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Femi Adebayo – Biography And Movies Of A Phenomenal Yoruba Actor

Femi Adebayo

Femi Adebayo is a Nigerian lawyer, actor, director, producer and filmmaker. Born to a family of entertainers, Femi understood the entertainment industry quite early.

Officially, he played his first major role in Owo Blow (1996), a film directed by Tade Ogidan. The movie got him the Upcoming Actor award and brought him to limelight.

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In 2016, he was appointed a Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed on Tourism and Culture. Basically, being the son of the Legendary Actor Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), Femi got enough training that soared his career.

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Femi Adebayo Biography

Olufemi Lawal Adebayo was born on December 31, 1972 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a native of Ilorin, Kwara but grew up in Ebute Metta, Lagos. He attended Jender Age and Oke-Ode Grammar School for his primary and secondary education respectively.

Thereafter, Femi bagged an LL.B at the University of Ilorin, and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Ibadan. 

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Femi Adebayo

Personal Life

Femi’s first marriage failed, and eight years after, he married Omotayo Sanusi on 9 October 2016. Altogether, he is blessed with four children.

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Femi Adebayo Early Career

Femi practiced Law for two years, but even then, he still had interest in the entertainment industry. Seeing his father regularly on television kept motivating him to pursue his passion.

According to him, he usually followed his dad to the movie set and meeting veterans like Jide Kosoko, Iya Rainbow, Late Hubert Ogunde, e.t.c got his attention. Luckily, he also trained with the Awada Kerikeri, a group led by his father. 

Femi had been on and off the screen due to his academics. He made a debut in his father’s first movie, Ogun Ajaye in 1985. Then in 1996, he came to limelight after taking a lead role in Owo Blow, a movie produced by Tade Ogidan. Thereafter, he got into the movie industry fully in 2006.

Since 2006, Femi has starred in over 500 movies, and have produced interesting films such as Jelili, Iro Funfun, Etiko Onigedu e.t.c He has also starred in few English movies like Ladies Gang with Mercy Johnson but feels more comfortable performing in his mother tongue.

Femi is a renowned Yoruba actor and has starred with A-list thespians. He has worked with the likes of Funke Akindele, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Desmond Elliot, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kunle Afolayan, Muyiwa Ademola, Fathia Balogun, e.t.c

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Some of the movies he has starred in:

  • Omo Bishop, 2005
  • Osuwon Eda, 2006
  • Idanwo, 2006
  • Ofin Mose, 2006
  • Inu, 2007
  • Jagun Aso, 2007
  • Mo nbo wa Olorun, 2007
  • Mayomi, 2007
  • Nkan Adun, 2008
  • Taiwo Taiwo, 2008
  • Atanpako Meta, 2008
  • Oreke Temi, 2009
  • Atona, 2009
  • Toromade, 2009
  • Ebutte, 2010
  • Ladies Gang, 2011
  • Apaadi, 2009
  • Iro Funfun, 2009
  • Jelili, 2011
  • Ayitale, 2013
  • October 1, 2014
  • Anini, 2015
  • Ayomide, 2015
  • Tania, 2015
  • Aseyiowu, 2017
  • Kodi Ologbon Aye, 2017
  • Sola Arikusa, 2017
  • Oruka, 2017
  • Abamo, 2018
  • Diamonds in the Sky, 2018
  • Ewude, 2018
  • The Ghost and the Tout, 2018
  • Heaven on my Mind, 2018
  • The Island, 2018
  • Etiko Onigedu, 2018
  • Mokalik, 2019

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Femi Adebayo Net Worth

Femi is one of the highest paid Yoruba actors. According to Nigerianinfopedia.com, his worth is estimated at $900,000. 

Femi is also a brand ambassador to Trophy, Veritas Glansvills, real estate company, Kayode-Obembe & Co, e.t.c 

J-15 School of Performing Arts

Femi is the CEO of J-15 School of Performing Arts. It was established in 2008 with the aim of producing well-rounded actors and performers.

And over the years, it has produced technically sound individuals who are making waves in the movie industry. Some of which are Aishat Lawal, a producer; Tope Adeoye, an artist; Wonuola Adekunle, e.t.c 

As a result of its impact in the society, J-15 was honored with Outstanding Industry Academy Platform Award by Emperor Nollywood Awards in 2018

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Awards And Recognition

  • Best Upcoming Actor of the Year, The Movie Awards, 1996
  • Best Yoruba Actor, Afro Hollywood Awards (17th African Film Awards). 
  • The Best Yoruba Actor, Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria Awards, (Yoruba) 2012
  • Best Movie Producer of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards, (Yoruba) 2015
  • Best Actor of the Year, City People Movie Awards, (Yoruba) 2017
  • Fashionable Actor of the Year, Emperor Nollywood Awards, 2018
  • Best Indigenous Movie ‘Etiko Onigedu’ Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, 2018
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba), Best of Nollywood Awards, 2018

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Femi Adebayo Quotes

“No matter your level, everyone finds prominence.”

“Remember the principle of sowing and giving. Sow the best of effort so you can reap the best.”

“Royalties comes with some etiquettes so also, the wisdom of a King is important…Learn them and observe them…”

“Patience and ability to observe are strong keys to success.” 

“In this world, you can either search for an opportunity and grab with both hands or just sit and complain about not having it… The choice is yours to make.”

“Life is all about risks. You try some, win some and lose some. How you handle your losses determines the possible outcome of your tomorrow win…” 

“Remember that success is not hereditary, you have to carve out your own.”

“Great things come to those who envision it, believe it and run with it.”

“The world has lots of people created to support your vision and ideas… Never think you can do it alone… Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

“Most times people never know what we go through to achieve what you see on the screen.”

“Don’t cut short your dream. Dream on. Dreams are free. Live your dream.”

“Your destiny is in your hands. Helpers will come when you have tried your bit.”

“Marriage requires an awkward formula.. It takes understanding for 2 to become 1…”

“No matter the situation, find time to reflect on the good things God has done…”

“How you handle work given to you speaks a lot about your character.”

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Entrepreneurial Lessons From The Life Of Femi Adebayo


Talent is never enough, mastering the craft is very essential.

Adebayo believes that having a talent is one, and learning the rudiments of the profession is another. Most times, professional actors are those who can give their all into a character in a make-believe form even when their real life is not close to what they do on set. 

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Femi said his passion for acting grew when he began to see his father on the television as a young chap. Today, even though he is lawyer, Femi still followed his passion by acting.

It is never too late to follow your passion.

Do What You Love Best

Adebayo loves being a Yoruba Actor, and he’s thriving at it. Despite his education, he feels more comfortable acting in his mother tongue. Owing to the fact that he loves his culture, Femi has stayed glue to Yoruba movies.

As an individual, do not be caught in the web of people’s opinion, do what you are comfortable with. Carve your own niche.

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