Veteran actor, Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as Ogogo, is unarguably one of the most respected Yoruba actors in the country.
The actor, who recently turned 60, had hosted a series of events to celebrate his landmark and many of his colleagues turned up for a star-studded party in Lagos State.
The thespian, who once trained as an automobile mechanic before becoming an actor, told Sunday Scoop that the lavish birthday ceremony was just a token of his appreciation to God for the gift of life and sound health. He said, “I just want to thank God for bringing me into this world. Being 60 is a thing of joy for me. For example, my Kehinde (twin) is no more. My mother had four sets of twins. I’m the last set of twins and the only surviving one.
“My birthday celebration was not for me. It was to celebrate on behalf of my parents. My late parents would have been happy that God kept me alive. I lost my mother 19 years ago and my father, 49 years ago.
“I’m grateful for all my endeavours, my family. 60 years is not a joke. When God loves one it’s not because one is better; it’s just grace.
“When one attains a certain age, one needs to move closer to Allah. After all of life’s struggles, it’s only blessings that should follow.
“I met a lot of people in the movie industry but we are all doing fine now”.
The actor also said his birthday was an opportunity to give back to society starting from his primary school in Ilaro, Ogun State, adding that he visited a clinic in Ebute Meta (Lagos) to support some patients’ who were in need of financial assistance.
“We started my 60th birthday from my hometown. I attended Christ Church School in Ilaro. I asked the authorities of the school what they wanted and they said they wanted a borehole. We spent over N500,000 on that. I wanted to give them books but it’s only the present generation that would benefit from that. However, water will outlive many generations if maintained properly,” he said.