Ade Laoye (born 5 April) is a Nigerian actress and singer best known for her roles in Castle & Castle (2018), Finding Hubby (2020), and Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014). She is also the founder of The Real Deal NG.
Ade has, since 2006, explored different aspects of entertainment. She started as a stage actress before taking TV acting in 2014. Away from acting, she also has a career in TV, presenting and producing EbonyLife TV, as well as a career with a magazine in the United States.
Ade Laoye Hails From Osun State and From a Family of Entertainers
The actress is one of 5 sisters, and her family is artistic. Her grand uncle named Oba John Adetoyose Laoye, famed as Timi Agbale of Ede, was a famous drummer who was nicknamed The Drummer King.
Is Ade Laoye Related to Nikki Laoye?
Ade Laoye and Oyenike “Nikki” Laoye are cousins. The actress and Headies Award winner are more than cousins as the two women share an interest in music and were involved in the art of singing. Nonetheless, Ade took the path of acting while Nikki ventured into professional music and is known for songs such as Only You, Mighty God, Never Fail, 123, and African Dance.
She Studied Theatre Arts at Pennsylvania State University
Ade’s parents had wanted her to study medicine or engineering. Instead, she chose to take interest in theatre arts and headed to Pennsylvania State University to study it. The school has produced numerous American actors, including Caroline Bowman, John Aniston, Edward Binns, and Bruce Davison.
Ade Started Her Career as an Acting Coach and as a Stage Actor in the United States
The Osun State native stayed in the United States for 6 years after she graduated from the University. At the time, she was a stage actor who had performed in several parts of America, including Philidelphia and New York.
Her stage acting had her work with several theatres, including The Arden Theatre Company and Walnut Street Theatre. She also toured with off-Broadway company TheatreWorksUSA. Her hard work paid off, and she was recognized and nominated for Best Ensemble in musical. She also served as an acting teacher, mostly in schools and summer camps about acting.
Ade Laoye Worked with Playbill Magazine and was a Presenter at EbonyLife TV
Laoye had a career with a monthly United States magazine for theater goers called Playbill Magazine. Returning to Nigeria in 2012, she took a job as a presenter and producer at Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV. She is famous for her role on the daily entertainment show called EL Now before she left when she could no longer juggle acting with her TV career.
Knocking On Heaven’s Door is Ade Laoye’s Debut Film in Nigeria
In 2014, the Osun state native had a minor role as a choir member on Emem Isong and Desmond Elliot’s Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The film became her debut in the Nigerian movie industry and it features A-list actors such as Blossom Chukwujekwu, Adesua Etomi, Majid Michel, and Ini Edo.
On the other hand, her entry into TV series was also in 2012 when Laoye appeared in the first episode of Dowry as Lola. Also, in the earliest phase of her career, she played minor roles in Lunch Time Heroes (2015), and a short film called Erased (2015).
Her Interpretation of Oye in Hush Brought Her to the Limelight
Ade Laoye is one of the top actors in the Tope Oshin-directed Hush. In the series, she brought to life the character of Oye Agunbiade. Her role in the film is that of a complex, smart, and independent woman who is also the assistant of a gubernatorial aspirant.
Ade Laoye Runs a Training Platform for Actors
The Real Deal Nigeria (NG) is the initiative of Ade Laoye and another actress, Diana Yekini, to train people who have an interest in acting. The platform offers online acting workshops, one-on-one private coaching, and audition technique among others.
At present, the acting coaching platform offers workshops on the last Sundays of every month but may change depending on circumstances.
Who is Ade Laoye Dating?
The Nollywood actress has not given an insight into her relationship life. But in 2016, while musician Chike was competing in The Voice, she reached out to her Twitter account to say he was her boyfriend. On a deeper look, there is a likelihood that the actress could only be pulling the legs of her followers.
In a general, Ade opened up to being attracted to authenticity rather than looks or even money. According to her in an interview, friendship is the basis for any relationship, and when she finds that among other unique qualities, she would not mind having a relationship.
How Active is Ade on Social Media, and What are Her Handles?
The Ohio-born actress is into social media and is active on the following platforms:
- Twitter: @adelaoye
- Followers: 9.7 thousand
- Instagram: @adelaoye
- Followers: 57.5 thousand
- Facebook: Ade Laoye
- Followers: 7.8 thousand
- YouTube: Ade Laoye
- Subscribers: 24
To round it up, Ade Laoye remains one of the fastest-rising Nigerian actors of recent times. At the pace that the Pennsylvania State University graduate is going, she may soon be one of the top actors. Whatever the case, will her pace earn her the same comparison as the likes of Genevieve Nnaji? Perhaps time shall tell.