Rotimi Akinosho – the son of Nigerian immigrants doesn’t just strive to survive in ‘Power’, American TV series, the actor also strives to survive in real life.
Indecisive was never in Rotimi’s dictionary. Right from the womb, what Rotimi will do in husband lifetime had already been defined. Aside from being an actor, Rotimi who was raised in Jersey explores other aspects of the entertainment industry like singing.
In a phone interview, the 29-year-old said “My mom always knew that I was going to be a musician or an entertainer because she always would say that Bob Marley had come to her in a dream when she was pregnant with me and said, ‘Your son is going to fulfill my legacy.’”
Prior to what Rotimi is today, at age 5, he was a performing artiste already as he debuted his stage performance during a wedding ceremony. He also recorded and toured the states.
It may be surprising to learn that Rotimi started his acting career out of a bid to make money, not passion. The American star auditioned for ‘Boss’, the Starz show starring Kelsey Grammar of “Frasier” and “Cheers” fame as Chicago’s crooked Mayor Thomas Kane. ‘Boss’, which ran for two seasons in 2011 and 2012, arguably paved the way for “Power,” Starz’s cash cow. He was not even hoping to gain a career from it at the time.
“I just saw that it was an opportunity to get some quick money. It wasn’t like a plan to be an actor. It wasn’t like my dream or anything,” Rotimi says. “I had just graduated. I wanted to just put something in my pocket.”
In reality, Rotimi exercises his musical chops, working with Clifford ‘T.I./Tip’ Harris, who joined ‘Boss’s’ second season as Darius’ cousin Trey Rogers — a gang leader with political ambition — and 50 Cent — who helped bring “Power” to Starz — has inspired him to go harder.
“They’re the modern-day Renaissance men, and they do it all and they’ve been able to capitalize financially on all of their talents and been very smart about it,” he says of T.I. and 50 Cent. “So they taught me a lot about how to be a businessman and how to just think outside the box and capitalize on everything.”
Apparently, for Rotimi, there is no stopping him and he wouldn’t stop at where he is at the moment. The actor is currently working on a project, Jeep Music, which he describes as “a true story of the heartbreaking times in his relationship.
Outside of “Power,” he has also taken on acting gigs in the long-running series, “Law & Order: SVU,” and in such films as Burning Sands and Acts of Violence with Trevor Jackson and Bruce Willis, respectively. He’s also producing some projects in which he also stars.
Recently, he filmed the romantic movie Singleholic, starring himself, Erica Ash and Stephen Bishop in the African Island nation of Mauritius. He’s also excited about the series “A Luv Tale,” which he describes as “a dope story of these four lesbians [that’s] kind of a mix between ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Girlfriends.’ ”
Watch Rotimi’s Baecation (Official Music Video) below.
The article first appeared in RollingOut