When it comes to naming those that pioneered Yoruba movies in Nigeria, there is no way you will overlook the immense contribution of this movie icon. Adebayo Salami, popularly known by his stage name "Oga Bello", is one of the oldest actors in the Nigerian film industry. He is an actor, filmmaker and movie director. He is the father of the popular actor Femi Adebayo. The veteran film actor and producer has been a source of inspiration to many young actors who aspire to have a long career in acting. He started acting in 1964 under Ojo Ladipo and has never looked back since. Here on Naijauto is all you need to know about Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) net worth, houses, cars and acting career.
The veteran Yoruba actor Oga Bello
2. Who is Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)?
- Adebayo Salami age and educational background
Adebayo Salami was born on the 9th of May 1953 in Lagos Nigeria. He is of Kwara State descent but spent most part of his childhood in the megacity of Lagos. He had his primary and secondary education in the same city where he grew up. Adebayo Salami was born into a Muslim family, with many siblings around to make his childhood memories.
Adebayo Salami with his late mum
- Adebayo Salami wives
Oga Bello has known his first wife Ejide since they were in primary school. While the duo couldn't imagine ending up together as husband and wife, they were fond of each other for so many years. Their friendship started in 1966 and they got married in 1975. He married another wife Omotayo Sanusi in 2016. Adebayo Salami has 18 children, nine sons and nine daughters. Popular names among his children include Femi Adebayo, Tope Adebayo and Kemi Adebayo. His first son Wale Adebayo has lived for many years in the United States before relocating back to Nigeria to manage his business properly.
Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) sons
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To know more about the Adebayo Salami family, here is a video showing his children dedicating a special song to their father.
THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR FATHER! FEMI ADEBAYO AND SIBLINGS CELEBRATES LEGENDARY DAD, OGA BELLO
3. Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) career highlights
Adebayo Salami started acting in 1964. He kick-started his acting career with Young Concert Party, a group that was led by Baba Mero (Ojo Ladipo). This theatre group was later renamed as Awada Kerikeri Theater Group. Oga Bello was made the leader of the group after the death of Ojo Ladipo in 1978. This event was a turnaround in his career, where he became a popular face on TV screens. Adebayo Salami has featured alongside Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of versatile actor Gabriel Afolayan and award-winning filmmaker Kunle Afolayan. The film titled "Ajani Ogun" is said to be Oga Bello's debut Yoruba movie.
Oga Bello has been acting in the Yoruba movie industry for more than 50 years
It appears the partnership between Oga Bello and Adeyemi Afolayan was fruitful as they went on to appear in another movie Kadara, a film produced by Afolayan (Adelove). Oga Bello had his first shot as a movie producer in 1985 with Ogun Ajaye, from his theatre group Awada Kerikeri. He was one of the first members of the Association of Nigerian Theater Arts Practitioners where he held the position of President.
- Oga Bello films and awards
Adebayo Salami movies include the likes of Ajani Ogun, Omo Orukan, Ija Orogun, Ilari and several others. Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) has been honoured at many award ceremonies such as the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2014 for his outstanding achievement in the Nigerian movie industry.
- Is Adebayo salami dead?
The news of Adebayo Salami death caused a lot of panic and confusion among movie lovers, especially in the Yoruba genre. However, it was later cleared up that the actual Adebayo Salami that died was a politician and elected Senator of the Osun Central Constituency, Osun State. He died on the 7th of January, 2021 in New York, United States.
4. Adebayo Salami net worth
His longevity in the movie industry obviously signifies that he must have made a lot of money in his career. While there might not be much money in the Yoruba movie industry, Oga Bello isn't doing badly for himself. Having appeared in so many movies with a couple of endorsements to his name, Oga Bello net worth is estimated to be around $200,000 (₦82.6 million). The influential actor is unarguably one of the richest actors in the Yoruba movie industry.
Oga Bello is one of the oldest and richest actors in the Yoruba film industry
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5. Adebayo Salami houses and cars
Although nothing much has been said about Adebayo Salami Oga Bello house in the public domain, the versatile actor was signed in 2021 by Chen Homes Limited as a brand ambassador. Apparently, part of his deal with the real estate firm is a free house or land. Also, there is no information yet on Adebayo Salami cars. However, with such decent net worth, he should be able to afford some nice cars befitting of his status.
6. Adebayo Salami latest news
Adebayo Salami will be featuring alongside other top Nollywood actors in the comedy series Ile Alayo, released on the 6th of December 2021. According to reports, the title was adapted and based on popular demands that the comedy movie should be turned into a series. The series was produced by Femi Adebayo, Wakaati TV and StarTimes.
Many people will not recount their childhood without mentioning how Adebayo Salami made them fall in love with the Yoruba movies. Oga Bello is a household name and has stamped his footprint in the entertainment industry. This is all we know about Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) net worth, houses, cars and acting career.
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