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To succeed, you’ve got to have ironclad determination—Actor Ninawolo

* Says if you want something in life, you have to also want the cost of getting it!

Nollywood hunk and A-list actor, Ninawolo Bolanle has a piece of advice for individuals seeking to actualize any life dream: you’ve got to work hard and, with it, possess an ironclad determination to succeed, no matter the cost or challenges.

The renowned actor, who spoke to his fans via his Instagram handle @iamnino_b, warned that there was never any alternative to hard work, reiterating that nothing good came easy or cheap.

“If you want something in life, you have to also want the costs of getting it,” he philosophized. “You have to be willing to put in the effort and go all the way! Otherwise, there’s no point in dreaming.

“This can mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion.

“It can mean not eating what you want, or sleeping in, for weeks on end.

“It can mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a case of the chills.

“It can mean sacrificing certain relationships and daring yourself to make new ones.

“It can also mean accepting ridicule from people; it can mean spending time in solitude.

“Solitude, though, is a gift that makes great things possible – it gives you the space you need.

“Everything else is a test of your determination, of how much you want it.

“If you really want it, you’ll do it, despite discomfort and rejection and the odds.”

Ninawolo, an A-rated actor, an influencer, brand ambassador and one of those extremely handsome guys referred to on social media as ‘Yoruba Demons’, became popular after starring in movies like ‘Road to Yesterday’ and ‘What’s Within’.

Indeed, one of the most talented actors in Nollywood, Ninawolo has a number of awards to show for his exertions, including the Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) in the City People Movie Award.

Popularly called Nino, Ninawolo, a skillful actor who returned from the United States in 2010 to fulfill his life-long dream of becoming an actor, began his career in Nollywood as a producer.

But, in 2014, through the help of his cousin Rukky Sanda, Nino came into full acting.

Delectable Rukky gave her handsome cousin a role in her movie and that became the break Nino needed to blossom because he played his role so very well that Nollywood instantly took note: a prodigious kid was on the starting block! That role, needless to say, helped shoot the actor to limelight and gave him the opportunity to star in a good number of hit Nollywood movies and series.

Among the hit movies that Nino has starred in are: What’s Within, Ordinary People, Road to Yesterday, Spotlight, Desperate Baby Mama, Picture Perfect, The Devil and the Red Sea, 30 Years a Virgin, Last Affair, among others.

And the awards have followed! They include Best Supporting Actor of the Year (English) in the 2017 City People Movie Award and Best Actor of the Year (English) in the 2018 City People Movie Award, among others.

One of the richest Nollywood actors, Nino, apart from acting, also runs a car dealership company left for him and his siblings by his father.

He is married to Adufe Makanaki with whom he has two children.

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