Jaiye Kuti: Biography, Age, Movies, Family & Career

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In this article, we are diving into the life of one of the prolific actresses in Nigeria, Jaiye Kuti. We will specifically talk about her biography, age, career, family, etc. 

Durojaiyeola Oluwakemi Kuti, popularly called Jaiye Kuti, is a prolific actress, screenwriter, film producer, and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of a video production company named Jaylex Aesthetic Production. 

Below is the breakdown of details about Jaiye Kuti. 

Early Life of Jaiye Kuti

Jaiye Kuti was born into the family of Rufus Adisa Oluwale on July 10, 1969, in Ilaro, Ogun State, Nigeria, and as of 2022, she’s 53 years old. 

Although she was born in Ilaro, she’s not a native of the town. She’s a native of Yewa Ayetoro, Egbado, in the same Ogun State. 

Jaiye Kuti: Biography, Age, Movies, Family & Career

Jaiye Kuti: Education

The famous actress had her elementary education at Sunshine Primary School but eventually joined Temidire Primary School when her father had a work transfer to the old Nigerian Telecommunication (NITEL).

After her primary school education, Jaiye Kuti enrolled at Ikorodu High School for secondary school. Going forward, she didn’t stop her formal education at the secondary school level. She studied Secretarial Administration at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State. 

Is Jaiye Kuti a PHD holder?

Prowess University in Delaware, United States of America, decorated Jaiye with an honourary doctorate in Arts. 

Many people may think she got a Ph.D. after going through the academic rigor of writing a thesis, but her award is ceremonial. 

Who is Jaiye Kuti’s husband?

The famous Fuji star, Wasiu Alabi Odetola, widely known as Pasuma, is the husband of Jaiye Kuti. 

To straightforward speculations, she revealed her marital status with Pasuma during an interview. 


Jaiye Kuti is a renowned actress but venturing into this career wasn’t smooth for her because her mum didn’t give her consent at that time. 

So before she started acting, she worked in the finance sector but later dropped this career path for her passion. 

In the context of her journey in the movie industry, Jaye Kuti initially planned to be a producer, but she also opted for acting just to establish and expand her network. 

Furthermore, she made her first appearance in 2002 in a television series titled, ‘Laff Patterns, ‘and this series became a catalyst for her popularity.

Apart from her debut tv series, she’s featured in other movies, which include Ashewo Airport, One Lover, Ogun mi, Gbogbo Okunrin, Face to Face, Spiders, and many more.

Movie Production of Jaiye Kuti

Jaiye doesn’t just feature in other people’s movies; she has also released several films.

To start with, she released two movies, Olori Amolege (Queen Amolege) and Oro Mi (My wealth), on the same day in 2017.

The movie Oro Mi (My Wealth) is a mixture of a true life story and fiction.

It has a mother of three who was a target for murderers but eventually escaped their attempts.

When released, these two movies were welcomed with a quick sold-out record.

Is Jaiye Kuti related to Fela?

Because of the name, it’s straightforward to assume she has a blood tie with the family of the late singer and activist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Some people thought she was Fela’s daughter. But no, Jaiye Kuti has no blood affiliation with the famous Fela Kuti family. 

Jaiye Kuti’s biological father passed away in 2015 at 70. 

Jaiye Kuti’s Awards

In this article, it was earlier mentioned that the Nollywood actress was awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts by Prowess University, Delaware, USA.

Also, she was honored with an ambassador’s position at Lagos State Polytechnic in 2016. This particular award came through for her commendable contribution to the Nollywood film industry.

Jaiye Kuti’s View About Soap Operas 

The Nigerian actress seems to prefer Soap Operas to conventional movies. 

She mentioned that soap operas pay more than a one-time movie. For instance, monthly take home from Soap Opera can be as much as ₦1 million, while a one-off movie can put between ₦600,000 and ₦700,000. 


All you need to know about Jaiye Kuti is detailed in this post. We covered his early life, age, movies, family, and career.


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Godfrey Ogbo, the Chief Editor and CEO of AtlanticRide, merges his environmental management expertise with extensive business experience, including in real estate. With a master's degree and a knack for engaging writing, he adeptly covers complex growth and business topics. His analytical approach and business insights enrich the blog, making it a go-to source for readers seeking thoughtful and informed content.

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