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Today (May 9) is the birthday of veteran actor, Adebayo Salami, popularly known as Oga Bello.

Mr. Salami is a native of Ilorin, Kwara state. Though he was born in Lagos and grew up in Lagos. He started acting at  age 11  in 1964 with a group called Young Concert Party lead by Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group which was later named Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.

Adebayo went into acting because he developed interest in entertainment having watched several entertainment programs while growing up on the Island in Lagos.  He was greatly inspired by watching a television series by late Hubert Ogunde called the Village Doctor.

Salami would usually hide in the bathroom imitating actors rehearsing at the Pa. Ayinla Olumegbon Theatre beside his house where he grew up on the island of Lagos.

Since 1977 he had featured in hundreds of films,  first in a Yoruba film by Dr. Ola Balogun titled Ajani Ogun. Late Ade Love played the leading role in the movie. His second movie was “Kadara” meaning destiny. He has acted in several films ever since.

He has produced a total of 11 films some of which are: Agbara Obirin, Omo Orukan, Eri Okan, Ogun Ajaiye, Asewo tore Mecca, Oko (Stone), Ilu le, Gbemi sola and others.

He has many children  who are also in the Yoruba Film Industry. They are Omolara Adebayo, Femi Adebayo, Sodiq Adebayo and Kemi Adebayo. Join us and wish happy birthday

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