Lekan Oladapo a.k.a. Giorgio Lekinson, a foundation member of the Yoruba genre of Nigerian home videos on Wednesday, January 26, 2012 was announced to have had his last breath due to cancer of the lung ailment he battled with for years before he eventually lost out. Interestingly, Lekinson’s disappearance from the movie scene before he died early last year remains the reason some movie buffs still find it hard to believe that he’s dead!
It would be recall that Lekinson, who would forever be remembered for his slangs and good interpretation of the role of a fraudster in most Yoruba films, battled with drug related problems and when family and friends thought Giorgio Lekinson had cheated death, the gifted actor passed on.But all might not be true again as barely a year after the demise of the handsome actor, amazingly, his first son, Babatunde Oladipo, stepped into his father’s shoes and has picked up the trade where his father left it.
Though, before the death of his dad, Armani Arante as the Yabatech’s graduate of Business Administration is popularly called, was involved with his dad’s stuff and others, this time, he’s set to bring his late dad back to live again with his dad’s unfinished project, ‘Irosun Meji.’ Apart from picking roles in popular films like ‘Omolabake’, ‘Oko Obinrin’, ‘Figurine’ among few others, Armani Arante is getting set to hit location for his personal film project that may come after premiering Irosun Meji, Lekinson’s last movie film which he never lived to release.
Recalling how he gets into acting, “Apart from the fact that I picked after my father, to be a successful actor has been my childhood ambition but my father do tell me to finish my education before going to acting.
My passion for acting grew when I started following him to movie locations. While in higher institution, I opted for Business Administration because of my love for banking job but life later played me its card as I’m back to my first love which is acting,” Armani said. It’s no doubt that my father was a ladies’ man but it may shock you that my mother remained his only wife whom they had two kids together, I and my younger brother, Abiodun,” he said.