Adebayo Salami (actor)

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Adebayo Salami
Born9, May 1953
NationalityNigerian
Other namesOga Bello
CitizenshipNigerian
OccupationActor, filmmaker and film director
Years active1964-present
RelativesFemi Adebayo (son)
Kemi Adebayo (daughter)

Adebayo Salami popularly known by his stage name Oga Bello, is a veteran Nigerian actor, filmmaker, movie producer and director.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Albeit of Kwara descent, Salami was born on 9th Of May, 1953 in Lagos State where he had both primary and secondary education.[3]

He began his acting career in 1964, with a group called Young Concert Party, under the leadership of Ojo Ladipo, popularly known as Baba Mero. After a few years, the group changed its name to Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, and later metamorphosed into Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.[4] Following the demise of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, Salami took the mantle of leadership of the group, which brought him into the limelight.[5]

He featured in the first Yoruba film, Ajani Ogun, in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan, plays the lead role.[6]

He also featured in a movie titled Kadara by Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade love).[7] He later featured in the popular Nigerian comedy series Comedy half hour with the stage name Oga Bello.[8]

He produced his first movie, Ogun Ajaye, in 1985, from the stable of Awada Kerikeri.[9]

Since 1985, he has produced, directed and featured in several Yoruba movies.[10]

He was a pioneer member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners,[11] and also served as president of the association.[12]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theatre Arts Movie Practitioners to celebrate veteran actor, Adebayo Salami - Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Nigeria HomePage - Breaking News, Business, Sports, Entertainment and Video News". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin. "Voice Of Nigeria - Actor advocates promotion of indigenous languages". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ Our Reporter. "Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello): After 50 years, I see light at the end of the tunnel". Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  5. ^ "My Parents Almost Cursed Me For Taking To Acting – Oga Bello - Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers". Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  6. ^ AJIBADE ALABI. "Oga Bello tells all about career, family & kids - Newswatch Times". Newswatch Times. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  7. ^ "ADEBAYO SALAMI (OGA BELLO) RETURNS TO STAGE WITH 'OLOKOOBA' AT 50!". Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ Lucky Orioha. "Guardian News Website - More Pips For The Legendary Oga Bello'". Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  9. ^ "My friends taught me because I couldn't go to school – Oga Bello". The Punch - Nigeria's Most Widely Read Newspaper. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  10. ^ Sunday Oguntola. "OGA BELLO Why younger Nollywood stars go broke easily". The Nation. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  11. ^ "TAMAPAN house of division and cheap Nollywood politics". Daily Independent, Nigerian Newspaper. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Confusion in Yoruba movie sector". Daily Independent, Nigerian Newspaper. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  13. ^ Our Reporter. "BON Awards to honour Liz Benson, Adebayo Salami, others". The Nation. Retrieved 1 January 2015.