Adebayo Faleti was born on the 26th of December, 1921 in Agbo-Oye, Oyo State, though lived in Obananko, Kuranga, near Oyo State. He was 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 the lack of income, so he decided to put his primary education on hold.
He then gathered a couple of interested colleagues and started his own successful theatre group, named Oyo Youth Operatic Society (founded in 1949).
He later found his way back to school by getting a job in a primary school, in which he worked for six years to raise enough funds for his secondary schooling with the financial support of his father.
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 honors’ degree in English. In 1971, he attended the Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, the Netherlands, and received a certificate in Television Production.
Faleti has written, produced and acted in several popular Yoruba plays. He is also known for his poems. He was a teacher at Ife Odan, located near Ejigbo Town.
He was also the General Manager of Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), which was also known as Radio OYO, Ibadan. In 1959, he once worked at Western Nigerian Television (WNTV), now known as NTA Ibadan, as a film editor and a librarian.
He acted, wrote, and produced a number of movies, which include: Thunderbolt: Magun (2001), Afonja (1 & 2) (2002), Basorun Gaa (2004), and Sawo-Sogberi (2005).
Alagba Faleti Adebayo passed on in the early hours of Sunday, 23rd July
Pa Adebayo Faleti was a Yoruba translator and was responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba.
He also translated speeches being made by the Military President of Nigeria, Ibrahim Babangida and Chief Ernest Shonekan, Head of National Interim Government of Nigeria from English to Yoruba.
Adebayo Faleti published a dictionary containing the formal or official use of Yoruba names. He received many awards, both locally and internationally, including the national honor of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), the Festival of Arts award with Eda Ko L’aropin (1995) and the Afro-Hollywood Award for Outstanding Performance in Arts (2002).