Wale Adenuga is a popular Nigerian cartoon series publisher who has won numerous awards. He was the creator of the well-known Ikebe Super, Super Story, and Binta series.
Early Life & Education
Wale Adenuga was born on September 24, 1950, in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which is located in Nigeria’s southwestern region. He grew up in Ibadan and completed his SSCE at Ibadan City Academy. He went on to study for his higher school certificate at Lagos’s King’s College, where he first formed a POP band. Adenuga enrolled at the University of Lagos to study business administration in 1971. He also worked as a cartoonist for Campus Magazine, where he quickly rose to the position of chief cartoonist.
Wale Adenuga released his first comic, Ikebe Super, in 1975, after graduating and completing his mandatory one-year National Youth Service. The comic introduced prominent Nollywood actors such as Papa Ajasco, Pa Jimoh, and a playboy named Boy Alinco. Miss Pepeiye, who played a promiscuous gold-digger, was later cast as a major female character. Super Story, a satirical magazine focused on current events, and Binta, a children’s magazine, were among Adenuga’s other publications. These were two of Adenuga’s other works.
The late 1980s economic downturn had an impact on Nigerian publications, prompting Adenuga to make the switch from print to digital. Before the film industry began to expand, Adenuga released the film Papa Ajasco, based on the hero of Ikebe Super, in 1983. Papa Ajasco set the standard as the first English comedy in a field previously dominated by Yoruba productions. Binta My Daughter, a film adaptation of the book, was released in 1995. A year later, The Ajasco Family, now known as Papa Ajasco, debuted on Nigerian television to rousing acclaim.
In 2004, Adenuga founded the Pencil Film and Television Institute (PEFTI). Its courses include producing, directing, and cinematography.
In 1975, Wale Adenuga got married to his wife, Ehiwenma, whom she met at the University of Lagos. The couple is blessed with five children.
Awards & Nominations
2009: Recipient of honor from the Nigerian government as Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
2002: Best Television Drama and Awards at the Nigeria Film Festival.
2002: Best Socially Relevant Television Production Awards at the Nigeria Film Festival.
He won the Best Script Writer Award at the Nigeria Film Festival in 2002.
2002: Best Producer Award at the Nigeria Film Festival.
2002: Best Director Award at the Nigeria Film Festival.
Influence & Impact
Adenuga and his wife, Ehiwenma, established Binta International School on September 24, 1994, as a foundation devoted to enhancing education in Nigeria.
According to different sources online, Wale Adenuga’s net worth is estimated at around $3 million.