Ayo Akinwale Biography, Career, and Net Worth

Ayo Akinwale, popularly known as Ayobami Akinwale, was a Nigerian actor, producer, and scholar who was born in 1946 and died on September 13, 2020.

Ayo Akinwale is most recognized for his part in the 1997 film ‘Sango,’ which won him an Academy Award.


Aside from his acting abilities and skill in portraying his parts flawlessly, he was one of the most well-liked veteran Nollywood performers, especially because of his talent and prowess in interpreting his roles.

Akinwale is also a well-known lecturer at the renowned University of Ilorin, where he teaches a variety of subjects.

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Profile Summary of Ayo Akinwale
Born 1946

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Died 13 September 2020

Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Other names Ayobami Akinwale
Education Methodist High School
Alma mater University of Ibadan
Occupation film actor, producer, academic
Known for Sango
Awards Best Indigenous actor award
Ayo Akinwale Early Life and Career

His early life and professional career began in Ibadan, where he attended Methodist High School and the University of Ibadan before beginning his academic career as a lecturer at the Polytechnic of Ibadan in 1982.

He served as the Dean of the University of Ilorin’s Faculty of Arts and Culture. He also served as the head of the Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture (Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture).

He has served as a judge at a number of cultural festivals around Nigeria. Beginning in the 1970s, he appeared on television and in theatrical plays, as well as in commercials.

At the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards, he took home the prize for Best Indigenous Actor for his performance.

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Prof. Ayo Akinwale Books

Prof. Ayo Akinwale has written several books articles on Theatre Arts in Nigeria, including:

  • From Compound Space to the Living Stage’ Nigerian Theatre Journal. Vol. 2, No. 1(1998)
  • Theatre and Democracy in Nigeria’ Nigerian Theatre Journal. Vol. 6, No. 1
  • Nigerian Playright’; Zulu Sofola (2005)
  • The Nigerian Theatre and Economic Viability
  • Arts Administration in Contemporary Nigeria; The Nigeria Broadcaster
  • The Theatre and Nigeria’s New Democratic Environment: A Sociological Overview
Awards and Recognition

He won the Best Indigenous actor award at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Ayo Akinwale Movies
  • Sango (1997)
  • Ladepo Omo Adanwo (2005)
  • Iranse Aje (2007)
Ayo Akinwale Death

At the age of 74, he passed away at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital after suffering from a brief illness.

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