Adebayo Salami is a veteran Yoruba actor popularly known and referred to as “Oga Bello”. Albeit of Kwara descent, the notable actor was born some 64 years ago in Lagos State. For him, education started at Ansarudeen, Oke-Ejigbo and he had his secondary school education at Adebo Commercial School in Lagos 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.
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 has produced, directed and 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
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.
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. while the most popular of them, Femi Adebayo, popularly known as Jelili Oniso due to his role in the movie, “Jelili” is also making wave in the movie industry.
Adebayo Salami clocked 64 on the 9th of May, 2017