Wale Adebayo’s name may not ring a bell but the lanky actor and his unique look was the choice for the role of the god of thunder in the epic movie, Sango released in the early 2000s.
Although he took on a few other roles after Sango, not much has been heard of Adebayo in recent years. In an interview with Punch Newspaper, he speaks on quitting acting and his relocation to the United States for greener pastures.
Adebayo said, “For me, relocating to America wasn’t by choice; the situation of Nigeria played a huge factor in it. At some point, I told myself that I had a family to feed and the industry wasn’t as favourable as it should be. I stopped thinking about myself alone and the need to save my acting career. I wanted to do something for my kids”.
Speaking on starting over in a new environment, he said, “It wasn’t easy for me to leave what I enjoyed doing for another life in America. But the most important thing is that I am not where I was four or seven years ago. I am in a better place now and my family is more comfortable.”
“I everything to make a living out of acting but it just didn’t work for me. That is why I respect the likes of Richard Mofe Damijo, Ramsey Nouah, Kate Henshaw and Sola Sobowale. Even when they disappeared from the scene for some years, it seemed they never left once they returned. I call it grace. I have also learnt that an actor should never relax even though he has made a huge impact”, he added.