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Femi Adebayo
Born 5 May 1978 (1978-05-05) (age 43)
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 (born 31 December 1978) is a Nigerian lawyer, film actor, director, producer and Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture and Tourism. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami.

Early life

Femi Adebayo was born on 31 of December 1978 in Lagos, southwest Nigeria. His father, who is a veteran Nigerian actor Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello), hails from Ilorin, Kwara State.


Femi Adebayo attended the C&S College for his secondary school education. He then went to the University of Ilorin, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Law. He later earned a master's degree in Law at the University of Ibadan.

Personal life

Femi Adebayo married Omotayo Adebayo on the 9th of October, 2016. Femi Adebayo and his wife have one son. He also has three children from an earlier marriage.


Adebayo began acting in 1985, the same year he featured in his father's first movie titled Ogun Ajaye.

Adebayo has starred in over 500 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.

Adebayo has a long list of movies to his credits, which includes the Sonto Alapata, Wura Ati Fadaka, Ma Wobadan and Buga, among others. He is the MD/CEO of J-15 media network Nigeria.

Awards and honours

Year Award Category Film Result Ref
2015 City People Entertainment Awards Best Movie Producer Of The Year (Yoruba) Won
2017 Best Actor Of The Year (Yoruba) Won
2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards Best Indigenous Movie (Yoruba) Etiko Onigedu Won
2020 Best of Nollywood Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Yoruba) Lucifer Won


  • Apaadi (2009)
  • Ayitale (2013)
  • October 1 (2014)
  • Shola Arikusa (2017)
  • Heaven on My Mind (2018)
  • Mokalik (2019)
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