Biography of Bayegun Oluwatoyin (Woli Arole)

Full Biography of Woli Arole (Bayegun Oluwatoyin)

Bayegun Oluwatoyin, popularly known as Woli Arole was born on February 22nd 1990 to the family of Chief Frederick Bayegun. He is a Nigerian comedian, actor and on-air personality who hails from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State. He is fondly and professionally called Arole or Woli Arole.

Woli Arole was born in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria. He had his primary education in Olopade Agoro Apata, Ibadan, and his secondary school education was at Government College, Ibadan. He then proceeded to the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University where he studied Psychology. He also obtained a degree in filmmaking in 2020 from the Met Film School in the United Kingdom (UK).

Woli Arole started his career as an actor and stand-up comedian from Obafemi Awolowo University. He embraced social media and gained attention with short videos on Instagram. He soon auditioned and became a finalist at the Alibaba Spontaneity contest in Lagos. He debuted with his live show called ‘The Chat Room With Woli Arole’, on April 8, and it was met with applause.

In 2018, Woli Arole premiered his movie titled The Call which he produced and was featured as lead actor.
Woli Arole, is one of the comedians on the rise in Nigeria. His choice of comedy however, sets him apart from his counterparts - Arole connects and touches lives with his brand comedy which is usually in a prophetic disguise. Woli Arole is keen on taking his brand global and hopes to keep sharing fun and happiness with people.
According to him, he didn’t really make a shift from psychology to comedy. Instead, he found a balance and groomed his unborn gift of comedy to complement his field of study as a Psychologist.

The Arole brand is all about happiness, fun and laughter. Basically, I’m a comedian but Í am also an actor. All I do is share happiness and fun with people. I started six years ago, but the Woli Arole part of the brand started only last year.
Would you call winning Alibaba’s Spontaneity Competition the turning point for you?

Even though I won the second season of Alibaba’s Spontaneity Competition, I wouldn’t say that was my breakthrough. That would be back when I was in Obafemi Awolowo University when I held a show at the Amphitheatre.  The show was such a hit that its news got carried to the outside world. What Alibaba’s show did for me was just a bit of showcase to the outside world that there is someone called Arole.

How has the reception been for you and the comedy?

It has been incredible. The acceptance has been global. We plan to start performing outside Nigeria as we have started receiving invitations from different countries.
Tell us one thing about you that no one else knows?

I am a real prophet. I see real visions and I give real prophecies. It is not a joking thing (laughs…). It is a gift and I have people who can testify to this. That is the reason why my jokes are not the regular kind.

Woli Arole combines his love for comedy and his ministerial calling by creating the Woli Arole brand to fuse both. As a marketplace believer, he is actively engaging people with his comedy and art while using the the opportunity to preach unity, a good life and different messages that cut across all religion.

I am already in one; comedy for me is a ministry. When people hear my jokes they get healed, my perception of comedy is different.W

Ibadan is indigenous. It has a connection to my roots. It is a fantastic, quiet, serene and peaceful place to be. There is a lot serenity has to do with creativity and productivity.
Where is your favourite amala joint?

Any Iyadunni location in Ibadan. There is one along the expressway, one at Challenge, one at Aleshinloye. You should know I’m an Iyadunni fan. In fact, I should be an ambassador.

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