This is a story of 3 popular families who at all times rocking the Yoruba movie Industry according to Yorubamoviegist.com’s research. There are many families in the industry who are also doing well but this certain set of families are obviously the peak of the sector. They are:
Adebayo Aremu Salami popularly known as Oga Bello was born on May 9, 1953 in Lagos, but he’s a native of Ilorin, Kwara state. He started acting at the age of 11 in 1964 with a group called Young Concert Party. He led late Ojo Ladipo’s Theatre Group which was later named Awada Kerikeri Theatre Group.
Bello was inspired by watching Television series peoduced by late Huber Ogunde called the Village Doctor.
His first appearance was in a Yoruba film by Dr. Ola Balogun titled Ajani Ogun, where late Ade Love played the lead role. Apart from that, Adebayo has many children amongst who are also in the Yoruba Film Industry. They are Omolara Adebayo, Femi Adebayo, Sodiq Adebayo, Kemi Adebayo and his oldest wife, Risikat Ejide, the CEO Ejide Movie Production. Femi and his elder brother, Wale first acted In the yesteryears’ movie titled Owo Blow by Tade Ogidan. Sodiq is a location manager and he produces movies. In Adebayo family, there are movie producers, director, actors and actresses as well as marketer. The family has the largest number of people in the industry. It is very easy for them to produce movies which ultimately made them number one family dominating Yoruba movie genre.
Another family on this list is the popular AFOLAYAN FAMILY: it all started with their late father, Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade Love), in his lifetime. The foremost filmmaker raised a lot of bars. Asides acting, his vocal dexterity was also a plus, he produced soundtracks for movies before he died. He was one of the greatest film makers in Nigeria. Even before his death, the late movie icon initiated some of his children and family members to his line of business and his good will is still working well for them. In Afolayan Family, virtually all Ade Love’s children are into acting. Not just to act but to produce, sing and make sound tracks for movies like their dad. To start with is his first son, Kunle Afolayan who became popular after he played the role of Arese Jabata in Saworo Ide by Mainframe Production. Today, Kunle is one of the successful actors in Nigeria. He’s rated among filmmakers who produces big project movies not only in Nigeria but worldwide. Kunle, Aremu, Gabriel, Moji as well as their aunty, Toyin Afolayan a.k.a Lola Idije are hosting their father’s colourful flag. And there’s this touch of style and excellence in what they do.
This family definitely needs no introduction if you are conversant
with Yoruba movies’ adverts because each time the film they featured is being advertized, names like Murphy Ray Lasun Ray, Mukah Ray, Mama Ray, Baba Ray will be mentioned while their fans still waiting for Children and Grandchildren Ray to make the list. Their late father, Eyinwunmi Ray was a great pioneer of the Yoruba theatre industry before moving to home video. After his death, his children took over and ever since then, they are tremendously doing well for themselves.