Odunlade Adekola’s Biography
Odunlade Adekola is a Nigerian actor, singer, comedian, film-maker, producer and director, born and raised in Abeokuta, Ogun State, but from Otun-Ekiti, Ekiti State. He recently starred in various Yoruba and English movies and also produced a new movie called Adebayo Aremu Abere. He is the CEO of (Odunlade Adekola Film Production) OAFP located in Lagos and Ogun State.
Odunlade Adekola was born on 31 December 1976 in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. He is, renowned indigene of Otun Ekiti, Ekiti State. Odunlade Adekola attended St John’s Primary School and St. Peter’s College in Abeokuta, obtaining the West African School Certificate Examination before he proceeded to the popular State Polytechnic in Ogun State; Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where he received a diploma certificate.
Odunlade Adekola is officially married and his wife’s name is Ruth and they met in 1995 at an event held by that same Christ Apostolic Church in Lafenwa, Abeokuta in Ogun State. The couple is said to have been together since that time. The marriage is blessed with four lovable boys, the youngest of their boys was born in 2015.
Odunlade Adekola started acting at a very early age. According to him, whenever any anniversary was to hold in his church (the Christ Apostolic Church, Lafenwa, Abeokuta), him and his very close friend named Tunde would request to play jesters, and this request was always granted. He would then write a “script” for a comedy play involving just two characters (him and his friend). That was how it all began for Odunlade Adekola acting profession, director and producer. Adekola has featured in more than 120 Yoruba movies.
Odunlade Adekola officially began acting in 1996, the same year he joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts practitioners and was under the guidance of the late Nollywood actor and producer Isola Durojaiye popularly known as Alasari. Odunlade Adekola had starred, scripted, produced and directed several Nigerian films over the years. In April 2014, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award, having emerged as best actor of the year alongside Fathia Balogun who emerged as best actress of the year. In December 2015, He marked his entrance into the Nigerian music industry. Due to his popularity and impact in the film industry, photographs of Adekola during filming is widely used as internet meme across Nigerian websphere.
University of Lagos Saga
Odunlade Adekola proceeded to further his education and in 2018, he received a degree in Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Lagos (Distance Learning Institute Chapter). Short while after graduating from the University of Lagos rumors were spread all over the media both offline and online that the Yoruba movies star was an active absentee student and allegedly bought his certificate.
Odunlade Adekola however, didn’t let the false news slide without getting the real fact straight.
Odunlade Adekola said from an interview that with his celebrity status, he attended lectures, did all his assignments and definitely did not buy his certificate.