Yemi Blaq (born 19th May 1978; Age: 45 years old) is a Nigerian actor, filmmaker, songwriter, and model. He is happily married to his wife, Remi Ibinola Olatunji Blaq, and their union is blessed with a son.
Yemi Blaq is one of the many gifted and accomplished actors and actresses that make up the Nigerian movie industry. Even though he may not be as old as the likes of Olu Jacobs and Pete Edochie in Nollywood, Yemi Blaq has, since 2008, remained consistent and relevant to the growth of the industry.
Yemi Blaq Hails From Ondo State
Born on 19th May 1978, Yemi is a native of Ondo State in the southwestern part of Nigeria. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Olatunji Blaq. Not much is known about Yemi Blaq’s family background, but he reportedly grew up alongside four artistically inclined siblings.
Yemi received his primary education in Lagos State, where he was the school’s first Head Boy. His family later moved to Ondo State, and there, he completed his secondary education at Adeyemi Demonstration Secondary school and obtained his West African Examination Certificate. After that, he proceeded to the University of Lagos, where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts.
Yemi Blaq Started Acting as a Child
Yemi Blaq started showing interest in acting from a young age, precisely in his primary school days. Developing his acting skills, he participated in school stage plays, one of which was when he acted as the judge in the play, Incorruptible Judge.
Even as a child, his acting skills were quite obvious, and his teacher was very impressed, gave him a lot of encouragement and support, and further told his mother that Blaq was a born actor and must not miss the track. Meanwhile, Yemi once disclosed that his greatest passion is writing songs and that music was his first interest in the entertainment industry, even though he was not able to make good success in it.
Regardless, the actor has a couple of songs to his credit and is working with Mavin producer John Drille. Some of his songs include Brake Dey Sharp, It Is Possible, and others.
He Had His First Professional Movie Role in 2005
After primary school, Yemi did not act again until 2005, after he graduated from the university and eventually made it to the Nollywood industry. He had registered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lagos chapter, with the aim of becoming an actor. Then, he started going for movie auditions and was getting minor and supporting roles.
Yemi Blaq, however, rose to fame after featuring in the Nollywood blockbuster movie, Lost of Lust alongside Mercy Johnson. Taking advantage of his big break into the limelight, Yemi got more prominent roles and today has appeared in more than 200 Nollywood movies.
Alongside Nollywood legend Genevieve Nnaji, Yemi acted as the lead character in the movie My Idol, which won him an award at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Two of his recent movies are Cultural Clash and Shadow Parties, released in 2018.
Cultural Clash tells the story of a typical Nigerian home with core traditional values who moved from their Roswell Mansion to the ghetto to survive hard times. In an interesting turn of events, they discovered that money and riches are the least of their problems. On the other hand, Shadow Parties tells the story of love and intermarriage.
The movie generally revolves around political struggles that would later convert into trading in arms and ammunition, leading to the loss of innocent lives. Yemi Blaq is well known for his good acting prowess, which has made him stand out as one of the most sought-after actors in the Nigerian film industry. Also, he has a unique ability to interpret any role and make it look real.
List of His Movies and TV Shows
- Total Control
- Growing Up
- The Distance Between
- Without Goodbye
- Corporate Operations
- Sinking Sands
- Spirit of Assasin
- Cultural Clash
- A Place in the Stars
- The Last 3 Digits
- 12 Noon
- 11 Days 11 Nights
- Grey Focus
- My Idol
- Lost of Lust
- Desperate Ambition
- High Blood Pressure
- Shadow Parties
- Letters to a Stranger
- Good Samaritan
During his career, Yemi Blaq has won for himself a couple of notable awards. They include:
- Most Promising Actor in Nigeria at the Africa Movie Academy Awards
- Best Actor in a Leading Role at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards
- Best Actor of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards
More significantly, with the versatility he has gained in the entertainment world, Yemi Blaq landed a mouthwatering endorsement deal of N40 million with Gulder in 2015.
Yemi Blaq is Married and Blessed with 1 Child
In addition to being a well-accomplished and successful actor and movie producer, Yemi Blaq has a successful marriage with his wife, Remi Ibinola. Remi is a talented storyteller and writer and has written many stories for Nollywood movies, some of which her husband acted in. According to Yemi, his wife is the best writer in Nollywood. Yemi Blaq’s wife is also a blogger, and her blog is called [email protected].
Yemi Blaq and his wife met in Nollywood on the set of the movie, Growing Up. Though we do not know exactly the year their paths crossed, one thing led to another; they became lovers and eventually got married in 2008, making it their 15 years in marriage. Their union is blessed with one child, a son named Kanyinsola Olatunji. Kay, as he is simply called, was born on 5th October 2007, and he is currently 16 years old.
In Yemi’s words, “One of the happiest days of my life was when my son came to this world. It was a beautiful experience, and I actually cried when he was delivered, and I was asked to carry him.” Though he does not share details about his son’s personal life, we guess the teenage boy would still be receiving his secondary education.
The actor does not bring much information about his family life into the news, but from what is obvious, he is living happily with his wife and son.