Saheed Balogun, one of the most popular Yoruba indigenous actors who was married to Fathia Balogun is in our focus today. Saheed Balogun is a veteran Nollywood actor also known as Saidi, he is a film-maker, movie director and producer. Saidi is best known for the role of “Kunle” which he played in the popular Nollywood movie titled “Family On Fire”, produced by Tade Ogidan. Saheed Balogun has also featured in other award-winning Nollywood movies including “Light In The Dark”, “Outcast”, “Omo Emi”, “Emuke”, and “The Lost Heir”. In this piece, we will be looking at Saheed Balogun’s biography, his mother, son and Saheed Balogun’s net worth.
Saheed Balogun Biography
Saheed Balogun was born on February 5, 1967, in Kwara State, Western Nigeria, and was brought up in south-western Nigeria, Oyo State, Nigeria. Saidi lost his mother, Madam Jolaade Agbeke Ajimati-Balogun on 25th November 2019, 3 months ago. He had made an Instagram post expressing grief over his loss.
Saheed Balogun had his basic, and secondary education in Oyo State. He read Statistics at Kwara State Polytechnic, which is now Kwara State University.
Saheed Balogun acting Career
Saheed Balogun started his professional acting career in 1978 with a television program titled “Youth Today” which aired on NTA. However, his first film, “City girl” was in 1989. Over a successful career, Saheed Balogun has featured in several notable Nigerian movies, some of which he directed and produced. Some of the movies which Saheed Balogun has featured in include;
- Family on Fire
- Eti Keta
- Banana Island Ghost
- Light in the Dark
- Aye Keji
- Omo Emi
- The Lost Heir
- Aje Oja
- Modupe Temi (Thankful)
- Gbogbo Ere (Total profit)
- Ofin Mose
Saidi has featured alongside Nollywood stars including, Segun Arinze, Sola Fosudo, Tade Ogidan, Bukky Amos, and Sola Sobowale. Also, he has been nominated for various awards including;
- Best Lead Actor in an Indigenous Language – Nollywood Movie Award 2012
- Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year (Male) – City People Movie Award 2017
He won the City People Movie Special Recognition Award for his film-making. Saheed Balogun’s salary per movie ranges between $1,000 and $3,000.
Saheed Balogun Marriage
Saheed Balogun’s first wife was Fathia Balogun whom he tied their knot with on September 7, 2000, at Ikorodu Marriage Registry, Lagos. Fathia Balogun from Delta state and Saidi were blessed with two children, Khalid, and Aaliyah Balogun. 14 years later, the couple legally separated on January 17. Fathia reverted to her maiden name, Williams, after the split. However, both Fathia and Saidi still act side by side.
Saheed Balogun’s children include;
- Khalid Balogun
- Haliyat Balogun
- Jamal Balogun
- Zinat Balogun
Meanwhile, Saheed Balogun is now engaged with Funke Tayo Sofowora, the first cousin of Oba Elegusi, a Lagos monarch. Funke has been with Balogun for about four years now. They were present as a couple during a wedding that Oba Elegusi’s wife organized for her younger sister.
Saheed Balogun Net Worth
Saheed Balogun is a renowned Nollywood icon. He earns up to three hundred dollars per movie he features. His major source of income is movie directing and his brand ambassador deal with ADRON. Saheed Balogun’s net worth is an estimated $700,000.