Adebayo Salami (born 9 May 1953), commonly known as Oga Bello, is a veteran Nigerian Yoruba actor, film producer, and director.
He is a household name in the Yoruba movie industry. He has marked his name as a living icon in the Nigerian movie sector.
Adebayo Salami is the father of the renowned Nollywood figure Femi Adebayo.
|Wiki Facts & About Data|
|Real Name:||Adebayo Salami|
|Stage Name:||Oga Bello|
|Born:||9 May 1953 (age 69 years old)|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos, Nigeria|
|State Of Origin:||Kwara State|
|Wife • Spouse:||Omotayo Sanusi (m. 2016), Alhaja Ejide|
|Girlfriend • Partner:||N/A|
|Children:||Femi Adebayo, Kemi Adebayo|
|Occupation:||Actor • Filmmaker|
Early Life & Education
Despite his Kwara ancestry, Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami was born on May 9, 1953, in Lagos State. He received both his elementary and secondary schooling.
He is of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria and was born to Yoruba parents. Adebayo Salami has always been a lover of the movie industry and has always tried out plays in his childhood days.
Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami is one of Nigeria’s most well-known Yoruba performers, with a long and illustrious career. He has worked in the film industry for over 50 years and has been in over 70 films.
He started his performing career in 1964 with the Young Concert Party, which was led by Ojo Ladipo, better known as Baba Mero. After a few years, the organization officially changed its name to Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group and then to Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.
Following the death of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, Adebayo Salami assumed the role of group leader, thrusting him into the spotlight.
Adebayo Salami appeared in Ajani Ogun, the first Yoruba film, in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan, plays the principal role. In addition, he appeared in Adeyemi Afolayan‘s film Kadara (Ade love). With the stage name Oga Bello, he later appeared in the popular Nigerian comic series Comedy half-hour.
In 1985, Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami produced his debut film, Ogun Ajaye, from the Awada Kerikeri stable. He has since produced, directed, and starred in various Yoruba films since 1985.
Adebayo Salami was one of the founding members of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners and served as its president.
Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami is married to two women. In primary school, he met his first wife. Alhaja Ejide is her name.
They became friends after some time and then began a romantic connection. They’ve been together for over four decades.
Omotayo Sanusi is his second wife, whom Oga Bello encountered via his younger sister.
In the year 2016, the couple tied the knot. Adebayo Salami has eighteen children, nine sons, and nine daughters. He has several grandchildren.
Femi Adebayo and Kemi Adebayo are part of his children, while Fadlullah Adebayo, Olatoun Olarenwaju, Fadlulrahman Adebayo, and Firdaus Niniola Adebayo are some of his grandchildren.
Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami is not active on any social media platform. However, several fan accounts were made for him.
He stated in several interviews that he finds it hard to adapt to the current technology and so prefers to stay off social media.
Acting in Nollywood films is Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami‘s main source of income. He has worked in the film industry for over 50 years and has appeared in over 70 films.
Adebayo ‘Oga Bello’ Salami is currently one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most powerful figures. He has a net worth of roughly US$200,000 to US$400,000.