Sunday, 2 July 2017


Adebayo Salami is a veteran Yoruba actor popularly known and referred to as “Oga Bello”. Albeit of Kwara descent, the notable actor was  born on May 9, 1953 , in Lagos State. Where he had both his primary and secondary education. After which he went to Lagos drama school created by Christopher Olude.

His acting career began 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 was renamed Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, which later metamorphosed into Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.
Oga Bello with Prince Jide Kosoko

Following the demise of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, Adebayo Salami took up the mantle of leadership of the group, which brought him into the limelight.

The legendary actor, producer/director has featured in several Yoruba movies over the last 50 years of his acting career. He was a pioneer member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and also served as president of the association
Oga Bello with Femi Adebayo

He featured in Ajani Ogun, in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade love) played the lead role. He also featured in a movie titled Kadara, another film by Adeyemi Afolayan. He later featured in the popular Nigerian comedy series Comedy half hour with the stage name Oga Bello. He produced his first movie, Ogun Ajaye, in 1985, from the stable of Awada Kerikeri and has produced several movies over the years. He was awarded the 2014 Best of Nollywood (BON) for his relentless effort in the entertainment industry.
On location

Adebayo Salami is blessed with 18 delightful children who are flourishing in their chosen career. Interestingly, four of his sons are involved in movie production and video editing etc., Femi Adebayo, popularly known as 'Jelili Oniso' due to his role in the movie, “Jelili” is also making wave in the movie industry. Apart from Femi Adebayo, two other of Oga Bello’s children, Tope Adebayo (movie director) and Sodiq Adebayo (production manager) are doing well in the Nigerian movie industry.

Adebayo Salami clocked 64 on the 9th of May, 2017

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