Dakore & Timini Egbuson: Two Siblings, One Industry
It’s not very often that you find siblings who have chosen the same career path and are both excelling at it. However, these siblings, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Timini Egbuson have both proven that excellence runs in their family with their works in Nollywood.
Though years apart in age and experience, both siblings have created a name for themselves. Dakore who is the more seasoned and experienced of the two has for many years worked to create a name for herself. Timini who has only just begun to scratch the surface of what he can achieve is now working to maintain the brilliance associated with their name, ‘Egbuson’.
Dakore Egbuson has always been in love with performance, first as a singer, then as an actor. As a child, she wanted to be a singer and was the best at music in her primary school. She told This Day, “While growing up I have always known that I would be in the entertainment industry. I always knew I would be on stage. I was the best in Music in school – at Corona School. At a stage, I wanted to be a journalist. I later enrolled for a degree in Mass Communication at the University of Lagos. I started out as a musician and I am just happy that acting came along the way”.
She made her debut into Nollywood with Emem Isong’s Silent Tears in 1998. She went on to work with the producer on three other projects, “Play Boy”, “She-Devil” and “Emotional Cry”, which she credits as her breakthrough film. She featured in multiple movies after her appearance in these movies including the popular “Dangerous Sisters”, acting alongside Genevieve Nnaji and “Games Men Play”. She took a short break from the industry after she got married in 2011 to focus on her family. She made a comeback in Biyi Bandele’s 2015 movie, “Fifty” and has continued to appear in highly acclaimed movies and blockbusters.
The multiple award-winning actress earned numerous nominations for her appearance in Jade Osiberu’s 2017 movie, “Isoken” including an Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award (AMVCA) for ‘Best Actress’ and an ‘African Movie Academy Award’ (AMAA) in the same category. She ended up winning the AMAA Award. Since that win, she has featured in “Castle and Castle”, “Chief Daddy”, “New Money” and “The Set-Up”. She is currently hosting Multichoice’s new reality TV show, “Ultimate Love” along with Oluwaseun P. Olaniyan.
Timini is the last born amongst the Egbuson children. He was inspired to get into acting after working as his sister’s personal assistant on set for a few years while he was in university but the path was not a direct one. He told Guardian about how he developed his love for acting, “When I was at the university, I used to play around with the idea of acting and I used to accompany my sister, Dakore Akande to film sets and it also developed my love for acting though at the time I didn’t see it as a means of livelihood.”
After he got his B.Sc in Psychology from the University of Lagos, he got a job in an e-commerce firm and worked there for two years. However, he didn’t feel fulfilled in that role so he started going for auditions until he landed his first role in 2012 as ‘Dozie’ in “Tinsel”. That role opened the door to his breakout movie, playing ‘Tobi’ on MTV Shuga for three seasons.
People soon began to see that he was truly talented. He has appeared in movies such as “Fifty”, “Fifty The Series”, “The Intern”, “Room 420”, and “Ajuwaya”. He also hosted Ebony Life’s “The Spot” from 2016 to 2017 when the show finally ended. Recently, he appeared in Elevator Baby for which he received an AMVCA nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Drama (Movie/TV Series)’.
He credits his sister as his role model and motivator. He told Sun Newspaper, “She’s been like a role model. She was successful in acting and I saw that success is something that can happen; it is something you can sustain. You can have life; you can have everything you need. It’s like going into a career, you want to go into farming and you know a farmer that is successful. That gives you the hope, the motivation to actually dive with both feet in and see what can come out of it. So, for every step of the way, she has pushed me, she has motivated me.”
Both siblings have continued to be there for each other displaying a bond at events and on social media that cannot be overlooked. They are still thriving to be the best and there is no doubt that the ‘Egbuson’ name will only continue to be associated with excellence thanks to these two.