Odunlade Adekola is one of the most popular Nollywood celebrities. He is known to feature in popular Yoruba movies; he has also appeared in several English movies too.
Adekola is also reputed to be the richest Nollywood Yoruba actor due to the frequency with which he features in movies.
Due to his popularity, Adekola has been able to secure lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Glo, Goldberg and Conoil. He is currently the host of Goldberg’s ‘Your Excellency’ Campaign.
The actor built a hotel in Abeokuta a few years ago which you’ll find out about in this article but first let’s take a look at his acting career.
Adekola has written and produced several movies. Some of his productions include Baba Super, Ila Owo, Eje fun Eje, Fayebora, Emi nire kan and Farapamo.
He is known for his fantastic delivery and passionate acting. Adekola is a very flexible actor and seamlessly fits into any role he plays.
Adekola is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Odunlade Adekola Film Production (OAFP). The outfit is responsible for grooming acting talents in the country. OAFP acting school has produced the likes of Babatunde Owokoniran also known as Tunde Tilapia. Tilapia has been able to break into the Yoruba movie industry since he met Odunlade Adekola
The actor began acting in the church where he used to play the role of jester alongside his childhood friend, Tunde. At that time, he was a member of the Christ Apostolic Church, Lafenwa.
Eventually, Adekola made his debut in the film industry in 1996. A couple of his earliest movies include Faworaja and Asiri Gomina. Asiri Gomina was produced by Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin). Adekola claimed that this movie was his most challenging movie till date and this was the movie that shot him into limelight.
Adekola’s popularity has made him a ubiquitous character on internet memes. Prior to his debut, Adekola was mentored by the late Isola Durojaiye also known as Alasari. He joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts Practitioner in 1996, the same year he made his debut to the movie scene.
The celebrity actor is a graduate of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) and the University of Lagos (UNILAG). He studied Business Administration at UNILAG
He has featured in over 100 movies since his debut in 1996. Also, Adekola has been able to successfully crossover to the Nollywood English movies unlike many of his colleagues. He has featured in movies like Taxi Driver and Wives on Strike.
Adekola has been able to amass a tidy fortune for himself as a result of his earnings from acting and endorsement deals.
And the actor has been able to diversify his earnings into real estate particularly in Abeokuta. Adekola’s assets and activities in Abeokuta probably explain why he hasn’t left Abeokuta for Lagos like many of his colleagues.
A few years ago, Adekola used his earning into building a multimillion naira hotel in Abeokuta. It is estimated that the hotel cost the actor over N50 million. The exquisite edifice is said to be located around the Adigbe axis of Abeokuta.
With this asset, it seems Adekola is beginning to view life outside of acting and this explains this investment in the hospitality business.