Adebayo Salami popularly known by his stage name as Oga Bello is a famous veteran Nollywood actor, filmmaker, producer, director and a television personality. He is popularly known for playing the role of a father, husband, father in-law and a title chief in several Nollywood movies. He acts mostly in English and Yoruba speaking movies. He was born on 9th May 1953 in Lagos State in the south western part of Nigeria. He is currently 65 years old.
He is very gifted, skillful, creative and talented in acting and interpretation of movie roles. He knows how to interpret his roles very well and can fit in any character given to him by movie directors and producer in Nigeria.
Adebayo Salami is originally from Kwara State in the south western part of Nigeria, but was born and bred in Lagos State n the south western part of Nigeria, where he completed both his primary and secondary school education and obtained both his First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate.
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 few years later, the group changed its name to Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, and later metamorphosed into Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.
Following the death of Ojo Ladipo in 1978, Adebayo Salami took the mantle of leadership of the group, which brought him into the limelight. He has featured in several Yoruba movies in Nigeria. He acted in the first Yoruba film titled “Ajani Ogun” in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of famous Nollywood movie producer and director Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan played the lead role character.
He also featured in a movie titled “Kadara” a movie produced by Adeyemi Afolayan. He later featured in the popular Nigerian comedy series titled “Comedy Half Hour” with the stage name Oga Bello, a name which later became his household name.
In 1985, Adebayo Salami produced his first movie titled “Ogun Ajaye” from the stable of Awada Kerikeri. Since 1985 till date, he has produced, directed and featured in several Yoruba movies.
Adebayo Salami was a pioneer member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and also served as the national president of the association.
Adebayo Salami is currently married to Alhaja Ejide and the marriage is currently blessed with two grown up children namely Femi Adebayo and Kemi Adebayo. His son Femi Adebayo is also a popular Nollywood actor, producer and director.
Adebayo Salami has acted in several English and Yoruba speaking movies. Some of the movies he has acted include Ajani Ogun, Omo Orukan, Ogun Ajaye, Ija Orogun, Ilari, amongst others.
Adebayo Salami in the cause of his career as an actor has been nominated for and has won several awards in Nigeria. In 2014, he won the award for Best Actor in Yoruba at the Best of Nollywood Awards and City People Movie Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Adebayo Salami is currently one of the richest and most influential actor in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $150,000.