Plans have begun fully for the 50th birthday celebrations of popular filmmaker and actor, Saidi Balogun as Osun State governor, Rauf Aregebsola; Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi have been confirmed to grace the event.
The event which begins on May 22 with a visit to accidents unit of the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan is aimed at showcasing the achievement of the actor and contributions to the Nigerian movie industry over the last three decades.
On May 24, there will be an interactive session with inmates at the Oregun Remand Home. This engagement, according to Balogun is meant to feel the pulse of the inmates, encourage them and prepare their minds for the future.
At a press conference for the official unveiling of the activities lined up for the celebrations, Balogun disclosed that a four-day event has been lined up to mark the event. According to him, the event is intended to showcase his achievements and contributions to the Nigerian culture, arts, theatre and movie industry over the last three decades.
According to the actor, a round-table discussion with the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed and actors and actresses in the movie industry that will chart the way forward for the movie industry will hold on May 24.
Speaking on the event and what to expect, Balogun disclosed that preparations have begun to make the day memorable even as he revealed that his decision to mark celebrate his birthday was borne out of his desire to focus more on life of service now that he has clocked 50.
He stated further that “A new Saidi Balogun is about to be unveiled on that day. This event will be different from what anybody has seen before. We have lined up activities that will make the event a special one. We will continue to give out more information as we progress,” he said.