‘I’ve never received any significant award’ – Deyemi Okanlawon

Nigerian actor Deyemi Okanlawon, a prominent figure in Nollywood, has revealed that, despite his extensive experience in the film industry, he has yet to be bestowed with any major awards.

Despite this lack of recognition from award organizers in the country, Deyemi remains steadfast and motivated, asserting that he finds solace in self-encouragement.

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The talented actor acknowledges that if he were to receive an award, he would be appreciative, but he adamantly refuses to allow the validation of awards to shape his identity as an actor.

Speaking in a recent interview with Hip TV, Deyemi Okanlawon said: “I have never won any of the serious awards in Nigeria. I have been around [in the entertainment industry] for long enough that if I were the type of person to feel a certain way, I would have been like, ‘Why had I not been awarded this or that?’

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“The truth is, I can look into my mirror and congratulate myself. I have done this all my life. And if recognition or validation comes from somewhere else, I will take it graciously. In fact, I had to learn to take compliments instead of deflecting them. Validation shouldn’t define you. If anything, my presence should validate an award, not the other way round.”

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