My colour made my mum fear people would suspect she had an affair with a Lebanese – Adewale Elesho


Popular actor,  Adewale Adeoye, aka Elesho, has recalled the anxiety her mother experienced when he was just born ‘white’.

The albino actor said she feared she would be suspected of having had affairs with some of the Lebanese that patronised her ware.

Elesho told his story in an interview with media personality, Adedoyin Kukoyi.

According to him, his father did not, however, have any problem accepting him as his son.

He said: “I became popular since my birth. The news got everywhere that a white man was born. Some will scold their wards for coming to our house because they had given birth to an albino. Some will even wonder if was Chinese. Many people come to look at me out of curiosity.

“My birth, too, was a little difficult. My late mother said the day I was born was a day of sorrow for her because she was a dark-complexioned trainer who sold breakable plates that were being supplied to her by the Lebanese. So when I was born in a hospital in Ibadan, my mother wept for the suspicion that might arise that she had had something with one of the Lebanese.

“But when my dad came, my mother said he carried me and started jubilating because I look like his grandmother,” he stressed.

Elesho, who has a comedian son, Yemi, partly traced his talent to his father.

He added, “I can say it was from my father’s character that I inherited the ability to talk. My father was an embodiment of happiness. He was always happy. When the chief is greeted at that time: May the chief live long, he would respond: May the natives not get sick too. He always has a reply to everything said to him.

“I am not the first entertainer from Ikirun. It was God that gave me the wisdom to speak the way I do,” he added.


Share this Article