Odunlade Adekola was born on 31 December, 1978 in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria. He is, however, a native of Otun Ekiti, Ekiti State. He attended St John's Primary School and St. Peter's College in Abeokuta, obtaining the West African School Certificate Examination before he proceeded to Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, where he received a diploma certificate. He received a degree in Bachelors of Business Administration at the University of Lagos.Odunlade Adekola is a Nigerian actor, singer, film-maker, producer and director, born and raised in Abeokuta, Ogun State, but from Otun Ekiti, Ekiti State.
He gained popularity with his lead role in Ishola Durojaye's 2003 movie, Asiri Gomina Wa, and has acted in multiple Nollywood movies since then. Adekola began acting in 1996, the same year he joined the Association of Nigeria Theatre Arts practitioners. He has starred in, scripted, produced and directed several Nigerian films over the years. In April 2014, he won the Africa Movie Academy Award for the best actor of the year.