Lateef Adedimeji, a Nigerian Nollywood actor and Islamic preacher, revealed in an interview that he had to reject money rituals, smoke Indian hemp, and wait for 15 years before becoming famous.
Lateef Adedimeji stated this during his recent NTA Channel 10 Ramadan Lecture on the topic of “Youth Empowerment.” The actor, 36, advised young people not to abandon God in their pursuit of success.
The actor, who spoke in Yoruba, stated that youths who settle for money rituals would suffer if there was no remedy.
Adedimeji said, “So many able-bodied youths like me now opt for money ritual. What is money ritual? Only a fool won’t work and will want to become rich. Some so-called fathers somewhere tell you to mix this and that to get money. You will suffer if you do and there won’t be anyone to deliver you.”
“I would have indulged in some unprintable things if not for my understanding. I did not get this fame that I have today until after 15 years in my industry.
“In those days, I had people that we were struggling together that God lifted before me. If my understanding was shallow, I would have approached them and asked them to show me the way, to take me to the catapult that elevated them but I didn’t do that. Instead, I went back to my Islamic mentor to complain that my prayers had not been answered. However, he told me that doors would open at the right time.”
Adedimeji went on to explain that after only 10 days on set, he was paid N1,000 for the main role in a Nollywood film in Kwara State, but that everything has changed now, and he is being paid in millions because he stood with God. “I remembered the day they want to teach me how to smoke Indian hemp and I was told that my brain will become very light after taking the substance and will be able to assimilate movie lines better but I refused”
The celebrity said he ignored critics who told him not to post Islamic verses on his social media accounts, and that he has since received numerous brand endorsements. “For every youth like me, stick to Allah and you will achieve whatever you want to achieve in life,”