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Adebayo Salami Biography, Children, Wives, Family, Awards and Movies

Adebayo Salami Biography

Adebayo Salami widely known by his stage name Oga Bello, is a veteran Nigerian actor, filmmaker, movie producer and director. Salami was born on 9 May 1953 in Lagos State where he had both primary and secondary education.

He began his acting career 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 changed its name to Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, and later metamorphosed into Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group. Following the demise of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, Salami took the mantle of leadership of the group, which brought him into the limelight.

He featured in the first Yoruba film, Ajani Ogun, in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan, plays the lead role.

Adebayo Salami

Adebayo Salami

He also featured in a movie titled Kadara by Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade love). 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.

Since 1985, he has produced, directed and featured in several Yoruba movies.

He was a pioneer member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and also served as president of the association.

Adebayo Salami Children

Adebayo Salami Children are 18 in number. This consists of a blend of nine sons and nine daughters, as well as 15 grandchildren.

Adebayo Salami Wives

He has two wives

Adebayo Salami Family

He has two wives and 18 children.


Best of Nollywood (BON) Award – 2014


  • Ajani Ogun
  • Omo Orukan
  • Ogun Ajaye
  • Ija Orogun
  • Ilari

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