Saturday, 19 July 2014

# Actor # Antar Laniyan

How I Came About The Name "Antar" - Antar Laniyan Reveals

 Veteran Nollywood actor and seasoned movie director, Antar Laniyan has been around long enough to know what works and doesn't in the Nigerian movie industry. In this chat with Weekend Groove, Antar talks about himself, the industry and reveals some secrets about how he came about the name Antar Laniyan.

I know the name Laniyan is not a special one but Antar is peculiar. Some years back, a pregnant woman had a rival who wanted to marry her husband at all cost. This rival went diabolical to make sure the pregnant woman, my mother, did not give birth to me. And after staying 18months in my mother’s womb, they made some findings and it was revealed that my mother had to beg this rival for me to come to life.

Getting to my mother’s rival, she said they had to look for a goanna. Goanna is an animal called Aworinwo in Yoruba language but typical Yorubas call Goanna ‘Antar’. So, they used the Antar or goanna to make concoction for my mother. After some hours, I came to life and my mother decided to name me ‘Antar’ after the animal... He said

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