By ROBERT WALDMAN The Afro News Vancouver
To make it big in show business most contenders venture to the United States – and Los Angeles, in particular. Often the path to stardom, or just eking out a bare existence, can be long and arduous. Finally it looks like the trek is paying off for Adewale Akinnu Oye-Agbaje.
Born in London, Adewale actually was the proud son of two Nigerian parents. Intelligence must have been in the genes for this London raised lad had the ability to earn a Masters in Law from the University of London. Blessed with good looks, somehow this strapping 6’2” hunk was a natural for modeling which took him to Milan, the fashion capital of dare I say the world. After tackling the runway this man headed west to the city of angels, Los Angeles.
Fresh faces are a dime a dozen in Tinseltown yet few boast the linguistic talents of Mr. Akinnu Oye-Agbaje. Able to converse in Swahili, Italian, French and Yoruba flawless English made the transition to the United States a breeze. Starts in television series followed his path along with appearances in Get Rich or Die Tryin and Congo. Now Adewale is tearing up the screens with a major role in the hit G.I.Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Expect a sequel to rehire this heavyweight thanks to the impact both the film and his talents have left audiences with.
Besides the action roles that characterize this middle aged star he also in contemplative with an earnest desire to practice Buddhism. A man of many talents, other credits of Adewale include work on the highly acclaimed Oz television series alongside work on Ace Venture Pet Detective When Nature Calls, The Mummy Returns and The Bourne Identity. Oh, and audiences know this chap with a cute Cockney accent from major exposure on Lost and early appearances on New York Undercover and Red Shoe Diaries, which served as his theatrical debut.
Look for more great things to come from Adewale as time goes by.
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