Adebayo Faleti Biography

Adebayo Faleti was Nigeria’s first film director and librarian born on the 26th of December 1930, in Agbo-Oye, Oyo State and died on the 23rd of July 2017 in Ibadan.

He was Africa’s first newscaster, Africa’s first stage play director, Nigeria’s first film editor and librarian who worked with the first television station in Africa – Western Nigeria Television.

Adebayo Faleti Biography
NameAdebayo Faleti
Date of birthDecember 26, 1930
DiedJuly 23, 2017
Place of BirthAgbo-Oye, Oyo
State of OriginOyo State
Country of OriginFederal Republic of Nigeria
Martial StatusMarried

Adebayo Feleti Biography

Adebayo Faleti was Nigeria’s first film director and librarian born on the 26th of December 1930, in Oyo town and died on the 23rd of July 2017 in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital

Adebayo Feleti Early life

Adebayo Feleti Early life

Faleti was born in Agbo-Oye, Oyo State though lived in Obananko, Kuranga, near Oyo State. He is the first son of his father, Joseph Akanbi Faleti and the only child of his mother, Durowade Ayinke Faleti.

From an early age, Alagba Faleti always had a passion for drama. Unfortunately, his parents could not fund his education to pursue his dreams due to a lack of income, so he decided to put his primary education on hold.

Adebayo Feleti Education

In 1966, he attended the University of Dakar in Senegal and obtained a Certificate of proficiency in French Language and Civilization.

Two years later, he graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with an honours degree in Lit-in-English. In 1971, he attended the Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and received a certificate in Television Production.

Adebayo Faleti Career

Adebayo Faleti Career

Faleti has written, produced and acted in several popular Yoruba plays. He is also known for his poems. He was the first school teacher at Ife Odan, located near Ejigbo Town in Osun State.

He was also the General Manager of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), which is also known as Radio OYO, Ibadan. In 1959, he worked at Western Nigerian Television (WNTV), now known as NTA Ibadan, as a film editor and a librarian.

Adebayo Faleti Movies

Faleti has acted, written, and produced a number of movies, which include: 

  • Thunderbolt: Magun (2001)
  •  Afonja (1 & 2) (2002)
  • Basorun Gaa (2004),
  • awo-Sogberi (2005).

Adebayo Faleti Awards

Adebayo Faleti has received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the

  • National Honour Of Officer Of the Order of the Niger (OON), 
  • Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.), 
  • Justice of Peace (JP),
  • Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP).
  • [AdFestival of Arts award with “Eda Ko L’aropin” in 1995

Adebayo Faleti Family

Faleti had two wives, one of whom had been living with him for more than 35 years till she died. Her name is Mrs Olubunmi Faleti, television personnel at the Nigerian Television Authority.

His first wife was Mrs Moteniola Faleti, a retired nurse at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Faleti has up to 15 children. His first child is Mrs Adebola Orunsolu (née Faleti) while his last child is Adesiyan Olamilekansi Faleti.

Adebayo Faleti Death

Faleti died on the 22nd of July 2017 at the University College Hospital Ibadan.Oyo State at the age of 86.


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