Femi Adebayo Biography, Career, and Net Worth

Femi Adebayo is a Nigerian lawyer, actor, director, producer, and filmmaker who has worked in a different field. Femi grew up in a family of entertainers, thus he was exposed to the entertainment industry at a young age.

Officially, he had his movie breakthrough in Owo Blow (1996), a film directed by Tade Ogidan, in which he played a big role. The film earned him the Upcoming Actor Award and pushed him into the public eye.

Abdulfatah Ahmed, the governor of the state of Kwara, nominated him as a Special Adviser on Tourism and Culture to the governor in 2016. Femi Salami’s career took off as a result of his father, the legendary actor Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), who provided him with sufficient training.

Profile Summary of Femi Adebayo
Femi Adebayo
Born 5 May 1978

Lagos, Nigeria

Nationality Nigerian
Other names “Jelili”, “Sonto alapata”
Citizenship Nigerian
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
Years active 1985–present (Ogun Ajaye)
Parent(s) Adebayo Salami


Femi Adebayo


Femi Adebayo’s biography

Olufemi Lawal Adebayo was born on 5 May 1978, in Lagos, Nigeria, to Olufemi and Lawal Adebayo. He is originally from Ilorin, Kwara State, but grew up in Ebute Metta, Lagos State. Jender Age Elementary School and Oke-Ode Grammar School were where he received his primary and secondary education, respectively.

In the following years, Femi obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ilorin and his Master’s degree in Law from the University of Ibadan.

Femi’s first marriage ended in divorce, and eight years later, on October 9, 2016, he tied the knot with Omotayo Sanusi. He has four children in total, which is a great blessing.

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Femi Adebayo’s Early Career

Femi worked as a lawyer for two years, although he maintained a strong interest in the entertainment sector during that time. Seeing his father on television on a regular basis served to keep him motivated to follow his dream.

According to him, he would often accompany his father to the movie set, where he would meet veterans such as Jide Kosoko, Iya Rainbow, Late Hubert Ogunde, and others. He was fortunate in that he was also able to train with the Awada Kerikeri, a group led by his father.

Due to his academic obligations, Femi had been on and off the TV. In 1985, he made his acting debut in Ogun Ajaye, the first film directed by his father. Afterward, in 1996, he shot to fame after starring in Owo Blow, a film directed by Tade Ogidan and produced by Tade Ogidan. Following that, he entered the film industry on a full-time basis in 2006.

Since 2006, Femi has appeared in over 500 films and has directed a number of noteworthy films, including Jelili, Iro Funfun, Etiko Onigedu, among others. A few English-language films (like Ladies Gang starring Mercy Johnson) have also featured him, but his native language is where he feels most at ease on the screen.

Femi is a well-known Yoruba actor who has shared the screen with a number of A-list actors. Akindele, Mercy Aigbe, Odunlade Adekola, Desmond Elliot, Bolanle Ninalowo, Kunle Afolayan, Muyiwa Ademola and Fathia Balogun are some of the artists with whom he has collaborated, among others.

Femi Adebayo’s Marriage

Femi Adebayo married Khadijhat Adebayo in 2004 and they divorced in 2008. He divorced his first wife, with whom he had three children because she didn’t like his playing romantic parts. He met Khadijhat in 1998 when he was a third-year law student and she was a first-year computer science student. He remarried Omotayo Maimunat Sanusi eight years after divorcing his first wife. Femi Adebayo and Omotayo Maimunat Sanusi married on October 9, 2016, and they have a son together. Femi’s second wife was an air hostess before opening the “Iyan Aladuke” cafe on Montgomery Road in Yaba, Lagos. Fadlulrahman Adebayo, Olatoun Olarenwaju, Fadlullah Adebayo, and Firdaus Niniola Adebayo are his children.

Femi’s first wife divorced him due to rumors that he had a sexual relationship with actress Funke Akindele. However, he denied the notion, claiming that he was merely a friend of Funke’s and that she had nothing to do with his first marriage’s breakdown.

Femi Adebayo’s Net Worth

Femi Adebayo has a net worth of $900,000, making him one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most powerful performers. Trophy Beer offered him a multi-million naira endorsement agreement. T. Pumpy Estate has a deal with him as an ambassador.

Femi Adebayo is the CEO of the J-15 School of Performing Arts. It began in 2008 with the goal of developing well-rounded actors and entertainers.

And it has generated technically sound individuals who are creating waves in the film industry over the years. Aishat Lawal, a producer; Tope Adeoye, an artist; Wonuola Adekunle, and others.

J-15 was awarded the Outstanding Industry Academy Platform Award by Emperor Nollywood Awards in 2018 for its social impact.

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Some of the movies he has starred in:

  • Omo Bishop, 2005
  • Osuwon Eda, 2006
  • Idanwo, 2006
  • Ofin Mose, 2006
  • Inu, 2007
  • Jagun Aso, 2007
  • Mo nbo wa Olorun, 2007
  • Mayomi, 2007
  • Nkan Adun, 2008
  • Taiwo Taiwo, 2008
  • Atanpako Meta, 2008
  • Oreke Temi, 2009
  • Atona, 2009
  • Toromade, 2009
  • Ebutte, 2010
  • Ladies Gang, 2011
  • Apaadi, 2009
  • Iro Funfun, 2009
  • Jelili, 2011
  • Ayitale, 2013
  • October 1, 2014
  • Anini, 2015
  • Ayomide, 2015
  • Tania, 2015
  • Aseyiowu, 2017
  • Kodi Ologbon Aye, 2017
  • Sola Arikusa, 2017
  • Oruka, 2017
  • Abamo, 2018
  • Diamonds in the Sky, 2018
  • Ewude, 2018
  • The Ghost and the Tout, 2018
  • Heaven on my Mind, 2018
  • The Island, 2018
  • Etiko Onigedu, 2018
  • Mokalik, 2019
Awards And Recognition
  • Best Upcoming Actor of the Year, The Movie Awards, 1996
  • Best Yoruba Actor, Afro Hollywood Awards (17th African Film Awards).
  • The Best Yoruba Actor, Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria Awards, (Yoruba) 2012
  • Best Movie Producer of the Year, City People Entertainment Awards, (Yoruba) 2015
  • Best Actor of the Year, City People Movie Awards, (Yoruba) 2017
  • Fashionable Actor of the Year, Emperor Nollywood Awards, 2018
  • Best Indigenous Movie ‘Etiko Onigedu’ Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, 2018
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role (Yoruba), Best of Nollywood Awards, 2018
Femi Adebayo Quotes

“No matter your level, everyone finds prominence.”

“Remember the principle of sowing and giving. Sow the best of effort so you can reap the best.”

“Royalties come with some etiquettes so also, the wisdom of a King is important…Learn them and observe them…”

“Patience and ability to observe are strong keys to success.”

“In this world, you can either search for an opportunity and grab with both hands or just sit and complain about not having it… The choice is yours to make.”

“Life is all about risks. You try some, win some and lose some. How you handle your losses determines the possible outcome of your tomorrow wins…”

“Remember that success is not hereditary, you have to carve out your own.”

“Great things come to those who envision it, believe it, and run with it.”

“The world has lots of people created to support your vision and ideas… Never think you can do it alone… Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

“Most times people never know what we go through to achieve what you see on the screen.”

“Don’t cut short your dream. Dream on. Dreams are free. Live your dream.”

“Your destiny is in your hands. Helpers will come when you have tried your bit.”

“Marriage requires an awkward formula. It takes understanding for 2 to become 1…”

“No matter the situation, find time to reflect on the good things God has done…”

“How you handle work given to you speaks a lot about your character.”

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