Wale Adenuga (listen) (born 24 September 1950) is a Nigerian former cartoonist/publisher, and currently series producer, best known for the publications Ikebe Super, Binta and Friends and Super Story, as well their televised versions through his production company WAP.[2]

Wale Adenuga

Wale Adenuga

(1950-09-24) 24 September 1950 (age 73)
EducationUniversity of Lagos
Notable workSuper Story
Papa Ajasco
Ehiwenma Adenuga
(m. 1975)

Early life edit

The son of a tobacco merchant, Adenuga was raised in Ibadan and attended the Ibadan City Academy where he obtained his O-Level certificate, before proceeding to King's College, Lagos for his higher school certificate[3] where he formed a pop band which disbanded upon their secondary school completion.[4]

Publishing edit

Adenuga studied Business Administration at the University of Lagos in 1971, and worked for the cartoon section of the Campus' Magazine where he was soon made Chief Cartoonist. In 1975, after graduation and youth service in Bendel, his comic Ikebe Super was launched,[5] introducing several iconic characters including womaniser Papa Ajasco, illiterate Pa Jimoh, and playboy Boy Alinco. A leading female character, promiscuous gold-digger Miss Pepeiye, was later introduced. Adenuga's other magazines were Super Story, which focused on satirical issues and Binta, a children's publication.[4]

Film/Television Production edit

In the late eighties, Nigerian publications were affected by the economic depression, leaving Adenuga with the decision to move from print to electronic media.[6] Before the growth of the film industry, Adenuga had released the celluloid movie Papa Ajasco, which was based on the main character in Ikebe Super, in 1983. Papa Ajasco made history as the first English comedy in an industry which had been dominated by Yoruba productions.[7] A film version of Binta was released in 1995, and two years later the television series Papa Ajasco (formerly The Ajasco Family) was aired on AIT to rave reviews. This small screen version saw the return of the old characters alongside Pa James who was created to avoid offending muslims. ("We did not want [a muslim] who did the silly things as Pa Jimoh alone.")[who?]

Institutions edit

On 24 September 1994, Adenuga and his wife Ehiwenma founded Binta International School in Lagos, a foundation dedicated to better education in Nigeria;

In 2004, Adenuga opened the Pencil Film and Television Institute (PEFTI). Its courses include Producing, Directing, and Cinematography. The school was recently[when?] featured in De Film Industries van Nigeria, a Danish documentary on the Nigerian film industry.[8]

Awards edit

  • 5 awards at the Nigeria Film Festival, 2002: Best Producer, Best Script Writer, Best Director, Best Television Drama and Best Socially Relevant Television Production.
  • Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), 2009

Personal life edit

Adenuga has been married to Ehiwenma since 1975.[1]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "My hubby not a womaniser –Mrs. Wale Adenuga". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Nigerians are natural actors —Wale Adenuga MFR". Tribune Online. 30 October 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  3. ^ Nigerian Heroes Archived 23 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b The intimate secrets of Wale Adenuga,Modern Ghana.
  5. ^ A third eye for stories Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Nigeria: Bad Casting Bane of Nollywood, Says Wale Adenuga". Vanguard (Lagos). 7 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ "I have the third eye —Wale Adenuga, lele creator of Papa Ajasco". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  8. ^ "The PM News | Singapore Breaking News Headlines and Articles". thepmnews.com. Retrieved 22 December 2017.