In Nigeria’s “A Tribe Called Judah,” Tobi Makinde, embodying the character Shina, discusses the challenges of his role and how his hairstyle impacted his performance.
Tobi Makinde shared insights into his filming experience for Nigeria’s highly successful movie, “A Tribe Called Judah.”
Portraying Shina in the renowned film “A Tribe Called Judah,” Tobi Makinde mentioned the challenge of tackling a role he had never played in a movie before.
Tobi mentioned having previously portrayed a mobster, requiring him to study the role. When given the part, he drew inspiration from the controversial singer Habeeb Okikiola, widely recognized as Portable.
He told Legit.ng in an exclusive interview that he needed to draw inspiration from the controversial “Zazoo Zehh” crooner to play Shina. He also addressed how his hairdo affected some people’s perception of 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.”