BY TIMILEHIN AJAGUNNA
Femi Adebayo, son of legendary actor, Adebayo Salami popularly known as Oga Bello has gone from living under the shadow of his father to carving a niche for himself in the movie industry, especially in the Yoruba sect. Many see him as a sex symbol and one of the leading hunks of the Yoruba films, but Femi would tell you he is just an actor who strives to interpret his roles as best as he could.
The Jelili star in an exclusive interview with NET speaks on his father’s influence on his career, his marriage crash, his perceived rivalry with Odunlade Adekola among other issues.
What’s the new thing Femi is working on at the moment?
Presently, I am not doing any other thing than to produce a movie. The movie is at the post-production stage and it’s titled Gbewiri Meta (Three armed robbers). The movie is an action packed movie and I have no doubt it’s going to be a hit. It’s going to have serious impact on Nigerian society.
What inspired the movie?
I was unfortunate to be a victim of an armed robbery attack, sometime in November 2011. Ever since then, I have been looking for a way to touch the hearts of people who think the best way to make a living is to engage in such practices. So, I thought about passing the message since I was once a victim of armed robbery attack. I felt very bad that they took my belongings and I know that that’s the way many Nigerians who have had the same experience feel. That was the inspiration for the movie.
What is the secret behind your sustained relevance despite the many years spent in the industry?
The secret is not far fetched. It is just Almighty God and hard work. I just do what I enjoy doing and put in my best in order to satisfy my fans. And I feel if the Almighty says yes, we will continue to be relevant, no man can stop us.