My tribal marks has given me an edge as an actor – Sanyeri

Comic Yoruba actor, Olaniyi Afonja, popularly known as Sanyeri, has said his tribal marks has given him an edge in the movie industry.

My tribal marks has given me an edge as an actor - Sanyeri lailasnews


He made this known during a chat with Saturday Beats. Sanyeri said even though his tribal marks had put a limit to the kind of roles he plays in movies, it had also helped him to carve a niche for himself. He said;

“I started appreciating my tribal marks when I became an actor. I know that due to my tribal marks, I may not be able to take up some roles, especially lover boy and romantic roles, much less compete with other good-looking actors in the industry.

“But you know God works in mysterious ways. My tribal marks have brought many comic roles my way and that has automatically given me an edge as an actor. And that is why you won’t see me acting romantic roles.

“Even though as a child, people used to make a jest of me and I used to feel bad especially as I’m the only one with tribal marks among my siblings, I was never angry with my parents for giving me these tribal marks. Right now, no one can mock me again because I’m now more comfortable with them and I have made a fortune with them.

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343 Comments

  1. Lol…. He is right sha, he didn’t allow those marks get him down, he made good use of them according to his role, funny man

  2. Well said Mr Sanyeri! I’m happy you appreciate what life gives to you. Even though the tribal mark limits you to some role.

  3. If he believes that tribal mark is what have influence him in the nigerian movies. That is a good one for him

  4. Mr Sanyeri thank God you have seen why he has allowed you to be different from your siblings. For everything God allows to happen its for a reason and now you appreciate it.well done.

  5. Mow, God’s plan will surely come true, only if you believe, who knows maybe if he’s not giving that mark right from birth,he might not be has successful has he is in the industry

  6. Sometimes inconsequential things come as blessing in disguise. Mr Sanyeri, enjoy your moment of breakthroughs.

  7. Yes there is always so that God gave us to help us succeed in life. Thank God you recognized yours

  8. It’s really good that someone should accept himself the way he is
    We are all created uniquely
    Kudos bro

  9. Hmmm nice ,it shows whatever you have is an asset to you, it may not work just as you wanted it to be but God knows how to do is things .

  10. When you are comfortable in your own skin nothing can be said to make you feel bad about yourself. Enjoy your tribal marks we love them like that. It has indeed contributed to your success In the movie industry.

  11. It is inspirational that we should be happy and also thank God for how we are made, because our freedom to success is never known to us, your testimony is educative thanks.

  12. You didn’t give yourself the tribal mark.. Make use of it to the fullest potential.. Nothing is stopping you now..keep going

  13. Please GOD has nothing to do with your tribal marks. It was done out of ignorance by your parents. However GOD’s grace has covered you. Keep soaring bros.

  14. Sometimes we should learn how to appreciate what we have because we don’t know the blessings attached it. Good one ,keep soaring higher

  15. I am happy for you olaniyi….those tribal marks can actually cause frustration at times…but thank God they brought luck and fortunes ur way

  16. That’s good of you, it is very good to be contented with what you have, and by doing this see the edge you have attained.

  17. That is very good for appreciating what this has brought for you. Every disappointment is blessing, give the glory to God and keep flourishing

  18. This story just inspired me now… Exactly one of my problems.. I’ve been feeling intimidated due to tribal marks… Thanks for this short article

  19. That’s the spirit man irrespective of your look once you are comfortable with it you won’t mind what people think or feel about you,thank God for your life

  20. You did well for not looking down on yourself knowing that God works in a mysterious way. And for everything there is a reason. Congratulations Actor.

  21. He is right because he depicts a true Yoruba man
    But people hate and condemn this tribal marks.. see how it is making way for him.

  22. It’s good we appreciate who we truely are and turn our flaws to gains.And also be happy in whatever situation we find ourselves

  23. Asiwaju don’t mind those that makes fun of you then, now they can see that your tribal mark is making money for you. Oju to pawo.

  24. I love his courage …its hard for we the youths of this days to accept most things about and move on with life…we thank God it fetched him good furtune in life..keep winning.

  25. such is life. everything has advantages and disadvantages. what others thought was a disadvantage has brought you fame and fortune.

  26. There is always a reason for everything. He might not even be able to go this far if he doesn’t have the tribal marks on him

  27. Oga it is the tribal mark that made you popular and also you are unique and always appreciate your self because God said you are fearfully made

  28. You’re right man….who knows if you won’t be popular like this if the tribal mark is not there..God is a miracle God

  29. I imagine some things. How I wish I have no tribal mark. But all the same there is a reason for everything.. From here I can see that it has giving this man edge.

  30. Love this actor sanyeri.this your tribal marks as make you gone far in films.love every character you play

  31. Hahahahaha, everything about this actor is funny even his tribal marks are also funny. I wonder why they had to cut him like that.

  32. I’m pround of my tribal mark too…. That’s where self esteem comes to play instead of abusing your body, appreciate it

  33. Sound bold and true of him, God has a way of making a way for his own when it seems not to be working, from his story, every disappointment is a blessing in disguise, your tribal mark can never limit you as long as you know who you are

  34. This is the reason why we have to appreciate ourselves and not to feel bad of ourselves in any condition, in everything there is a reason for it. Thank God for you

  35. All great and mighty thing starts from somewhere and there is a reason for everything…… Your mark may have been giving to you out of ignorance but that mark has also made you a millionaire in the movie industry………

  36. Sanyeri could have decided to allow his tribal marks weigh him down. He could have dealt on the negative but chose to see the positive.

  37. Every disappointment is a blessing. Do not look down on yourself. Just believe you can do all things and it will come to pass.

  38. Lol na so una dey draw una pikin…..dunno if is the mark of identification… sorry for that and other yoruba’s that has it.

  39. Lol. The tribal marks add to his comic roles as it makes him look funny as an individual. It’s great. Never let your flaws demotivate you.

  40. He can do just anything if he believes in himself, taking consideration on his tribal Mark is just an act of limitation.

  41. That’s very true dear… Let them keep wangling their tongues when making your tough. Tribal mark or no tribal mark you still cool after all many persons have it.

  42. God can never make a mistake in his works. God has blessed you with that so enjoy and keep giving God all the thanks

  43. Wow!!I learnt a lesson from this,even when d tribe marks makes him not participate in all d role in move but it give in a unique character.that is to say “what looks like disability there is ability.

  44. Wow. It is always good to learn to accept yourself the way you are and love your imperfections. That’s what makes you unique.

  45. That is true brother, tribal Mark makes you unique and popular. Be proud of your culture by having a tribal mark.

  46. That’s good of him am happy for him because maybe if there is no tribal mark on his chick maybe he will not turn to celebrity today.

  47. Such is life, no one is perfect and there is no way every thing will be complete the way you want it .His tribal mark has limited him in some areas and also favoured him in the other side.
    Let’s learn how to appreciate yourself the way God created you.

  48. If it gives you money, who dares to complain? Good thing you’ve learnt to accept your self the way you’re….

  49. Sanyeri of life, you have truly carved a niche for yourself in Nollywood with you tribal marks and way of acting

  50. I’m happy you appreciate what life gives to you. Even though the tribal mark limits you to some role.

  51. You can’t discriminate, For everything God allows to happen its for a reason and now you appreciate it. well done.

  52. This is what we call loving yourself and making good use of the opportunity you have to make a great life for yourself.

  53. That is good that you are taking advantage of what others will as a mar to boost your acting career. Well done!

  54. There is ability in every disability. Now Mr Sanyeri i unique with his tribal mark… This is testimony will encourage everyone never to be discouraged

  55. This is good news,congratulations to your life,tribal mark is a good thing but now outdated, so I don’t encourage it,this is good news

  56. Ur tribal mark makes you unique. Different and outstanding. People should always cherish who they are and make good use of it

  57. Story!! Which edge. Who loves a defaced face. Oga it’s because there’s nothing u can do abt it. Stop lieing

  58. Well said Mr Sanyeri! I’m happy you appreciate what life gives to you. Even though the tribal mark limits you to some role.

  59. Just like the saying goes..”every disappointment is a blessing in disguise”. The tribal marks came out useful for you in your choice of career.

  60. This is no doubt a true talk, because only God knows what his stand today would’ve been in the film industry WITHOUT HIS MARKS.

  61. You must be very funny anyway you like it who am I to condemn it, your own even little to compare the one am seeing. Happy for you

  62. That is really true. I personally like seeing him movies anytime am chanced to watch any Yoruba film. Thank God for his life and his blessings.

  63. His parent are wicked. Why will they give just only him a tribal mark?
    But nice that he started appreciating his tribal marks when he became an actor. Indeed God works in mysterious ways my great actor Sanyeri.

  64. Although I so much dislike tribal marks, it’s always good for one to appreciate how he or she looks. You have to love yourself and accept the way you are before people can like you. I’m glad you have gotten over it.

  65. Mr Sanyeri thank God you have seen why he has allowed you to be different from your siblings. For everything God allows to happen its for a reason and now you appreciate it.well done.

  66. Sanyeri one of my favourite
    I knew the marks are no longer an impediment to your acting immediately you started abusing yourself
    Funny man

  67. One of the best yoruba actors. You have done well for yourself. Keep it up.. Its good to always have an identity.

  68. Suffering for ones sufferness is always better to bring about great sucess and accomplishment regardless of any challenge.

  69. If he believes that tribal mark is what have influence him in the nigerian movies. thats really amazing..

  70. Tribal marks or not. Your roles come from your personality and that alongside your determination to succeed has made you the star you are today. I enjoy your role interpretations. Keep had shining, sir

  71. That is why the Bible says in everything, give thanks to God, for this is the will of God for us. Instead of him to be angry with his parents for given him birth mark, he is rejoicing because it has worked for his advantage and given him an edge too in the movie industry.

  72. There is actually a purpose for everything and use to though sometimes it could be vague but when it becomes clearer we will appreciate it’s usefulness.

  73. This is an act of believing in yourself and u didn’t allow it to bring you down or looking for a way to remove.

  74. God’s plan will surely come true, only if you believe, who knows maybe if he’s not giving that mark right from birth,he might not be has successful has he is in the industry

  75. You have really made a fortune with your tribal marks. But to be candid, it’s not easy to carve such a nichein the movie industry especially with tribal marks. He is really a good comic actor.

  76. That’s great. God works in a mysterious way. Atimes our weaknesses are what God uses to set us on the path of success.

  77. Everything happens for a purpose. With your tribal mark, you still have life, which is the most important thing now.

  78. Give God the glory , for this is the will of God for us. Instead of him to be angry with his parents for given him birth mark, he is calm.

  79. Thank God for the tribal marks, God give us things we never know the value of it until its started doing what God want it to do

  80. That’s a proof of high self esteem
    Loving and appreciating yourself
    Just the way you are
    More blessings to you

  81. Yes oo
    you are really blessed..
    I really enjoy watching ur movies..
    God bless ur hustle
    Continue to go higher

  82. Yea….his tribal mark and his funny jokes as really made him popular from other actors in the movie industry.

  83. Sanyeri is a very funny actor,i love the way he talks and act.Happy for you that your tribal mark has really made you successful in movie industry

  84. You are right Mr fight lion,,,,bit your parent are so despirate ,,because this mark is much,,,lol,,,may the lord increase u baba,,,m happy for u sir

  85. That’s it now, God has his way of doing things, but people of Oyo State should stop tribal mark, it defaces human dignity

  86. Its a good thing ti have cobfidence on one’s self. Am so proud of him , greater height i pray and more achievement

  87. That’s very good for you and also a lesson to those who fell inferior just know matter you looks or the of tribal mark you got,God can always lift you up.

  88. You are right sanyeri…I really love the way you act expecially when you act with odunlade. I must say your tribal mark look good on you

  89. My brother God really works in mistriouse ways, sometime what wee think will limit us in life ends up becoming a stepping stone for us to get there.

  90. Yesooo…Mr.Sanyeri. people with tribal marks should be treated equally with those without it cos we are one. Thank you for your courage.

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