Today’s post is fully centered on Nollywood talented actor popularly known as Jelili, the biography of Femi Adebayo, his net worth, career, movies, awards, marriage, children and other information about the veteran actor will suffice in this post.
If you are conversant with Yoruba comedy movies you sure must have come across this movie oracle called Femi Adebayo, he is one of the actors we love to see on our home videos due to his talent and funny character.
He is an embodiment of talent and that cannot be questioned because he started at a very tender age when he was a kid, let us quickly show you brief information about Femi Adebayo.
Femi Adebayo Profile
|Full Name:||Femi Adebayo Lateef|
|Date of Birth:||31st of December, 1972|
|Place of Birth:||Lagos, Nigeria|
|State of Origin:||Kwara State|
|Native language:||Yoruba (Ilorin)|
|Education:||University of Ilorin|
|Marital Status:||Omotayo Sanusi (2016)|
|Occupation:||Actor, director, producer and filmmaker|
That is brief information about Femi Adebayo, but it will interest you to read his full biography and all that has to do with Femi Adebayo and his family, read on.
Biography Of Femi Adebayo
Femi Adebayo Lateef was born into the family of Adebayo Salami on the 31st of December, 1972. He is a born entertainer and also born into a family filled with entertainers. His father Adebayo Salami popularly known as Oga Bello is one of the best and the first set of Nollywood actors.
The Nigerian movie industry has been interesting with the effort of this great family, Femi Adebayo started acting at a very young age and this is due to the influence of his father, he was well brought up and prepared for the game.
Femi Adebayo is an actor, movie producer, director, filmmaker and also a lawyer, he is a prolific thespian and very influential to the community and the country at large.
As stated earlier, Femi Adebayo was born in 1972, he is the son of the living legend Oga Bello a very intelligent and focused actor. Femi Lateef Adebayo came into limelight after he played a major role in the 1996 Tade Ogidan directed movie title “Owo Blow” since then he has been appearing in various Yoruba movies.
He is from Kwara State South-Western region of Nigeria and a native of Ilorin though he was raised in Lagos, He speaks the Yoruba language fluently and also English.
According to Femi, his father is his role model stating that with the fact that he is from a polygamous family his father ensures all his children are well educated and they are all graduates in their respective disciplines.
Femi Lateef Adebayo has been very much interested in the Movie industry since his kid days, he is a proud son of his father, when he watches his father on screen he wishes he could also be like him. His father serves as a source of motivation to him and this helped him to develop his God-given talent.
Femi Adebayo is also a professional lawyer, though he has all the qualifications and good CV to seek a white-collar job but he found his way back into the movie industry, it is worthy to note that Femi Adebayo practiced law for two good years before starting his acting career fully.
The post his father holds in the Nigerian movie industry helped him propel his acting career, he was opportune to meet and act with veteran Nollywood actors and actresses like Iya Rainbow, Yinka Quadri, Jide Kosoko, the Late Hubert Ogunde and many more respected thespians.
Never forget the “Awada Kerikeri”, a group led by his father consisting of other Yoruba veteran movie stars like Sola Sobowale (Toyin Tomato) and so on.
We stated earlier that Femi Adebayo appearance in Owo Blow movie gave him the podium, yes, that is true but Femi Adebayo has been acting since 1985, he appeared in the movie “Ogun Aye”, but he officially started acting in the year 2006, though he ought to have started earlier after he became popular in 1996 but due to his education he has to pause acting till 2006.
Femi Adebayo has appeared in over 550 movies that cut across diverse of roles and he is an expert that knows how to interpret his roles effortlessly. He has his own movies produced by him, movies like Etoiko Onigedu, Iro Funfun, Jelili and many more.
We have also seen him starred in Nollywood English version blockbuster movies of which some made it on Netflix, though he loves acting in Yoruba language and that made him feature in most Yoruba movies than the English movies.
Jelili has been on set with other talented and well-respected Nollywood actors and actresses like Mercy Johnson, Muyiwa Ademola, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kunle Afolayan, Desmond Elliot, Odunlade Adekola, Fathia Balogun, Mercy Aigbe, Funke Akindele (Jenifa) and many others.
Femi Adebayo biography and net worth will not be complete without letting you know about his family. Femi Adebayo is happily married to Omotayo Sanusi which took place in 2016, though he has been married before of which the marriage hit the rock due to the fact that his then-wife wasn’t in support of his acting career and he has to remarry. Femi Adebayo is the father of four(4) children.
A rumor also went viral about Femi Adebayo dating the popular actress Funke Akindele of which he came out to debunk saying Funke Akindele is just a friend to him and tagged as an effort to break his marriage.
Awards & Endorsement Deals
In 1996, Femi won the award for the Best Upcoming Actor of the year, that was when he acted Owo Blow and since then he has been winning awards back to back up till this moment. Some of his awards are:
- Best Upcoming Actor of the Year by The Movie Awards – (1996)
- Best Yoruba Actor, Afro Hollywood Awards (17th African Film Awards).
- Best Yoruba Actor, Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria Awards, (Yoruba) – (2012)
- The Best Movie Producer of the Year 2015 by City People Entertainment Awards – (2015)
- Best Actor of the Year by City People Movie Awards, (Yoruba) – (2017)
- Fashionable Actor of the Year by Emperor Nollywood Awards – (2018)
- The Best Indigenous Movie ‘Etiko Onigedu’ by AMVCA – (2018)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba), Best of Nollywood Awards – (2018)
The shelf of his awards doesn’t stop here, on the biography of Femi Adebayo and Net worth we have only handpicked a little out of the awards Femi Adebayo has won, also he had endorsement deals with some well-known brands. Femi Adebayo is also the Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Tourism and Culture.
J-15 Media Network Nigeria
Femi Adebayo is the founder of J-15 Media Network Nigeria, it is a film institution established to train upcoming and future stars in Theatre Arts and other movie-making disciplines.
J-15 School is situated in Ibadan, Oyo state capital and the school has produced over 200 graduates, also some of the prolific veteran actors and actresses who are lecturers in other Universities do lecture in the school.
Femi Adebayo’s net worth is estimated to be $900,000, all from consistency and hard works, he is rated as one of the richest Yoruba actors in Nigeria, he is also one of the highest-paid Nollywood actors in the country.
Aside from the income generated through acting, he has also been made the brand ambassador of big brands in Nigeria like Trophy, Kayode-Obembe & Co, Veritas Glansvill, coupled with various endorsement deals.
Never forget Femi Adebayo also own a school for upcoming actors and actresses, all these are the reasons his net worth cannot be questioned.
Below is the list of some of the movies Femi Adebayo appeared in:
- Omo Bishop, 2005
- Idanwo, 2006
- Ofin Mose, 2006
- Osuwon Eda, 2006
- Inu, 2007
- Mayomi, 2007
- Jagun Aso, 2007
- Mo nbo wa Olorun, 2007
- Atanpako Meta, 2008
- Nkan Adun, 2008
- Taiwo Taiwo, 2008
- Oreke Temi, 2009
- Atona, 2009
- Apaadi, 2009
- Iro Funfun, 2009
- Toromade, 2009
- Ebutte, 2010
- Ladies Gang, 2011
- Jelili, 2011
- Ayitale, 2013
- October 1, 2014
- Ayomide, 2015
- Tania, 2015
- Anini, 2015
- Kodi Ologbon Aye, 2017
- Sola Arikusa, 2017
- Aseyiowu, 2017
- Oruka, 2017
- Ewude, 2018
- The Ghost and the Tout, 2018
- The Island, 2018
- Etiko Onigedu, 2018
- Abamo, 2018
- Diamonds in the Sky, 2018
- Heaven on my Mind, 2018
- Mokalik, 2019
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