He was born on the 9th Of May, 1953 in Lagos State but hails from Kwara state. Adebayo had his up-bringing in Lagos State.
Adebayo had his primary and secondary education in Lagos state for his primary and secondary school certificates respectively. Nothing much is known about his educational background.
His Acting Career
He began his acting career in 1964, with a group called Young Concert Party, under the leadership of Ojo Ladipo, popularly known as Baba Mero.
Few years later, the group changed its name to Ojo Ladipo Theatre Group, and became known as Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group. The death of Ojo Ladipo in 1978 brought Salami to the mantle of leadership of the group, and eventually shot him to fame and recognition in Nollywood.
He featured in the first Yoruba movie, Ajani Ogun, in which the late Adeyemi Afolayan, the father of Kunle Afolayan and Gabriel Afolayan, played the lead role.
He also featured in a movie, Kadara by Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade love). He later featured in the popular Nigerian comedy series Comedy half hour with the stage name Oga Bello from which he earned his nickname.
Adebayo Salami is also a producer. He successfully produced his first movie, Ogun Ajaye, in 1985, from the stable of Awada Kerikeri.
Since 1985, he has featured, produced and directed in several Yoruba movies some of which are:
• Ija Orogun
• Omo Orukan
• Ajani Ogun
• Ogun Ajaye
Adebayo is creative, skillful and highly talented Nollywood Yoruba actor gifted in brilliant interpretation of roles in movies. He is known to take role of father or an elderly personality in most Yoruba movies. His style of acting is loved by his numerous fans especially among the Yoruba decent.
Adebayo was a pioneer member of the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, and a former president of the association.
Adebayo Salami is a recipient of awards as Best actor in Yoruba at the Best of Nollywood Awards and City People Movie Lifetime Achievement Awards.
His Personal Life
Adebayo Salami got married to Omotayo Sanusi in 2016 and the union is blessed with two children named Femi Adebayo and Kemi Adebayo. Femi Adebayo is a famous Nollywood actor, producer and director.
His Net Worth
Adebayo Salami is indeed one of the highly celebrated veteran Yoruba actor, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $200,000 dollars.