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Entertainment of Friday, 5 August 2022


Yemi Ayebo: Meet the veteran actor credited with bringing Bollywood into Nollywood

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Veteran actor, Yemi Ayebo popularly known as Yemi My Lover is credited for introducing elements of Bollywood, the name used to describe the Asian movie industry to Nollywood.

He was popular for using stunts in movies. Many say this influence could be a result of the Chinese and Indian movies that were dominant back then in the cinemas.
While the stunts portrayed were movie tricks, many believed Ayebo's stunts were real as he fulfilled the doctrine of verisimilitude in Literature.

Born in Okitipupa, the southern senatorial district of Ondo State, he is the second child of the family of Pa Joshua Ayebo and Chief Mrs. Comfort Ade Ayebo of Ikoya in Okitipupa.

His journey to movies began in 1983 and has led him to produce numerous movies like "Bisi My Dear", "Sunmisola", "Yemi My Lover"(Where he got his popular name), "Yemi In The Moon", "Oba Solomoni" and so many more.

Ayebo is a product of Balogun Theatre Group owned by Alhaji Rafiu Balogun, the husband of Madam Saje. 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.

He is credited for horning the ability of popular gospel minister, Tope Alabi.

The singer played the lead role in the movie "Yemi In The Moon" in the early 90s and has also been part of his numerous projects, aiding with the soundtracks.

Another prominent actor whose journey can be traced to him is Afeez Abiodun, the husband of Mide F.M. Abiodun. Afeez Abiodun gained his popular nickname Afeez Owo from Ayebo. He was given the name the first day he joined his theatre group because of how he used his hand to gesticulate his acting prowess.

He was also one of the first movie producers that pioneered having locally made soundtracks to movies before others.

He is also known to always sing in his movie. He was featured in a recent skit by Mr Macaroni. Yemi Ayebo is married with children.