Alhaji Kareem Adepoju popularly called ‘Baba Wande’ says patience and avoidance of unhealthy competition are part of the values he holds high, which have made him a star to work with from 1963 to date.
He was born April 22, 1945 and began acting with the Oyin Adejobi Theartre Group 57 years ago.
Many hail him as one of the best comedians in the industry who delivers his lines with a serious face.
Limelight hit him in 1993 for his role as “Oloye Otun” in the popular flick, ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’, which was produced by him.
He was once engrossed in a controversy with Tunde Kelani – a veteran producer and director over the movie – ‘Ti Oluwa nile’. He said: “What actually happened is that I wrote the story and Tunde Kelani established a production company. He was the one who produced and financed the film. We both agreed that we would split the proceeds of the movies. He would take 70 per cent while I would take 30 per cent. The movie was in three parts but when it was time to make the second part, he (Kelani) said he wouldn’t give me anything out of the proceeds of the movie again. Till today, I have not gotten anything else from the movie”.
The strong and virtuous brand ‘Baba Wande’ was built over the years through being patience and contentment, according to him.
He attributes his success primarily to the mercy and grace of God.
He is happily married to his two wives and has many children.