If you follow the humorous television series, The Johnsons, then you must have encountered a character by name ''Spiff''' played out by young, funny and rising star, Samuel Ajibola. I was opportuned to have an interaction with him and narrated his journey into acting so far...This native of Ekiti State is actually a graduate of political science from the prestigious University of Lagos, famously noted for producing lots of showbiz personalities in Nollywood. He did not lay back and rode on being talented enough but he holds a Diploma in Acting from the Centre for Excellence in Film and Media Studies.
Samuel says ''I don't like to say I chose acting, I like to say acting chose me. Every time I remember the circumstances in which I started acting, It's evident that as a kid, I did not wish to be an actor, It just found me''. The power of encouragement surely went a long way in the life of little 6 year old Samuel who played out the famous biblical Samuel in a Church drama...the outcome led him to his first movie casting of Opa Williams for his movie, Tears for Love in 1995 and it has been a jolly good ride and he admits it as the only thing he wants do all the time.
With his level of tenacity, spirit and determination to the best always, I had to ask if he has a way of correcting some ills in the industry if given the opportunity of leadership...Samuel is actually concerned about writing scripts to fit just the young adults, He claims that over 80% of Nollywood films today are about young couples or people within the age of 25 - 35, which gives little or no chance to something substantial getting to others. He says ''I want to see films that have kids or elderly people as the main characters all through''.
Take no offence but Samuel confidently calls himself a perfectionist, overly focused, ambitious and committed to work which all drives his passion for acting as reflected in every character he plays on the screen. This is one individual who continually strives to be the best, never satisfied with the second position and that means distractions do not have their way in his quest for being the first always...He adds ''I like to go where people cannot go, I like to do things people find difficult''.
Samuel Ajibola wants to be known as the Actor who can perfectly interpret characters...as he loves to give different characterization to each character being played and that involves a lot of commitment...does he have time to relax and catch some fun...? Yes..but He is mostly indoors watching some good films and with some food to go with...