No doubt, Ralph Niyi Olukomogun is a household name in the Nollywood industry. But his dynamism in what he does stands him out from the crowd of colleagues and peers.
For Ralph Niyi, popularly known as Dr. Olanrewaju Adun or Daddy Junior in the family series showing on Multichoice Cable Network, Africa Magic, Awon Aladun De, his role and the interpretation makes it a sought after Family series, that millions of Nigerians stay glued to their Television on a daily basis by 6:30pm on Africa Magic Yoruba to catch a glimpse of their favourite actor and his family in the series.
A proud alumnus of the Better by Far institution, University of Ilorin, Ralph’s uniqueness made Awon Aladun De series to be rated as the best family series on Africa Magic two years running.
News Hub Mag! recalls that he also featured in Funke Akindele-Bello’s television series, Jenifa Diary, where he acted as Kiki’s Father.
But the Okun born actor from Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State gives kudos to the Executive Producer of Awon Aladun De family series, Adeleye Fabusoro, who is also the producer of Borokini and Aajirebi on Africa Magic, for having confidence in him and finds solace in bringing up and grooming raw talents in person of Junior, Jumoke (his children in the series) and Segbowe.
Recalling how he got a call up to the set of Awon Aladun De, the multilingual actor told News Hub Mag! that he was contracted to replace a senior colleague, Ropo Ewenla on set, and luckily for him the film went viral and got acceptability, and has become the most rated family series in Nigeria.
Season Five and Six of the family series has been done and aired with season Seven set to hit the screen.
Ralph Niyi’ sojourn into the Nollywood industry started decades ago, then with English part of Nollywood, but was challenged to go further and do something different.
“I got my first shot into the Yoruba Movie Industry, where I played a major role and the lead cast in Mulika Nka Ko with veterans like Baba Wande, Fali Werepe, late Aisha Abimbola, Yemi Solade and the rest.
“Opeyemi Aiyeola also gave me a lead role in her movies like; Aiye Gbege, Ase Sile Labo Aba, Arole Aare where I acted as her husband. This was my Genesis.”
The Hausa, Yoruba and English-speaking actor says that versatility, capability and dynamism as a director, script writer and an actor is one unique thing about him, and most importantly, the God factor has seen him become a force to reckon with in the industry.
The father of three beautiful children says he hasn’t done anything out of his own volition, but God’s knowledge and mercies have seen him this far.
On Nollywood, Ralph Niyi is of the opinion that the Nollywood industry isn’t doing any badly, as it is presently rated third movie Industry in the world behind Bollywood and Hollywood.
“Nollywood has created what no one can shove aside in Nigeria and the world at large, and it is also contributing to the nation’s economy directly or indirectly”, he told News Hub Mag!
Ralph Niyi’s philosophy of life is, “let your Yes be Yes and your No be No, no matter whose ox is gored.”
In his words, “I have my name and integrity to protect at all times, so hold that in high esteem and am a down to earth person.”
He however sees the industry soaring higher in the next five years, with his best yet to come, but will keep getting better and better as the years go by.