Adewale Alebiosu, a popular Babalawo or Ifa priest character in Yoruba films, has warned actors against playing such roles in films.

He admitted that reciting certain incantations in movies had a negative impact on him in real life.

Alebiosu told BBB Yoruba that he was just doing his job as an actor and had no idea the incantations he was reciting would come back to haunt him in real life.

According to the film star, many actors are unaware that incantations contain hidden powers.

Alebiosu also discussed how role stereotyping led viewers to believe he was interested in spiritism and voodoo outside of acting.

He said:

"People frequently mistake me for a native doctor. This is not true. I'm not a native doctor, and neither is my father. When I first started acting, which I learned from Taiwo Balogun, I loved incantations," the actor said.

"After I left him, I met with Fatai Adetayo Oodua, one of my bosses. That's when I began using incantations. Filmmakers were the ones who got people wondering why I was only getting native doctor roles.

"Acting shaped people's perceptions of me as a bad guy. I'm not really that dangerous. "Both of my parents are Muslims."

Alebiosu described how he became a Christian after falling into a trance while drumming for a church service.

He said:

"I was born a Muslim until a church held a harvest service and they didn't have a drummer," 

"The congregation identified me as someone who enjoys both theatre and drumming. They began to sing, and I began to drum, but my head began to swell. I had no idea when I fell to the ground and began to sprawl.

"When I came out of the trance, people told me what had happened. That is how I became a God's minister. I don't do anything other than the incantations you see in movies. Even my elders understand that I'm just acting.

"If I get to the church, I do church activities as well. There are times when we as actors utter incantations without knowing that there are hidden meanings & powers behind those words."

"I had no idea there was so much more to the incantations I was delivering," Alebiosu said. I assumed I was just saying my lines, not realizing there would be consequences. When I returned home after the act, I would dream of strange beings, some of which would transform into goats and bite me."

Alebiosu cautioned the next generation who aspires to play the role of a Babalawo to be cautious and prayerful. According to him, the role necessitates a number of protections.

"I'm saying this to warn them so they don't live in regret or fail miserably," he explained.

"Actors who want to play traditional priests and native doctors should pray a lot. "When I'm called to set, the filmmakers notice that I arrived on a bike or in a taxi," he added.

"They start asking if I have no car of my own. They are surprised when I tell them I don't. They are sympathetic to my situation. But the words I hear from them hurt me. Those I trained have become prosperous. If I have offended God, he must forgive me."

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