Odunlade Adekola, born on December 31, 1976, is a renowned Nollywood actor, scriptwriter, film producer, director, and musician.
Hailing from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, he has become a household name in the Yoruba film industry, captivating audiences with his exceptional talent and versatile performances.
With an impressive career spanning decades, Adekola has established himself as one of the most sought-after actors in Yoruba movies, particularly in the Africa Magic Yoruba channel.
Let’s take a closer look at the life, education, career, and personal accomplishments of this extraordinary entertainer.
Early Life and Education:
Born in Lafenwa, Abeokuta, Odunlade Adekola was raised in a devout Christian family. His parents, Pastor and Deaconess Adekola, instilled a strong commitment to church activities in him. He attended St. John’s Primary School and later St. Peter’s College, Abeokuta, for his early education.
He continued his studies at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where he obtained a National Diploma Certificate. In 2018, Adekola furthered his education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.
Odunlade Adekola’s acting journey commenced in the church, where he participated in short-minute dramas and plays. His involvement in church performances helped him build confidence in acting and overcome stage fright. Encouraged by the positive feedback from his church audience, Adekola, along with his friend Tunde, started acting in the church.
In 1996, he was introduced to a theater group in his neighborhood, where his impressive performance captivated the entire crew.
In 1998, Adekola joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners, marking the official start of his acting career. He gained recognition for his role in the movie “Faworaja” (1999), directed by Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr. Latin. However, it was his portrayal of a state governor in “Asiri Gomina Wa” (2003), produced by Ishola Durojaiye (Alasari), that catapulted him to fame.
Over the years, Odunlade Adekola has appeared in numerous notable movies, showcasing his versatility and acting prowess. Some of his memorable films include:
- Faworaja (1999)
- Asiri Gomina Wa (2003)
- Emi Ni Ire Kan (2009)
- Sunday Dagboru (2010)
- Alani Pamolekun (2015)
- Taxi Driver – Oko Ashewo (2015)
- The Vendor (2018)
- Nimbe (2019)
- Night Bus To Lagos (2019)
Odunlade Adekola is happily married to Ruth Abosede Adekola, and they have been blessed with four children. They first met at a church service during a vigil in Abeokuta 22 years ago. Initially, Ruth was reluctant to attend, but they eventually became friends and grew closer through fasting and prayers. In 2003, they formalized their relationship and tied the knot.
Odunlade Adekola has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the Nigerian entertainment industry. With his remarkable talent, dedication, and versatility, he has become a prominent figure in Nollywood, particularly in Yoruba cinema. From his humble beginnings in the church to his current status as a celebrated actor, scriptwriter, film producer, director, and musician, Odunlade Adekola continues to entertain audiences with his exceptional performances. As he continues to contribute to the growth of the Nigerian film industry, we can expect to see even more remarkable achievements from this talented individual.
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