Many see him as a sex symbol and one of the leading hunks of the Yoruba films but Femi Adebayo 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….
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It is believed that there is a rivalry between you and Odunlade Adekola. What do you have to say about that?
Odunlade Adekola is one of my very good friends. We don’t see ourselves as rivals. Outside our profession, we see, we talk, we relate, we rub minds; we even share ideas regarding how to live our private lives. That automatically negates the word rivalry you are talking about. We are not rivals, we are friends, and we are colleagues.
We do our things and our fans appreciate us.
What would you say distinguishes you from him?
Odunlade is a very tall man and I am not tall, I think that’s one of the very obvious differences between us. But we have a lot in common. Odunlade is a very fantastic actor; I am a very fantastic actor as well.
We interpret our roles the way we feel it should be interpreted. We share the same date of birth. We are in the same industry. He is friendly, I’m friendly; he is down to earth and I’m equally down to earth.
Have you achieved all you set out to achieve with you career? I think I am achieving it; I am not there yet.
I am still moving up. I have achieved a lot but I think I can do more.
What are the things you are yet to achieve?
They are more personal to me. I know that there is still more for me to achieve.
Many believe that your dad’s success in the movie industry is the reason why you have gotten this far. Well, there is no doubt about it. I owe my success to him. I can’t rule out the fact that daddy’s name has helped me. I give glory to God and I want to thank my dad about that. I have received several awards locally and international and I have always dedicated the award to my dad, because his success in the profession made me what I am today. If you want to say I rode on daddy’s success, you are perfectly right. And if you think people appreciate me because I am Adebayo Salami’s son, you are perfectly right as well.
What was the experience like for you while growing up?
Growing up was fun. I was a very naughty boy when I was young, very stubborn but trust me very friendly as well. I grew up in the ghetto in Ebute Metta to be precise. My dad was very strict. I am very glad that I lived in a ghetto because I have been able to strike a balance between the people at the grassroots and people at the top and that makes life more sensible to me.
Recently, the media was awash with the news that you were planning to remarry soon, how true is that?
Well marriage is a thing of joy, If I want to get married, I won’t hide it but trust me, I am not getting married any time soon. I have no plans of getting married for now. I don’t even have a wife-to-be for now. But If I eventually see a lady that I am comfortable with, I will definitely marry her.
Do you have any regret parting ways with the mother of your three children?
I believe in destiny, and I take things the way they come. Marriage is a contract between two parties and in a contract you can have someone breaching the contract. I believe that is how the marriage is destined to end and I am cool with it….