Akin Lewis, a veteran actor and director, was featured in independent journals a week ago as he celebrated 50 years on stage.
Some hours ago, the actor scribbled down notes about his 50-year career in Nollywood and his life issues.
Akin stated that life begins at the age of 50, and that today, 50 years ago, he joined a theatre club run by professor Bode Sowande, a former Don of the University of Ibadan.
He stated that there was a big fight with his late dad who felt Drama wasn’t anything to build a future on. He said his father was an engineer with the Nigerian Railways making good life for himself before he became a Senior Service Executive.
Akin stated that his father said he had chosen a profession for dropouts as far as he could see so due his late father’s statement, he went into the world on his own.
Lewis said he toiled very hard for 6 years on stage, radio and television before breaking through with the Tele-comedy series which ruled the air on Channels 3,4,5,7 and 11 in the early 80s.
He added that he later became a star and his battles started, physically and spiritually. He said he hadn’t seen anything yet and that the bigger he got, the bigger the troubles got.
Akin said as a star today he cuts across the world and he’s grateful to God for that but his battles have been immense.
The thespian affirmed that he had enemies at home, at work, and at play locally and internationally but here he’s alive, vibrant, strong, and still working. He said God has been working and he’s still working in his life.
Akin salutes his colleagues whom he started out together with including those that have died, those that have gone on to other professions, and those who are in and outside the country.
He’s grateful to his teachers that made sure he became the best and also thanks to two of his bosses who are his mentors.
Akin thanked his wife and Kings that stood by him. He affirmed that he has very few friends and numerous enemies who drove him to God and they are still around.
In conclusion, he said, “I thank God Almighty without whom I am nothing. I’m Dr. Akintola Abdul-Razak Akin-Lewis. MA, FTA, TDG and I say Life begins at 50”.
This post triggered reactions online as fans and celebrities sent lovely remarks.