When it comes to awards especially in the Yoruba movie genre, Odunlade Adekola has amassed quite a bunch of them.
However, the highlight of his career came recently when he bagged an award at the 6th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards which was held in 2018. Odunlade Adekola finally broke the duck and won an award at this stage for this first time. Interestingly, the award showed that Odunlade wasn’t just restricted to acting in Yoruba movies as he won the award of the Best Actor in a Comedy/TV Series category for his role in the Nollywood English movie, ‘One million baby’.
The actor could not hide his elation when he was invited to the stage to receive his prize on stage at the Eko Le Meridien Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. He dedicated the award to all the good filmmakers in Nigeria and he further revealed that the award meant a lot to him. Odunlade also used the opportunity to correct the impression that he was one of the ‘lucky’ ones who came into the Nigerian movie industry at a time it had overcome nearly all its teething problems.
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Apart from this award, Odunlade has also won several awards over the last few years which you will get to discover in this post. But before we delve into that, let’s take a look at his life and career in the movie industry.
Odunlade Adekola was born on December 31st, 1977, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. He was born and brought in Abeokuta where he attended St John RCM Primary School and St Peter’s College for his primary and secondary education respectively.
The actor was born into a Christian home. His father is a Pastor while his mother is a deacon at the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in Abeokuta. Adekola is also a member of CAC and according to the actor he is a committed Christian. However, there have been rumours in the past, that Adekola’s rise has been diabolic in nature, claims which have been strongly denied by the actor.
According to the actor, his parents have always being avid supporters of his career. Adekola had his tertiary education in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) where he obtained a diploma certificate.
He is also a graduate from the University of Lagos where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the prestigious institution.
Odunlade debuted as an actor in 1996. Prior to starting his acting career, he was inspired by the like of Taiwo Hassan (Ogogo), Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello) and Lere Paimo. However, his most important influence was the late Isola Durojaye (Alasari).
The actor is married to Ruth Adekola and they have 3 children together. There were rumours of the actor having an amorous affair with a colleague, Taiwo Aromokun however the actress claimed she broke off the relationship when Adekola refused to take her as a second wife.
Odunlade is quite popular in the country especially among Yoruba movie lovers and he has signed several lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Glo, Goldberg and Conoil.
Prior to his debut in the Yoruba film industry, Adekola began acting in church where he used to play the role of jester alongside his childhood friend, Tunde.
The actor revealed during his award at the 6TH edition of the AMVCA that he joined the industry in 1996. Odunlade debuted with movies like Faworaja and Asiri Gomina. It was Asiri Gomina that gave him his big break and according to him, this was his most challenging movie as he had to play the role of a State Governor.
With regards to movies, Adekola has featured primarily in Yoruba movies but he has been seen in several English movies in recent times.
He starred in Taxi Driver (Oko Ashawo), Wives on Strike and New Money. Overall, he is a very versatile acting and he is arguably the best in the Yoruba movie genre.
He is the CEO of Odunlade Adekola Film Productions where he trains upcoming actors and actresses. He has some protégé in the industry. One of which is Tunde Owokoniran popularly called Tilapia. The actor graduated from the school in 2014.
Below is a list of the movies he has featured in over the last two decades.
- Alani pamolekun (2015)
- Asiri Gomina Wa (2003)
- Mufu Olosa Oko (2013)
- Baba Super (2012).
- Kabi O Osi (2014)
- Oyenusi (2014)
- Sunday Dagboru (2010)
- Monday omo adugbo(2010)
- Emi Nire Kan (2009)
- Eje Tutu (2015)
- Ma ko fun e (2014)
- Gbolahan (2015)
- Oju Eni Mala (2015)
- Kurukuru (2015)
- Olosha (2015)
- Omo Colonel (2015)
- Aroba (2015)
- Oro (2015)
- Baleku (2015)
- Babatunde Ishola Folorunsho (2015)
- Adebayo Aremu Abere’ (2015)
- Adajo Agba (2015)
- Oyun Esin(2015)
- Taxi Driver: Oko Ashewo (2015)
- Samu Alajo(2016)
- Sunday gboku gboku (2016)
- Abi eri re fo ni (2016)
- Igbesemi (2016)
- Lawonloju (2016)
- Pepeye Meje (2016)
- Asiri Ikoko (2016)
- Pate Pate (2017)
- Adura (2017)
- Ere Mi (2017)
- Okan Oloore (2017)
- Ota (2017)
- Farapamo (2017)
- Owiwi (2017)
- Agbara Emi (2017)
- Critical Evidence (2017)
- Olowori (2017)
- Iku Lokunrin (2017)
- Ila Owo (2009)
- Eku Meji (2017)
Odunlade Adekola’s Awards
Over the last ten years, Odunlade has been able to establish himself as an accomplished actor and he has several awards to show for it. These include:
- City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor of the Year (2009)
- City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor of the Year (2011)
- Popular Online Choice (Male) 2014
- City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor of the Year (2014)
- City People Entertainment Awards Best Actor of the Year (2015)
- African Magic Movie Award for Best Existing Actor in the movie Pepeye Meje
- Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best Actor (Indigenous) 2015
- City People Movie Award for Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year (Male) 2017