Femi Adebayo is a Nigerian lawyer, film actor, director, producer and Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture and Tourism. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami.
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.
Femi’s first marriage failed, and eight years after, he married Omotayo Sanusi on 9 October 2016. Altogether, he is blessed with four children.
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
Some of the movies he has starred in:
Omo Bishop, 2005
Osuwon Eda, 2006
Ofin Mose, 2006
Jagun Aso, 2007
Mo nbo wa Olorun, 2007
Nkan Adun, 2008
Taiwo Taiwo, 2008
Atanpako Meta, 2008
Oreke Temi, 2009
Ladies Gang, 2011
Iro Funfun, 2009
October 1, 2014
Kodi Ologbon Aye, 2017
Sola Arikusa, 2017
Diamonds in the Sky, 2018
The Ghost and the Tout, 2018
Heaven on my Mind, 2018
The Island, 2018
Etiko Onigedu, 2018
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
Femi Adebayo Net Worth
Femi is one of the highest paid Yoruba actors his worth is estimated at $900,000.