He was born September 24, 1950 in Ile-Ife. Wale Adenuga had his up-bringing in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Wale Adenuga attended the famous Ibadan City Academy where he obtained his O-Level certificate, before proceeding to King’s College, Lagos for his higher school certificate.
Adenuga is a graduate of Business Administration at the University of Lagos in 1971.
His Numerous Achievements
Wale worked for the cartoon section of the Campus’ Magazine where he later emerged Chief Cartoonist.
In 1975 after graduation and youth service in the then Bendel state, his comic Ikebe Super was launched.
The comic introduced characters such as Womanizer Papa Ajasco, illiterate Pa Jimoh, and playboy Boy Alinco. A leading female character, promiscuous gold-digger Miss Pepeiye, was later introduced.
Adenuga’s other magazines were Super Story was also launched. Its story revolves around satirical issues and Binta, a Children’s publication.
Film/Television Production also forms one of Adenuga’s remarkable achievements. In the late eighties, during the economic depression, Nigerian publications were badly affected and the versatile Wale Adenuga had to move from print to electronic.
Before the growth of the movie industry in Nigeria, Adenuga had released the celluloid movie Papa Ajasco, which was based on the main character in Ikebe Super, in 1983. It was a household name at the time.
Papa Ajasco made history as the first English comedy in an industry which had been dominated by Yoruba productions. A film version of Binta, re-entitled Binta My Daughter was released in 1995. A year later, the television series Papa Ajasco, formerly and fondly known as The Ajasco Family was aired on Nigerian television to rave reviews.
On September 24, 1994, Adenuga and his wife Ehiwenma founded Binta International School in Lagos, a foundation dedicated to better education and rated one of the best schools in Nigeria.
In 2004, Adenuga opened the Pencil Film and Television Institute (PEFTI). Its courses include Producing, Directing, and Cinematography. The school was recently featured in De Film Industries van Nigeria, a Danish documentary on the Nigerian film industry.
Wale Adenugua has received several awards. They include:
5 Awards at the Nigeria Film Festival, 2002 as:
• Best Producer
• Best Script Writer
• Best Director
• Best Television Drama and
• Best Socially Relevant Television Production.
• Recipient of an honour from the Nigerian government as Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in 2009.
His Personal Life
Wale Adenuga has been happily married to Ehiwenma since 1975. The couple met as students at the University of Lagos, and the union is blessed with five children.
His Net Worth
Wale Adenuga has been in the Nigerian entertainment industry, indeed a household name, rated one of the richest and most influential with a net worth of about $4 million dollars.