Woli Arole (Real name: Bayegun Oluwatoyin, born 22 February 1990 ) is a 33-year-old comedian, actor, producer, brand ambassador, businessman, and CEO of Rhoar Tribe. He is popular for making skits and for starring in movies like The Call (2019), Once Upon An Adventure (2018), and Alakada reloaded (2017).
Arole’s talent has been able to shine through since his big break in Nigeria’s entertainment industry. Uniquely, his mode of enterprise has caught the attention of the teeming public and has brought a fresh view to comedy in Nigeria. While at it, he has also used various social media platforms to propagate the gospel in his own way.
Summary of Woli Arole’s Biography
- Full name: Bayegun Abimbola Oluwatoyin
- Nickname: Woli Arole
- Gender: Male
- Date of birth: 22 February 1990
- Woli Arole’s Age: 33 years old
- Ethnicity: Yoruba
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Married
- Woli Arole’s Wife: Yemi Adeola-Bayegun
- Woli Arole’s Children: Ezekiel Bayegun (Son)
- Woli Arole’s Parents: Chief Frederick Bayegun (Father), Mrs. Bayegun (Mother)
- Siblings: Tokunbo Bayegun (brother) and two other siblings
- Woli Arole’s Net worth: $1 Million (Estimated)
- Famous for: Comedy, Acting, Production, and brand ambassador
- Woli Arole’s Instagram: @WoliArole
- Twitter: @Officialarole
- Facebook: Woli Arole
- Education: Olopade Agoro Apata in Ibadan State. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State. Government College Secondary School, Ibadan. MetFilm School, United Kingdom (UK).
Woli Arole Is From Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State
Woli Arole’s real name is Bayegun Oluwatoyin and he is a Yoruba man from Ikare-Akoko, Ondo state in Southwestern Nigeria. He was born in Ibadan to the family of Chief Frederick Bayegun on 22 February 1990. He is from a family of six, including four brothers and both of his parents who are still alive and rocking their 80s.
Academically, he is a psychologist, trained at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State. Prior to this, he had his primary education in Olopade Agoro Apata in Ibadan State and graduated in 1999 from Government College Secondary School, Ibadan. Additionally, he earned a degree in filmmaking in 2020 from MET Film School, United Kingdom (UK).
Woli Arole Was A Semi-Finalist At Ali Baba’s Spontaneity Comedy Show
From practicing his skills as an actor in secondary school and a comedian at the university, Woli went on to audition at the quarterly event show called “Spontaneity” in 2015 hosted by Ali Baba. Although he did not win the comedy contest, he made it to the semi-final stage. From then on, he started to gain popularity while building a career in skits and comedy on Instagram.
Unlike many comedians, Woli Arole’s type of comedy is unique and entails prophetic masking and funny impressions as a prophet. In fact, his stage name “Woli” is a Yoruba language term for a prophet.
He has evolved over the years and has been involved in successful comedy shows like Ali baba’s January 1st Concert, AY Live Show, and many others. In addition, he has become a host and organizer of many Christian comedy shows across the country. He also debuted his show called “The Chat Room With Woli Arole” in 2020.
In the comedy industry, the “prophetic” sensation has worked alongside Woli Agba, Bovi, Helen Paul, Gordons, Seyi Law, and Kennyblaq among others.
Throughout his career, Woli has found ways to be versatile and grow in his own right. He moved from stage comedy to taking advantage of social media and streaming platforms such as YouTube. At the time of this writing, his YouTube channel has generated over 40,000 subscribers and over 6 million views since its inception in December 2014.
In the same light, Woli Arole has over 3 million people following him on other platforms such as Instagram, and Facebook. From this, we can also deduce that the comedian smiles to the bank from the chunky sum garnered from several adverts, promotional videos and posts he makes on the page.
Woli Arole’s Career as an Actor and Filmmaker
The father of one may have started practicing acting right from his teenage years in school and in church drama, but he luckily did not give up on his childhood dream of becoming a comedian.
Woli Arole has acted alongside other actors in the industry such as Moyo Lawal, Jide Kosoko, Toyin Abraham, Deyemi Okanlawon, Regina Daniels, Tana Adelana, Naira Marley, Sola Sobowale, Broda Shaggi, late Rachel Oniga, and Desmond Elliot.
The 33-year-old comedian did not limit himself only to acting rather, he has also successfully produced his movie titled The Call. The film, which was directed by James Abinibi, was released in 2019. It features actors like Segun Arinze, Afeez Oyetoro, Etinosa Idemudia, and others.
His Fame has Attracted Notable Brands to Collaborate With Him
Woli Arole has worked as an ambassador for Neimeth Pharmaceuticals PLC where he advertised for Pyrantrin, a worm expeller under the company products. He has also worked as the face of Ping Express, an online money transfer service with a large regional coverage of over 30 countries some of which are the USA, Europe, and Canada.
Other companies such as Agil Express, TigerWit Africa, and a real estate agency known as Pertinence Properties, have felt his impact and he has also run promotions for brands like Bstan Homes and Properties.
List of Woli Arole’s Movies
- Dice (2023)
- Alagbara (2022)
- Wasila Coded Reloaded (2022)
- Online (2021)
- Hustle (2021)
- The Enemy I Know (2019)
- The Call (2019)
- Knock Out (2019)
- 200 Million (2018)
- Binta Kolonko (2018)
- Once Upon An Adventure (2018)
- Alakada Reloaded (2017)
- Ordinary People (2017)
Woli Arole’s Awards and Nominations
- The comedian won a Nigerian Canadian Celebrities Entertainment Award in the category of Award of Excellence in 2018
- In 2017, Woli was named the Best Online Comedy Act at the Nigerian Entertainment Music Awards
- He was nominated for Comedian of the Year by City People Music Award
Is Woli Arole Married?
Woli Arole married Yemi Adeola on 10 April 2021 and they welcomed a son named Ezekiel Bayegun a year after in 2022. Woli met the love of his life in London and they began dating not long after.
Soon enough, social media went into a frenzy when Woli Arole decided to take the relationship a notch higher by proposing to his heartthrob. The wedding which was held in Nigeria was attended by many celebrities and colleagues of the comedian among whom were Ayo Makun, Cute Abiola, Olayinka SolomonGbenga Adeyinka, Seyi Law, Lateef Adedimeji, and Mr. Macaroni.