Adebayo Olufemi Lateef was born on 31th December, 1972. A native of Ilorin in Kwara State, born in lagos. Attended jender age nursery and primary school, lagos. Oke-ode grammar school, where he was made the senior prefect for the year 92/93 set. He proceeded to University of Ilorin, where he studied law, while in the university, he also deed a per-time training in the area of entertainment with the popular Awada Keri-Keri school of performing Arts under the leadership of his father, Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello).
He has produces an ultra modern yoruba movie to his credit tittle “IDANWO” in the year 2006. In 1996 however, he won the “THE MOVIE AWARDS” as the “BEST UPCOMMING ACTOR OF THE YEAR 1996″ in Nigeria. He has participated in so many films such as Owoblow, Oba-Elesan,Tojo – terun, Baba – Ologba, Idanwo, Shola fe Pami, Ikan, Aranbada, Agbara Obirin, Mayomi, Ole, Inu, Orija ju Ogun, Ogologo, Fitila, Ile and so many others.
He is a biological son of the popular Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello). Femi talks about his father’s acting career with in this interview…
Can you please introduce yourself?
I am Femi Adebayo born into the family of Adebayo Salami popularly called Oga Bello. I studied Law at the University of llorin and earned a Master’s degree in Law at the University of Ibadan. I hail from Ilorin in Kwara State. I am married and have children. I am best described as an actor and a lawyer.
Didn’t your father encourage you to study Acting instead of Law since you seem to enjoy the former?
I have always wanted to be a lawyer. My father always told us when we were young that he would support us on any career choices we made. Since I decided I was going to study Law, he was very supportive. He gave me all the needed support and encouragement. My passion for acting started when I kept seeing him on television while I was young. At a point, I felt like acting too. When he noticed my interest in acting, he did not discourage me. Rather, he encouraged my interest in the two careers. My father did not force any career on any of his children. He left us to study the courses we showed interest in and have capacity for. I must also say that he influenced me indirectly as an actor because if I had not enjoyed his acting style while I was growing up, there was no way I could have showed interest in acting.
How do you feel each time you feature in a movie with him?