#NollywoodSpotlight: The Talented Yoruba Actor Femi Adebayo

Femi Adebayo (born 31 December 1974) is a Nigerian lawyer, film actor, director and producer. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami. He was born on December 1974 in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, but he originates from Ilorin, Kwara State. He attended the University of Ilorin where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law and a Master of Arts (M. A) degree in Theatre Art.

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He began acting in 1995, the same year he featured in a Tade Ogidan movie titled Owo Blow. He has starred in several Nigerian films, winning four awards as Best Yoruba actor at the 17th African Film Awards popularly known as Afro Hollywood awards at the Stratford Town Hall in London. He also won an award in the same category for the Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria Awards in 2012. He has a long list of movies to his credits which includes the much anticipated Sonto Alapata, Wura Ati Fadaka, Ma Wobadan and Buga(a very funny one) just to mention a few. Femi is the MD/CEO of J-15 media network Nigeria. He has masters in law

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Adebayo’s love for acting and subsequent sojourn into the field was born after seeing his father on television at a young age. When his father noticed his interest in acting, he gave a young Femi all the support he needed even after he completed a law degree. In an interview he expressed how liberal his father was to his decision to take up acting saying, “My father did not force any career on any of his children. He left us to study the courses we showed interest in and have capacity for. I must also say that he influenced me indirectly as an actor because if I had not enjoyed his acting style while I was growing up, there was no way I could have showed interest in acting.”

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Femi also founded a film school named J-15 School of Performing Arts, and it is located in Ibadan. The school has churned out over 150 graduands since inception and boasts of graduates of Theatre Arts from other Nigerian universities as lecturers.

The celebrated actor maintains a cordial relationship with his actor father and holds a great deal of respect for him. He ended his marriage to the mother of his three children in 2015. The actor revealed in an interview with City People that the marriage broke-up because his ex-wife was not in agreement with his profession. He was once romantically linked with fellow movie star, Funke Akindele but he shut down those rumours stating they were just friends and she had nothing to do with the break down of his previous marriage.

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In 1996 , Femi Adebayo won Best Upcoming Actor of the year 1996 at The Movie Awards in Nigeria. He won four awards including Best Yoruba actor at the 17th African Film Awards known as Afro Hollywood awards which was held at the Stratford Town Hall, London and also the same category for the Best of Nollywood BON Awards in 2012. In 2015, he bagged the City People Entertainment Award For Best Movie Producer Of The Year (Yoruba). In that same year, he appended his signature to a multimillion naira endorsement deal with Trophy Beer as a brand ambassador

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