Meet the Ìkálé man, YEMI My LOVER that brought Bollywood into Nollywood.

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Meet the Ìkálé man that brought Bollywood into Nollywood. His name is Yẹmí Ayébọ̀ aka YẸMÍ MY LOVER.

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The veteran was born in Òkìtìpupa, the southern senatorial district of Òndó-State to the family of Pa Joshua Ayébọ̀ and Chief(Mrs) Comfort Ade Ayébọ̀ of Ìkọ̀yà in Òkìtìpupa. He is the 2nd born of the family.

His journey into acting started around 1983 and he has produced numerous movies like “Bisi My Dear”, “Sunmisola”, “Yemi My Lover”(Where he got his popular name), “Yemi In The Moon”, “Ọba Sólómọ́nì” etc.

He was popular for his stunts in movies then. This may be as a result of the Chinese and Indian films he used to watch at the cinema then that informed his passion for acting. All his stunts then were real. They were not film tricks. He fulfilled the doctrine of verisimilitude in Literature.

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He is one of the products of Balogun Theatre Group owned Alhaji Rafiu Balogun, the husband of Madam Saje. However, he was initially under the duo of Godogbo and Ajirebi before they parted ways and their students had to look for other bosses to tutor them.

The likes of the popular gospel minister, Tope Alabi passed through Yemi my lover. In fact, Tope Alabi took a lead role in the movie “Yemi In The Moon” in the early 90s and as well helped Yemi My Lover in some of the sound tracks.

Another prominent actor that has a trace to Yemi My Lover is the husband of Mide Martins(Mide F.M. Abiodun), Afeez Abiodun aka Afeez Ọwọ. It was Yemi My Lover that named him ‘Ọwọ’ the first day he joined his theatre group because of how he used his hand to gesticulate his acting prowess.

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Yemi My Lover was one of the first movie producers who did their own soundtracks to their movies then ever before the likes of Odunlade Adekola, Bukunmi Oluwasina etc did same.

He is also known to always sing in his movies. Songs like…
“Má lọ o, ma lọ o, má ì lọ, Mojisola Olólùfẹ́ mi, má ì lọ sé”
“Ọmọ abìjà fi mí lè…” and the likes.

He got featured in one of Mr Macaroni’s skits recently.

Yemi Ayebo is married with children.


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