POPULAR actor and producer, Omogoriola Hassan is the estranged husband of star actress, Ayo Adesanya. The Lagos born entertainer has opened up like never before to ENCOMIUM Weekly on issues revolving around his past relationship and career when we met him in Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, August 29, 2013. He also added, “I am now a new born baby.”
Thank you my brother, God bless you.
How would you describe the event?
It was fantastic. It was a wonderful moment for me and all the people that honoured me that day.
How does it feel now clocking 45 because we learnt you celebrated 45?
Ha! Nothing like that.
Okay, how old are you now?
I am not up to 45, I am just a year older.
What is the significant of the age you celebrated whether or not you want to disclose it?
It’s just like an appreciation to God. Now, I have a lot of people that manage me. It’s not about me alone. Many people including my manager, Adams are really supporting me. They all said I just have to celebrate my birthday this time around. This is actually the first time I will be doing that. These my good people are the ones that put everything together. It’s like a surprise package for me, which I really appreciate. I was overwhelmed with joy, seeing a lot of people around me that day. Those that I didn’t even think could make it to the event attended and they really enjoyed themselves. A lot of people from different media houses were also in attendance. In fact, it was a very significant day in my life.
How much did you spend on the party?
I can’t lie to you, I didn’t spend a kobo. Apart from the jewelry, shoes and clothes that I put on, every other thing was donated by my people. It was indeed my manager that spearheaded the whole thing. I was more than happy about how everything went well.
Let’s talk about your experience in the past few years, how would you describe it?
That’s a long story, but I thank God. I am just like a new born baby. I am really enjoying my life now. I won’t lie to you, I am very much better and focused than ever before.
What of your career?
Oh, I am doing really fine. It has been long I have been in the industry, but recently a lot of things have changed. On my own, I am going more international now than local. My kind of production is very different at the moment.
What’s the latest movie from your stable?
School Boy is still very hot, it’s still selling. But the one I am working on right now is a banger. The title is One Million Boys. It’s going to be very hot.
It seems you enjoy playing bad boy roles, why?
That’s not true. I don’t know why people keep mentioning that. It’s just an impression people have about me. I also play other roles. It was only in School Boys where I played that kind of role, and of course, in One Million Boys. Maybe because School Boys was so hot, that’s why everybody keeps thinking I am a movie bad boy. I also interpret that same role in One Million Boys which is yet to come out. It’s also an action packed movie. I have played a lot of other soft roles in other movies, including Ebu Ika, Gbokogboko, Oku Iya Mi, Otelemuye and many others, which didn’t involve carrying a gun.
What would you say has changed in your life generally?
A lot, people say I look sexier and cute now. Everybody has testified that my look has changed completely. I believe everything is about good packaging. I live in the US but I always come back to Nigeria for my business. I am completely repackaged. This is a new Omogoriola Hassan, and I am enjoying it. Now, I don’t go out anyhow again. I feel at home, I am comfortable with my business. No more smelling, I am on check.
Let’s talk about your relationship status now as a single man?
Yes, I am single now.
Are you searching?
Not really. I am not even searching at all.
Does that mean you have found another love?
Not really, but I am not searching. I am only concentrating on my career at the moment. I am not even thinking about marriage at all.
That means there is the likelihood of you going back to your estranged wife?
Who is that?
Okay, my baby mama! Blatant no. I am never. She can’t be my wife again.
But do you still communicate as friends?
Yes, she is my baby mama. And according to a Yoruba adage, any woman that has given you a child is no longer a concubine. So, whoever she marries now will see me as his senior in Ayo Adesanya’s life.
Let’s talk about your new look again, what actually informed it?
When I was married, it was too much of this and that, especially making sure that my wife was okay. But this time around, I am only concentrating on Omogoriola Hassan and my child. That’s why you see me looking fresh and cute.
You’re completely different in look, no doubt about that, but have you also stopped drinking and smoking?
Drinking and smoking? You can’t believe that I have never smoked and I have never drank as well. Up till this moment, I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. I just get the swag. People were just judging me by my look then. I am not a smoker, nor am I a drinker. I am a very quiet guy.
As you are now, we guess you have been receiving a lot of calls from female admirers?
(Laughs) Yes o! A lot. I believe it’s a sign that God wants to open ways for me. But I am just being focused and careful. Right now, I am going international, I am planning to shoot another movie in Paris, France. So, I am working on it, in conjunction with a Hollywood producer. He is around now. I want a situation where we see a Nigerian movie competing with Hollywood movies.
There was a time you’re linked romantically to Fathia Balogun, what is the gospel truth about it?
I have said it before, there is nothing between the two of us. Fathia is my friend and colleague, no strings attached. We only met at Omo Mushin (a movie) location, that’s where we got talking. And she invited me to her birthday in Ikorodu, Lagos. That was January this year, and I attended. We’re not dating, it’s just a useless rumour.
What do you think could have informed that rumour?
Maybe because people saw me at her birthday party. And they know I don’t really go out, I don’t mingle. People are just insinuating. How can I be dating Iya Khalid? And besides, Saidi Balogun and myself are very close and good friends. I can’t be involved in such a dirty thing.
Another key issue, we learnt your estranged wife, Ayo Adesanya has threatened to remove the tattoo on her hand because she doesn’t want to share anything common with you again, how true is it?
(Laughs) I am also aware she said she wants to remove the tattoo on her hand, bearing our logo No Fear. She is free to do that but what about the one on her ass? How is she going to remove that because she has one on her ass, where my name was written boldly, Omogoriola Hassan. So, if she succeeds in removing the one on her hand, what is she going to do about the one on her buttocks? That’s stupid of her. If at all you don’t like someone again, that does not mean you need to go to that extent. But I believe, definitely, she is still thinking about me because if she doesn’t, she wouldn’t have thought about removing the tattoo. Ordinarily to me, what’s a tattoo? Anybody can have it. She alone has two, one on her hand, the other one on her ass. Let’s even agree she removes the two tattoos, will she kill my son, Fareed? Anytime she wakes up and sees Fareed, she has already seen me. She is just being childish.
Don’t you think it maybe because her new man doesn’t like seeing such a thing on her body?
That means the guy doesn’t like her. When I was dating Ayo, a lot of people said so many things about her. I didn’t even care. When you like a woman, you must like everything about her, good or bad. That’s how it should be. I don’t think what she said made any sense at all.
Is it true you’re the one who did the tattoos for her?
Yes, I spent $5,000 for her tattoos alone. They were done on Wilton Street, Chicago, United States of America.
When exactly was that?
That was about eight years ago.
Did she actually demand for tattoos?
Yes, she was crying like a baby, begging me, ‘Please, I need your tattoo on my hand and ass.” I now said, no problem and I obliged. I am even sure she can’t remove the tattoos, she is only joking.
I said she can’t remove them, she also knows. She is only joking.
What would you now say is the lesson you have learnt from your past relationship?
Not to trust anybody, but just yourself because nobody is going to be like you. The person you trust may eventually disappoint you. Then I was the greatest fool but today I am the wisest and happiest. Marrying Ayo then was like boarding a ‘one chance’ vehicle. It was like I could never come across a woman I can love like that, not knowing I was just being foolish. If not that she had a baby for me, I should have revealed a lot of things about her. I am sure, if I say all those things…but I won’t do that because I am a man. Let me just keep them to myself alone in the interest of our only son. But I was agitated when I read that she wants to remove my tattoos in China and all that. That’s childish of her.
– TADE ASIFAT
This story was first published in ENCOMIUM Weekly on Tuesday,August 27, 2013