BIRTH NAME: Odunlade Adekola
DATE OF BIRTH: December
OCCUPATION: Actor, Singer,Movie Producer
MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED
Odunlade is a very popular Nigerian actor,director, producer and musician. He primarily feature in Yoruba films and also feature in Nollywood films too, he is one of the richest actors in Nigeria.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Odunlade Adekola was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State, He attended the Saint John RCM primary school, and later Saint Peter’s college, both in Abeokuta. After being into acting for some years, Odunlade Adekola is currently running an
undergraduate in one of the universities in Nigeria. He has not disclosed which university this is due what he called “personal reasons”.
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), he and a friend, whose name he gave as “Tunde who was a part-time actor introduced him to a theatre group that rehearsed near his house. One day, he invited him to join the group and he agreed.
He went there that day and the man in charge asked him if he could act and he said he
could. He then told him to act like a crazy person and when he did that, everybody there began to clap. That was how he started gradually. Later on, He got to know about to go Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioners (now Theatre Arts and Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria) and He joined fully in 1998 after showing in his first movie.
After being motivated by the likes of Taiwo Hassan, Adebayo Salami, Lere Paimo, and other genius Yoruba actors in Nollywood, he entered the professional scene around 2005. However, he never started becoming increasing popular until 2007. He received training and additional motivation from Isola Durojaye (Alasari), now late, who believed in his potential and assisted him in bringing out the best in him.
CAREER AND LIFE
He wrote a “script” for a comedy play involving just two characters (him and his friend). That was how it all began for this professional actor, director and producer.
After being motivated by the likes of Taiwo Hassan
(ogogo), Adebayo Salami (oga bello), Lere Paimo, and
other genius Yoruba actors in Nollywood, he entered theprofessional scene in 2005.
However, he started increasing popularity only in 2007.He received training and additional motivation from late Isola Durojaye (Alasari), who believed in his potential and assisted him in bringing out the best in him.
Odunlade have spend close to 10 years in the limelight now,
And he has featured in almost 100 Yoruba
movies. In a recent interview, he admitted that the film Asiri gomina wa, in which he played the role of a state governor, was the most challenging assignment of his career, ascriticisms and doubts flew about over his ability to play the role successfully. However, he was able to play the role perfectly, and according to him, he believes that his role in that film opened up the door of many greater opportunities for him.
Odunlade Adekola has written and produced about six
movies. These are
2. Emi nire kan
3. Baba super
4. Ila owo
5. Eje fun eje
He’s works on new movies every single year which keeps increasing his fan base.
One of the most asked questions about Odunlade Adekola
is “Is Odunlade Adekola married?” Well, for your
information, the tall, handsome actor is legally married to Ruth with three kids.
The wife of Nigerian actor Odunlade Adekola, Mrs
Ruth Adekola, gave birth to her 3rd born on Saturday
April 13th, 2013 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
In an interview granted by Taiwo Aromokun, a Yoruba
Nollywood actress and Odunlade Adekola’s trainee,
admitted that there existed a relationship between her
and the actor. However, the duo had to part ways as he was not willing to take a second wife, and of course, she had to carry on with her life. The breakup
notwithstanding, the duo is still on very good terms.
Apart from being an actor, Kola, as he is well known by fans, is also a Glo ambassador.
It has also been revealed the actor and fellow star Actress Funke Akindele are not cool with each other because of some silent rift between the two.
According to the online reports it was said that Funke was the reason his glo ambassador deal wasn’t renewed.
The actor is also rated as one of the top ten richest actors in Nigeria.
FEW POPULAR MOVIES WHICH ODUNLADE HAS BEEN FEATURED ARE:
Asiri Gomina Wa (Featuring – Yomi Fash Lanso , Bolaji
Amusan, Lanre Hassan, Toyin Afolayan , Soji Taiwo and
– Tani Olorun;
– Oja Odaju (Featuring – Adebayo Salami , Femi Adebayo,
Faithia Balogun , Dayo Amusa, Sadiq Adebayo)
– Ila Owo (Produce);
– Farapamo (Produce);
– Oloru Owu;
– Emi nire kan (Produce);
– Iwa Eniyan (Featuring Nike Alabi, Funke Aderogba, Peter
Fatomilola, Oluwole Adedeji, Ade Adenrele);
– Eje fun Eje (Produce);
– Baba Super (Produce) and many more.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENT DEALS
Has won big in the Yoruba entertainment awards as he wins them every year.. mostly “Best Actor Of The Year”
Has won the NEA Awards too.
And many more others.
The actor signed a multimillion naira endorsement deal with telecom giant Glo in 2011/2012.
Was later resigned by Glo in 2015 as an ambassador
RUMORS AND SCANDALS
The actor for real was involved in an adultery scandal with co-movie star Taiwo Aromokun a relationship they both later ended.
Odunlade once was rumored to be dating another Fathia Balogun in 2014 a rumor he debunked though.
He also was said to have fought with Mapoly students around a movie location using his power over them arresting them.. A rumor he later cleared himself over as the story was the other way round..
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SOURCES: naij.com, naijagists.com, takemetonaija.com