is everywhere to listen for free, from radio stations, to TV, to street music, etc. but if you love what you hear you should support it.
Johnny Drille has so far been honored with many awards and nominations at different occasions. The recent being the best vocal performance (male) in 2019 with his song "Finding Efe".
Johnny Drille is happily married to his heartthrob, Rima. They got married on January 4th, 2022 at a closed wedding officiated by Pastors Emmanuel and Laju Iren.
Johnny Drille is active on social media platforms with hundreds of followers. His estimated net-worth is about $500,000, a sum which largely sourced from his musical albums, concerts, sponsorships, ambassadorships and other and endorsement deal. A list of popular songs by Johnny Drille are mentioned below:
Bovi (officialbovi) attended the University of Benin Staff School where he received his primary education
Richard Eyimofe Evans Damijo, popularly known as RMD, is a Nigerian actor, writer, producer, lawyer and former journalist. He was born on 6th July, 1961 in Aladja community of Udu Kingdom, Delta state. He attended Midwest college, Warri, and Anglican Grammar school and was a member of the Drama club, where he ignited his passion for acting. He further moved to the University of Benin, where he studied Theatre Arts and graduated in 1983. Later on, he attended the University of Lagos where he studied Law, graduated in 2004, and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2005.
After graduating from the University, RMD took part in the soap opera Ripples, but gained more popularity when he took the role of villain Segun Kadiri in the soap opera Checkmate. He also had a short spell before then, with Concord Newspapers, Metro Magazine and Quality, as a writer. In his 30s, he published and sold Nigeria’s first all-gloss magazine for men, titled Mister. He also wrote and produced his first film, Out of Bounds which made him receive a writer/producer credit.
Richard Mofe Damijo also had a stint in politics when he got appointed as the Special Adviser of Culture and Tourism to the former Governor of Delta State (2007-2015), in 2008. He later became the commissioner for Culture and Tourism of Delta State in 2009. His tenure officially ended in 2015.
Eyimofe Damijo was married to journalist/publisher and talk show host, May Ellen ‘MEE’ Ezekiel before her death in 1996. He later remarried TV Personality, Jumobi Adegbesan, who later left TV presenting for the corporate world. RMD has five children; two with his current wife and three from his previous marriage.
RMD is a recipient of various awards and some of them are: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2005; Special Recognition Award, Best of Nollywood Awards (BON), 2012; Lifetime Achievement Award, Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2016; Overall Best Actor in a Leading role (Cross Road), Africa Movie Academy Awards, 2018. He was also recently nominated for the Most Popular Actor at the Net Honours, 2021.
The multi-talented actor is the founder of the RMD production; an umbrella for the RMDtvng and RMDtheactor which produces creative content, broadcasting, television and radio productions, etc. It is the producer of the popular sitcom – Mr. X family.
He also founded White Water Limited and RMD Foundation, with the former being a Nigerian PR outfit that deals with public relations consultancy and the latter being a platform for mentoring people identified for greatness. This stemmed out of his love for charity.
Mofe Damijo is a well-known actor and has starred in more than sixty movies, with some of them being the ones he produced or directed. Below are some notable movies which he has starred in:
Richard Mofe Damijo is active on social media. You can connect with him via his official handles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
One of Nigeria's most popular and skilled comics, the Nigerian comedian is making waves in the business. With his comedic sketches, he has been able to establish a niche for himself in the entertainment business. He earned a degree in law from Obafemi Awolowo University in 2015, spent a year in law school, and was admitted to the bar in 2016. With the help of comedians like Gbenga Adeyinka, Ali Baba, Basketmouth, Tee A, Omo Baba, Okey Bakasi, Klint da Drunk, AY, Julius Agwu, Bovi, and others, Mc Lively has thus far been able to pursue his love.
Mc Lively's background as a lawyer helped him become a dynamic comedian. As a child, he liked to watch Night of a Thousand Laughs albums. He is well-known. He is renowned for using humour to discuss the problems in Nigeria. He gained notoriety as a result of the Agidi film, which highlighted the nation's fuel shortage. When his reverend father delivered a sermon at church, he had the inspiration. Along with his brother, he recorded the script and carried out the shooting. His obstinacy gave rise to the name Agidi. When he first began his career in humor as a stand-up comedian, Mc Lively experienced his fair share of disappointment. His endeavor to become a stand-up comic was a complete disaster. The failure was so severe that he even told a joke in front of the crowd, and not even his girlfriend laughed. Mc Lively said he was unable to sleep that night, but in reality, this occurred four times in the higher institution.
This setback helped him realize his talent for comic acting. Prior to getting into comedy in 2015, he began as an MC in 2013. His buddies are not shocked that he become a comic because he demonstrated his comedic tendencies while he was in the higher institution. Mc Lively is a budding Instagram star already. He has received numerous honors for his comedic video in the entertainment sector. At the City People music awards, he was named the Comedy Act of the Year.
MC Lively is an actor as well as a comedian. He has appeared in many films and received numerous honors. Here is a list of the movies:
In the Black Panther Epic, King T'Challa brought to life, memories of resilience and strength.
Seeing Black Panther again and following his words to N'Jadaka, "I Never Yielded, and as you can see, I am not dead", it will be fair to say that Boseman is really not dead because he lives in the hearts of many. Shakespeare was probably right to say that "life is a stage". For Boseman, it was two stages - his original life and his life in the movies.
Chadwick Boseman was born on the 29th November 1977. He was raised in Anderson, South Carolina, to his African American parents, Leroy and Carolyn Boseman. Boseman’s interviews reveal varying conversations that he is from the lineage of the Krio people from Sierra Leone and in some accounts, a descendant of the Yorubas in Nigeria. He had a nurse mom and a dad that worked at a textile factory, and also looked after an upholstery business.
Chadwick Boseman finished from T.L Hanna High School about 25 years ago, in 1995 specifically, had his first play written while he was in his junior year. The play was titled Crossroads. And was staged at his school after a classmate of his was murdered in cold blood.
He later attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and directing in 2000.
Boseman had his first television role in an episode of ‘Third Watch’ in 2003. He then featured in ‘Law and Order’, ‘ER’ and ‘CSI’ before getting his breakout role as Jackie Robinson in ’42’. It was his act in ’42’ that led directly to his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, the fictional leader of Wakanda — a character that first appeared in the ‘Captain America: Civil War. He also went on to cast as Reggie Montgomery, in daytime soap opera, All My Children. He however revealed that he got fired after he raised an eyebrow and questioned the use of racist stereotypes in the script. The role was recast and co-star, Michael B. Jordan assumed the role.
His script for Deep Azure was staged in Chicago at the Congo Square Theatre Company. It got nominated for New Work in 2006, at Joseph Jefferson Award.
Boseman played a recurring role on a television series, Lincoln Heights in 2008, and he was featured in The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. In 2010 he was landed regular roles in Person Unknown.
While he was directing an off-Broadway play in East Village, He auditioned for a film where he got his debut starring role, ’42’, a 2013 movie where he played the role of a baseball pioneer and star Jackie Robinson.
In multiple reviews, Chadwick Boseman is regarded as the Brave ‘Black Panther’ Who Starred In about nine Movies While Hiding his Cancer Battle
Over the last four years, even as he was on surgeries and chemotherapies, Boseman took up several roles across blockbuster films. The year after his diagnosis, he filmed and appeared in ‘Gods of Egypt’ (2016), ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (2016), and ‘Message From The King’ (2016). Chadwick then took the role of ‘Thurgood Marshall’, the first black Supreme Court Justice, in 2017’s ‘Marshall’ before the famed ‘Black Panther’ (2018). He also played the same role in other Marvel films such as ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019). He starred in Spike Lee’s 2020 film ‘Da 5 Bloods’ as ‘Stormin’ and August Wilson’s upcoming ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’. In 2019, Boseman had noted that the film changed what it meant to be “young, gifted and black.”
For his biggest role in ‘Black Panther’ and its many fight scenes, Boseman was said to have trained rigorously to get in shape and learned Angolan capoeira, Dambe boxing, Zulu stick fighting, karate, kung-fu and jiu-jitsu. According to his family, many of Boseman’s movies got filmed amid his “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” even as his cancer diagnosis was not publicly known.
Before the advent of ‘Black Panther’, Marvel’s 2018 superhero film, which had
starred the now regrettably deceased Chadwick Boseman as its lead character,
many argued the prejudices among US filmmakers regarding the diversity
of their movie casts and the descriptions for roles often accorded people of
African descent. But,
with Boseman having adorned himself in that daredevil costume that later saw
him change the narrative for the directorial choices pertaining to movie roles
by African-Americans as well as the cinematic response to such films, a
new found movement that would almost guarantee the success of subsequent movies
of this sort was initiated, with many unique African stories waiting to be
Black Panther would later go-ahead to change history — becoming a huge step forward for African cinema, grossing over $1.3 billion worldwide, and breaking numerous box office records including the highest-grossing film by a black director and ranking among the ten highest-grossing films of all time.
While Boseman was fighting villains on-screen, many never knew was that the man behind the black mask was also waging a very real battle in his personal life and edging closer to his death, having been diagnosed with stage three colon cancer back in 2016. Boseman had not publicly spoken about his illness before his death. In April, fans had expressed concerns over the Marvel star’s health after he was pictured with drastic weight loss. The film star, who appeared visibly thin and sporting a beard, however, did not engage fans with questions.
Being a firm believer in social justice, the actor had severally spoken against racism, having lived in Brooklyn as a black man at the start of his career. Boseman worked as the drama instructor in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York. In 2008, he moved to Los Angeles to finally pursue an acting career.
After news of his death broke, Howard University tweeted a tribute, where Wayne Fredrick, the school’s president said, “It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of alumnus Chadwick Boseman who passed away this evening. His incredible talent will forever be immortalized through his characters and through his own personal journey from student to superhero! Rest in Power!”
Even the institution will hardly forget the deceased star’s moving speech, which was made after he returned in 2018 to his alma mater on an invitation to deliver the main address at the school’s historic 150th commencement ceremony. There, he praised student protesters who had taken a stand a month earlier, and he charged graduates to find purpose in their lives and not simply a job.
“When you are deciding on next steps, next jobs, next careers, further education, you should rather find purpose than a job or a career. Purpose crosses disciplines. The purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history,” he said while addressing the graduates.
“Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalization. The fact that you have struggled with this university you love is a sign that you can use your education to improve the world you’re entering.”
He had also initially started studying acting so as to learn how to interact with actors. Upon his return to the U.S., he had a program concluded from the New York City’s Digital Film Academy.
In 2008, he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting dream. While kicking off his career, Boseman initially lived in Brooklyn and also worked in the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program, as a drama instructor, which is housed at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.
Boseman grew as a Christian. He was baptized and was also part of a youth group and church choir. Reports have it that Boseman didn’t deviate from his faith. One of his former pastors attested that he indeed was firm with his faith. Boseman had initially stated that he carve to star Black Panther before being cast as Marvel Cinematic Universe character. Foodwise, the actor was a vegetarian.
In 2018, he was Black Panther headliner. A movie that focused on his character and home country of Wakanda in Africa. The movie became one came top in the leading grossing movies in United States that year.
He repeated the role in 2018 and 2019 films, Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War. The two movies came top in highest-grossing films within that year when they got released. Endgame became the highest-grossing film of all time.
Boseman also starred in 21 Bridges in 2019. 21 Bridges is an American action thriller film which was directed by Brian Kirk. He was announced to cast Da 5 Bloods in 2019. The Netflix war drama was directed by Spike Lee, and was released on June 12 2020.
Chadwick Boseman got married Taylor Simone Ledward. They dated for four years, got engaged in October 2019 and secretly tied the knot before his passing.
The brave actor was diagnosed in 2016, with a stage III colon cancer. By 2020, it had progressed into stage IV. And even during his treatments – multiple chemotherapy and surgeries – he still went on to work and complete filming for multiple films. The films he concluded include Da 5 Bloods, Marshall, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, among several others.
However, in the height of it all, Boseman lost the battle to the dreaded disease. He died at 43, with his wife beside him, and his family members around him. He died of complications connected to colon cancer on August 28, 2020.
A sequel of the Black Panther movie is projected to be released in 2022.