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“Portable inspired my role in A Tribe Called Judah” – Tobi ‘Shina’ Makinde

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  • In Nigeria’s “A Tribe Called Judah,” Tobi Makinde, who portrays Shina, talks about the difficulties of the part and how his hairstyle affected his performance.

Tobi Makinde talked about his experience filming “A Tribe Called Judah,” which was the most profitable movie in Nigeria.

A Tribe Called Judah is a well-known film in which Tobi Makinde plays Shina. Since he had never played the role in a movie, he claimed it was difficult.

Tobi claimed that in order to portray a mafia, he had to prepare for the part. Upon receiving the role, he immediately thought of the controversial singer Portable, Habeeb Okikiola.

In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, he revealed that in order to play Shina, he had to be inspired by the contentious “Zazoo Zehh” crooner. He also talked about how his hairstyle changed how certain people saw him.

“The character Shina stretched me creatively in the sense that I had to enter another realm, a realm that I had never been to before. Actors draw inspiration from so many things. Some draw from past experiences, and some draw from the experiences of other people”

“For me, I had to pick a reference and it was Singer Portable because when I saw the character that was being created, I felt that he was the best reference to use to interpret the role. I had to do to follow Portable on social media to watch his videos. He makes me laugh and I learned a lot from watching him do his thing. I also had to pull a lot of street language to bring the character to life.”

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