Veteran actor Chief Kanran battles poverty after 50 years on stage
Segun Aderemi, otherwise known as ‘Chief Kanran’ is known to play the role of a wealthy man in movies while in real life he is far from being rich.
For him, acting, first and foremost, is a culture. His face is synonymous with periodic drama settings in both English Language and Yoruba. Also, he is not scarce in theatre productions, television and of late home video. That is one achievement that cannot be divorced from his background of combined academic and travelling theatre training.
Through a group he co-founded with Ananse Playhouse, his brother, Yemi Remi, Albert Ogunlade, and Bassey Effiong, they produced such works as Kongi Harvest, Kiriji War, Lamgbodo and the legendary Ovonramwen N’gbaisi.
Chief Kanran was the toast of drama lovers at a time, mostly playing a rich man with a physique that suits such character, you’d never believe he’s still not one to be called rich yet after about decades of entertaining the world through his craft.
He was quoted to have said:
The journey to stardom has been rough but we thank God for the past 50 years. All through my 50 years as an actor, I have never regretted my choice of career. However, it makes me sad when I travel and see our contemporaries abroad.
He would later register his displeasure:
An actor of my caliber should be a billionaire by now but such is not the case in Nigeria. Our government does not appreciate our profession. The only time we are useful to them is during political campaigns or when they want to publicise themselves and that is not right.
He remains in the forefront of the campaign for the return of stage plays and also seeks government participation in the industry to make acting and allied talents more lucrative. But he has even confessed he’s not a rich man and that he’s far from where he ought to be in net worth.
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